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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cairo!

The Egyptian Museum probably has the most cachet of any museum in the world.  If anybody has ancient relics it's the Egyptians, right?


It definitely delivered!


A family--probably one of the most famous of its kind.


Our Egypt host couple, the Hoers, gave us a completely unique tour pointing out all of the temple symbolism!  Here they noted the manner in which this Egyptian is wearing his robe.


I neglected to take a mummy count.  They were prolific!  I've seen mummies in other places, but the sheer number here was staggering.  Particularly impressed with the beautiful teeth!! So straight and white!


As shown by his uncrossed arms, this guy is just a guy.  But he made it into the Egyptian Museum, so Hey!



Even a mummified smiling crocodile!  Loved the animal room!


Oldest document in the world


Not King Tut, but a pharoah's death mask nevertheless.  The Tut room was magnificent, but no pictures could be taken.  The guards stood and forced a girl to delete hers in front of them, and when she got snippy they escorted her out!  "No Tut for you!!"


This guy (Ramses) was found buried and preserved in mud in the ancient city of Memphis!



The "portable" Sphinx at Memphis.  His nose is still intact. (We looked for the Elvis impersonator to no avail.)


Even the kitsch is cool!


Oh, to be of such rare beauty that a sculptor would want to capture me in alabaster...sans whatever beasts seem to be coming out of her forehead.





If you don't stop to think about it, you can choose to put yourself in this long, dark, narrow, steep passageway heading up up up and into the gut of the pyramid.  It's strenuous and you fight the panic!  After what seems like forever you emerge into a tiny room with an empty bathtub-sized sarcophagus where you can at last stand up straight.  If you're a kid you might climb into the sarcophagus for a picture op.  The room was dark and small, and I was anxious to descend back out into the Egyptian sun!!!  On a normal non Easter day you would have been joined on this "ride" by hundreds of your closest friends.  The three of our group of 15 who opted to go had it basically to ourselves.







Parking lot!


Either the Sphinx is shrinking or someone has been playing mind games with me all these years.



A holy site on the Nile in the Coptic church where Mary and Joseph supposedly landed back in their exile days


Playmates on the banks of the Nile



Beautiful Sudanese women leaving the Coptic church


If your headrest covers aren't as cool as these, then just don't bother.

Au revoir la Caire!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rosie's Walk

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I thought of this picture book when I was up and about and out taking a constitutional this morning.  It's a simple story of what Rosie the chicken passes as she takes a morning stroll around the farmyard.


I was up early enough today that all I saw as I sauntered was this tourist bus coming up the hill and stopping at the mausoleum.


Catching this place before it fills up with tourists is worth the effort.


Water in this fountain is a new development!  



Picture the Pope and Morocco's king here just a short month ago.


I pointed myself towards the Kasbah and breathed in the clear ocean air (hopefully flushing out Cairo's bad air...) as I walked towards it.



At this point I crossed the street again and veered off into a side passageway and went through an open gate which opened up into this massive spectacular cemetery!  I had a good feeling that if I went to the top, I would see 


THIS!


And THIS!


We have seen this cemetery from the beach, but we didn't see a way to get in or know if we'd even be allowed in!  At this point I was a little giddy because I LOVE ME a good cemetery!


Now I was truly free-wheeling it.  I followed my nose and ended up on a side street entrance into the medina.  Ever the snoop, I discovered hidden treasures.



Back on familiar turf, I cut through the garden park


and made my way home.  More Rosie's Walks in my future, and next time I'll bring along my companion.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Sebt Gzoula



A perfect tea party.






This was a tender little exchange I just happened to catch.  The older man had his arm so lovingly around the little boy.


After our meeting ended we took a farm tour!






These are actually olive trees because they have been cultivated in rows.  Argan trees, on the other hand, cannot be cultivated.  They are merely acts of God wherever they appear.  So so cool and such apt imagery for so many precious things.


A perfect argan tree!  We traveled a ways to get to it. 


My awesome friend Sue (from China Teachers) sent me this picture from a trip to Morocco she and Rick took.  I think this probably takes place when the seed/nut is a little more mature.


The harvest


Argan nut cracking demo


At the end of our farm visit--but not before we sat down to bread dipped in argan oil, dates, almonds and walnuts ("It is particularly delicious to open the date and insert a walnuts!"), oranges and mint tea,  we were presented with this.  I love it beyond even words.  We will hoard it to the last lazy shake-the-bottle drop...

Favorite books

  • Me 'n Steve
  • Thundering Sneakers
  • James Herriott's vet books
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Travels with Charley
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Peace Like a River
  • The Egg and I
  • Mary Poppins
  • Extremly Loud Incredibly Close
  • How Green Was my Valley