Souk: Arab marketplace or bazaar.Just saying the word ‘souk’ conjures up images of exotic spice displays with pungent scents filling the air and tiny shops with dark interiors selling goods straight out of the tales of Arabian Nights.
|Spice for sale in Aswan, Egypt|
|This wasn't just a tourist attraction, this was where locals shopped|
“Hey, lady! What you want? You want spice?”
|Shops lined the street in Aswan's souk|
“Bon jour, welcome to Aswan!” We were welcomed in French and German.
'Where you live?' Greece, we replied, causing each questioner a moment’s pause, then a quick, 'Kalimera!' The few times we said we were Americans, the jovial response was, “Welcome to Alaska!” (it seemed to be some new ‘clever’ phrase, as they used it often).
|Souk shopping to spice up life in Aswan|
Now there are the tourist touts who will offer you taxis, tours, boat rides and shopping deals but even they, who can be as pesky at times as the flies that populate this city, were kind, chit-chatty people. Everyone we encountered spoke English . . .and many it seem speak German, French and Spanish and a few, Greek.
|From farm-to-table gardens here|
|Nubian woven items|
|Colorful displays filled the streets - Aswan, Egypt souk|
|The sights and sounds of the souk never disappoint|
I'm still in that Scheherazade mood, so I have more tales from Egypt coming up in the next few weeks and hope they'll tickle your travel bug.
Whereever you are we wish you and yours happy and safe travels. As always, thanks so much for the time you spend with us!
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