Our plane taxied to a stop some distance from the terminal - even though it appeared to be the only on that had landed in some time - and we traveled the last few hundred meters on a bus.
We were definitely excited but were feeling bit disorientated and vulnerable as we made our way through the empty arrivals area -- following a man we'd just met -- to collect our bags and have them checked through customs. He was also the one who would get us to our hotel.
|Boats on the Nile in the evening's light - Aswan|
(And I have to admit we’d arranged transportation with our hotel so that man we were following was their representative. Well worth the $45US we spent for that service as it was a bit more complex than we'd been led to expect.)
|Sunset on The Nile - Aswan, Egypt|
A darkened desert. . .armed guards. . .Aswan Dam! Nile River! It all added to the mystery and the out-of-the-ordinary feel of this travel adventure. We were definitely back in Egypt, one of our favorite travel destinations.
This time though we were spreading our wings beyond Cairo’s 'comfort zone.' This trip we are spending most of our time in Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city. . .in the land of the Nubians.
Land of the NubiansThe Nubian region stretches from southern Egypt into Sudan. It is believed the first Nubian civilization was in this area now known as Aswan as long as 5000 years B.C. With so much history here, there are plenty of museums and archeological sites to keep us busy. Not to mention two islands to visit, the Nile upon which we plan to spend some time and of course, who could come to Egypt and not shop in their enchanting souks?
|Old Cataract Hotel - Aswan, Egypt|
|Lobby area Old Cataract Hotel - Aswan, Egypt|
|Our room - Old Cataract Hotel - Aswan, Egypt|
|Our room with a view - Old Cataract Hotel - Aswan, Egypt|
|Ruins of Abu - Elephantine Island Aswan, Egypt|
I'd hoped to have some Agatha Christie mojo rub off on me but with so much I want to tell you about this place, I am feeling more like Scheherazade – so be prepared. I don't have 1,001 tales for you but I've got many more coming from this enchanting Land of the Nubians.
|Old Cataract Hotel Gardens and entry - Aswan, Egypt|
We have been traveling on our own and have wondered through Aswan’s souks, along its main roads, and through Nubian villages -- and never once have we felt unsafe or threatened. In fact, just the opposite - we've been warmly welcomed. We’ve been thanked for visiting. People are geniunely flattered that we like their city.
We've barely touched the surface - and we'll definitely be back!
That’s it for this week from Egypt. Safe travels to you and yours and thanks for being with us. We hope you'll be back next week ~
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