The Nile

Cruising the Nile was a dream come true, what better to appreciate this magnificent river than on a luxurious boat with all the comforts of home and more.   Four days of beautiful scenery, passing by towns where the call to prayer echoes out across the valley.  Egyptians go about their business and children play on river bank waving out happily as you pass by.

I boarded my 4 story cruise boat in Aswan and sailed up the Nile to Luxor stopping along the way at temples and docking overnight at Edfu.  It was an amazing four days of wonderful sights, fantastic service and beautiful meals.

Another way to cruise the Nile is by felucca, a cute sail boat that relies on the cool breeze of the Nile to push them along, zig zaging across the river to make the most of the wind.  No plunge pool with bar service or day spa though but still quite lovely I am told.  I was the only one in my tour group that took the upgrade and even though they sailed a day earlier my boat passed them within 30 minutes of leaving Aswan.

When you go to Egypt this is certainly one of the adventures that is a must, either by cruise boat or felucca it will be an incredible journey.

 

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Egypt has the most beautiful sunsets especially while cruising the Nile, this was taken from my bedroom window of my cruise.

 

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Alexandria – Part 3

A trip to the Alexandria Library is well worth the visit, it is a magnificent building that has an amazing goal and purpose.  While this new library may never be able to replace the knowledge lost when the Great Library was destroyed many centuries ago, they will certainly succeed in preserving knowledge for many centuries to come.

The goal of this place of knowledge is to house every single piece of literature ever publish, ambitious as it sounds they are accomplishing exactly that every day.  Aside from rows of bookshelves  and study cubicles, at the heart of the building large servers run 24/7 downloading and archiving new publications. Embracing the technology of today as well as the passion for knowledge, a fitting replacement for the Great Library that once stood near by.

Like any other library you will find students studying, locals wondering in to check out a book or browsing the catalogues and of course everyone is doing it quietly.  It would have to be one of the most quiet places in Egypt.  Believe me a quiet place in this country is very hard to find.

If you are ever lucky enough to visit Alexandria take some time to visit the Alexandria Library. The Library is not only for book lovers but for art lovers also, historic printing presses, contemporary art  and sculptures  are all on display. I’m quite sure my I.Q jumped up a few points after spending time amongst all that history and knowledge. Enjoy!

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Beautifully designed building they certainly know how to build great things in Egypt

 

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Row after row of books 
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Behind the glass sits massive servers downloading 24/7 all new published literature