Friday 27 April 2012

Inspired By Egypt

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As most of my friends and family already know, I am very, very enthusiastic (to the point of obsessive) about Egypt.

I have never been to Egypt (well, I've never actually ever been abroad), but if I only ever got to visit one foreign country in my whole life, I wouldn't even hesitate to pick Egypt.

Why? It's magnificent! It has some of the most natural beauty you could ever see in the whole world. Not to mention an amazing and diverse history.

Whilst for most people, simply having lots of gorgeous beach area to relax and kick back on may be enough, I feel there is a lot, lot more to Egypt than this. If you're looking for drinking and visiting the beach, there are so many places you could choose from, to me, going to Egypt and not discovering its rich heritage would be a total waste of a holiday to the beautiful land of Egypt. I'm sure if I had the time, I might relax on the beach, but it would be low on my list of priorities.

Sharm El-Sheikh beach

An absolute must for me would be to visit the Great Pyramids at Giza. These are not only a beautiful sight, but also a miraculous feat that hasn't been topped in the many thousands of years since they were built. Even with the technology available today, nothing so magnificent has been made anywhere in the world. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the Pyramids, and that just adds to the excitement, awe and wonder. The most exciting being Khufu's tomb. The oldest of the Seven Wonders of World, and what a wonder it is...

The Great Pyramids at Giza

Whilst at Giza, I would not want to miss a visit to see the Sphinx, which means 'The Terrifying One' not least no doubt down to the fact that it a giant awesome creation with the body of a lion and the head of a human.

I would also love to visit the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. It was Imhotep who designed this for King Djoser. It's a fascinating piece of architectural wonder.

Step Pyramid

I would definitely want to visit Luxor. There is so much to see there - the Court of Amonhotep III (which is also known as the Sun Court), Alexander the Great's Barque Chapel, amongst many other delightful historic sites which I believe are collectively known as the Temple of Luxor.

                                  The Court of Amonhotep III
Alexander the Great's Barque Chapel

I would love to take a trip on the River Nile. The River Nile is the longest river in the world, as I am sure most people know. In Ancient Egypt, it was known as iteru - which translates roughly as 'great river', the English name Nile is derived from the Semitic word 'Nahal' which means river.The River Nile is basically the life and soul of Egypt and has been for a very long time.

River Nile

I would want to visit Aswan. Aswan plays a great part of Egypt's history. It has some very noteworthy places I would want to visit. First and foremost, I would want to visit the Temple of Philae (which includes the Temple of Isis), the Nubian Museum (a must for an Ancient Egypt enthusiast such as myself), the botanic gardens at Kitchener's Island, the ruins of the Monastery of St. Simeon and Elephantine Island would rank highly at the top of my list.

                                            Botanic Gardens
Nubia Museum

Not everything would have to be about the history of Egypt though. For example, it would be hard to resist going on a camel desert safari or diving at Sharm El Sheikh. These both sound like loads of fun and I wouldn't want to miss out on the chance to experience them!

                               Camel safari


There are many more sights and delights that I would love to experience in Egypt, though I fear my enthusiasm may keep me writing this blog post until I am old and grey (I'm only 29 at the moment!) as there is so much I would love to see and do, I think even if I lived there, I would not have enough time in a lifetime to see everything I wanted to see!

Last, but not least, I would undoubtedly want to visit Cairo, after all, it is the heart of Egypt. I think this would all be about the tourism aspect - I'd have to go shopping for lots of lovely genuine Egyptian products to bring home, experience the food and the culture, see the sights, and check out some traditional music experiencing the Egyptian night life.

Please send me and my husband, Paul on a holiday to Egypt