Saturday, May 27, 2006

Travel: The Western Desert

It is always good to see the Western Desert being featured in travel stories, for a change. This article describes the highlights of a family's trip to the Egyptian Western Desert, picking out some of their more memorable moments: "We merely dipped our toes into that vast sea of sand, so to speak, but it was such an exhilarating experience that I have difficulty picking out the highlights of our five-day desert trek. Most times I chose our night of desert camping, awed by chalk-white rock formations that seem more appropriate to the moon's terrain than to Earth. Some days it's our family's early morning ride with 34 camels, accompanied only by two Egyptian boys taking the herd to the day's pasture. Other times it's our three-hour hike through the Old City of Mut, a labyrinth of dusty lanes and mud-brick homes that dates to the Roman era - and a village that, except for the occasional satellite dish bringing the modern convenience of television, seems to have changed little over the centuries."
See the above page for the entire account.

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