Friday, June 16, 2006

Travel: Visiting Aswan
A very nicely written and helpfully descriptive travel article about visiting Aswan, focusing on key monuments like Philae and Abu Simbel, as well as more local activities like a visit to the souq, and not forgetting the High Dam itself. The Nubian Museum, so often forgotten by travel writers, is also described: " We visited the Nubian Museum in the morning. The drowning of Nubia happened rather rapidly so the collection is small. The displays are beautifully presented and range from 6000 BC pottery bowls to exquisite 25th dynasty sculpture and statues. The displays of traditional Nubian housing and explanations of their communal thinking, property rights and marriage rituals record traditions slowly being lost as displaced Nubians assimilate with Egyptian society. There is a fascinating photographic exhibition and additional display recording the UNESCO rescue project. The gardens are magnificent, tranquil and a tourist policeman offered to share his seat in the shade with us."
See the above article for the full story.

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