Discovering Egypt with Abdul.

It takes a very special person to captivate, educate and  entertain but we knew that Abdul had all three of those qualities the moment we met him on a cruise down the Nile organised by Discover Egypt on a Sonesta cruise ship We were a small group of three which meant we had Abdul’s undivided attention as he led […]

Aswan – it’s not just about the dam!

    Having Abdul our local guide show us around his home town was a highlight of our Nile cruise with Sonesta.  We kicked off with a small granite climb to see the unfinished obelisk that Ancient Egyptians had patiently started to cut out of a rock face and which they believed to be the largest of its […]

How to make paper with papyrus!

Our Egyptologist Abdul took us to Hamees Papyrus Gallery in Luxor where we learned how to make papyrus. The plant is cut with a long stem and then cut into about 8 inch lengths, the dark green ‘bark’ is then stripped off with a sharp knife revealing a creamy inner core which contains water and sugar. The […]

Tales of the Nile river bank.

Gliding down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan gave me a unique opportunity to see life almost standing still in some of the smaller settlements along this great river. Seemingly unperturbed by small convoys of cruise boats, farmers and fishermen go about their day whether it be guiding water buffalo, collecting sugar cane or handling […]