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this is my 1078th photo as well as my 732th.
my last shot on my egyptian trip early this year.

303 PHOTOS, OVER 1000 COMMENTS.
THANK YOY YOU ALL FOR VISITING AND YOUR VALUABLE COMMENTS.
FOR ME IT HAS BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE SHARING WITH YOU.

TWO OF THE GIRLS ON THE TRIP PUT ME UP TO AND INTERESTING TASK: GABRIELLA, THE TRIP COORDINATOR, PROMISED THE EGYPTIAN ENBASSADOR IN CARACAS THAT A SHORT TWO PAGE NOTE WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN THE CARACAS COUNTRY CLUB JOURNAL, THAT ELIZABETH RUNS. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, I ENDED UP WRITING THE ARTICLE.
HERE IS THE SURPRICE:
NOW I'LL COPY HERE FOR YOU ALL, FIRST IN SPANISH AND LATER IN ENGLISH, SOME OF "THE FEELING" IS LOST IN THE TRANSLATION, BUT I FEEL IT'S A FAIR ONE.

IMPRESIONES DE UN TURISTA EN EGIPTO, PRIMERA VISITA

por Nicolas A. Arvelo



Fascinación, serenidad, majestuosidad, sorpresa, incertidumbre, incredulidad, admiración, respeto…….

¿Por donde comenzar?
¿Cuál de estas u otras palabras harían justicia a comenzar a relatar la maravillosa experiencia de visitar Egipto?

El volar desde El Cairo a Abu Simbel es por si misma una experiencia única. El observar la estrecha franja de vegetación a ambos lados del río Nilo, el contemplar el siempre variante desierto perderse en el horizonte da una sensación de pequeñez ante tanta inmensidad.

Es difícil de asimilar dicho contraste y más difícil aun comprender la dedicación y laboriosidad de los antiguos habitantes que hace miles de años, con limitados recursos técnicos realizaron obras que aun hoy en día serian difíciles de ejecutar!!!!

Tierra de reyes y de dioses……regada por doquier de impresionantes monumentos que perduran en el tiempo e inmortalizan a sus creadores.

Ramses II (el Grande), su esposa Nefertaris, Tutamkamon, Nefertiti (la hermosa ha llegado), Cleopatra VII…… y muchos mas, son nombres que han trascendido la historia e indudablemente perduraran para siempre como puntuales en la cultura de la humanidad.

Razón tenía Napoleón cuando, desde la Gran Pirámide, arengo a sus tropas antes de la Batalla de las Pirámides el 21 de Julio de 1798 con las siguientes palabras:
Soldados, cuarenta siglos de historia os contemplan!!!!!!!!!!!!

La travesía de Aswan a Luxor no es narrable con simples o con complicadas palabras.
Hay que vivirla; es de una belleza indescriptible. El siempre cambiante paisaje no dejaría de sorprender ni al más indiferente observador; mezquitas, pueblos de pescadores, caballos bañándose en el río, vegetación del más variado tipo, son todos
regalos a los ojos asombrados de quienes por primera vez realizan este maravilloso recorrido.

El espíritu del Egipto moderno, pero a la vez sobrio y tradicional esta representado en el Hotel Old Cataract en Aswan. Construido en 1922, altísimos techos, profuso uso de madera, elegante y señorial. Entre sus mas celebres huéspedes figuran el Agha Khan, Howard Carter y Agatha Cristie, siendo este el sitio donde esta ultima escribió su celebre novela Muerte en el Nilo.

Muy interesante sin lugar a dudas el detalle de que los monumentos a la vida estén todos situados en la ribera Este del Nilo y los funerarios en la ribera Oeste del mismo; en alegoría al dios Ra, el sol, punto central de toda esta cultura.

La experiencia de visitar las tumbas en el Valle de los Reyes, es, por decir lo menos, sobrecogedora. Miles de toneladas de roca extraídas en cada tumba, perfectamente alineadas dan muestra de una gran ingeniería. Miles de grabados, impecables en concepción y ejecución, revelan un arte superior.

Lamentablemente muchas de esas tumbas fueron saqueadas, a excepción de la tumba de Tutankamun, descubierta intacta por el arqueólogo Howard Carter en 1922, y cuyo contenido se encuentra expuesto en el Museo de Antigüedades Egipcias en El Cairo, nos da muestra de aquella exuberante grandiosidad.

El Cairo es una ciudad moderna de grandes contrastes. Desde el Country Club situado en el piso 18 de un bello edificio al lado del río Nilo, con su elegante decoración, grandes ventanales que brindan una panorámica impresionante, exquisita gastronomía e indudablemente centro de grandes negocios; hasta el mercado bazar de Khan el Kalili, con sus innumerables callecitas y tiendas de todo tipo.

Punto aparte para la necrópolis de Memphis con su bella pirámide escalonada y las tres famosas pirámides de Keops, Kefren y Mizeninos.

La discusión al momento de comprar cualquier cosa es una parte integral de la cultura egipcia. Es absolutamente imposible conseguir un precio final sin antes pasar por un interminable regateo, situación un poco difícil de manejar en los primeros días pero sumamente divertida. Es perfectamente posible en algunos casos el tranzar una compra por el 10% del precio original señalado.

Si este artículo hubiese sido sobre Venezuela, hubiese terminado el mismo con la celebre copla llanera que reza así:

…..por ser la primera vez que yo en esta casa canto,
gloria al Padre, gloria al Hijo, y gloria al Espíritu Santo …..

pero como es sobre Egipto, respetuosamente digo:

…...hay un solo dios que es Ala,
y Mahoma es su profeta……….


A TOURIST IMPRESIONS OF A FIRST VISIT TO EGYPT
By Nicolas Arvelo

Fascination, serenity, grandeur, surprise, uncertainty, admiration, respect…

Where to begin?
Would these words or any other words due justice to begin to describe the wonderful experience of visiting Egypt?

Flying from Cairo to Abu Simbel is an unique experience. The mere sight of the narrow strips of vegetation on both sides of the river Nile; the always changing panorama of the dessert that seems to have no end gives the viewer a feeling of triviality in face of such vastness.

It is difficult to assimilate such a contrast and comprehend the dedication and effort of the inhabitants of this land to accomplish tasks that even today are difficult to acheive with such limited resources.

Land of Kings and Gods….Amazing monuments all aver the place, that have survived centuries and inmortalized their builders.

Ramses II (The great), his wife Nefertaris, Tutamkamon, Nefertiti (the beautiful), Cleopatra VII….. and many more are people who have transcended history, and with no doubt will always be the spearhead in the development of the human culture.

How meaningful was Napoleon’s rally to his troops before the Battle of the Pyramids, July 21, 1798, when he proclaimed : “Soldiers, forty centuries of history are looking upon you”

The river journey from Aswan to Luxor can’t be described nor with simple or complicated words. It has to be experienced; it is breathtaking. The always changing landscape will touch even the most indifferent viewer. Mosques, fisherman villages, horses bathing at the river, various types of vegetation are gifts to the wondering eyes of whoever takes this route for the first time.

The spirit of modern Egypt, sober and traditional at the same time, has its best representation in the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. Build in 1922, with high ceilings, a proliferation of wood set in an elegant and sophisticated way. Among its most famous guests, the Agha Khan, Howard Carter and Agatha Chistie, who wrote her famous and last novel “Death in the Nile” while staying in this hotel.

It is very interesting to note that the monuments dedicated to life are build on the east bank of the Nile while the funerary monuments are on the west bank in representation of the god Ra, the sun, focal point of this culture.

The experience of visiting The Valley of the King’s tombs was overwhelming. Thousands of tons of rocks removed from each tomb, and each one of them perfectly aligned gives evidence of grand engineering. Thousands of engravings impeccable in their conception and execution, reveal a superior art.

Unfortunately many of the tombs were looted; with the exception of Tutamkamun’s tomb discovered by the archeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Its contents are found in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cayro and show inmense richness.

Cayro is a modern city, a city of contrast. A modern Country Club located in the 18th floor of a beautiful building close to the river Nile, with elegant decoration, big windows which allows an impressive panoramic view, exquisite gastronomy and no doubt a centre of big business; and the market Bazar Khan el Kalit with its endless little streets and all kind of shops.

Special mention deserves the necropolis of Memphis with its beautiful terraced pyramid and the three famous pyramids Keops, Kefren and Mezeninos.

Barganing while shopping in an integral part of the Egyptian culture. It is impossible to obtain a final price without a lot of bargaining. This situation is at the same time difficult and amuzing. It is possible to obtain an article at 10% of the original price.

If this article had been about Venezuela, it would have ended with the popular song that goes:
…..Being the first time that I sing at this house,
glory to the Father, glory to the Son, and glory to the Holly Spirt.

But since it is about Egypt, respectfully it would end like this:
…..there is only one god who is Ala
and Mohammed is his Prophet…..


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Dec 09 2006 08:10 GMT Ini
A long story..and your picture is FANTASTIC
BEUATIFUL
SUPER
SEPARATE

Seems gold :-))
Dec 09 2006 15:04 GMT Lalbabu
Superb lighting.
Dec 10 2006 16:36 GMT Dorado
Esto es todo un libro mi amigo??
Dec 10 2006 19:52 GMT Dorado
Gracias
:))))))))))))))))))))))):)))))))))))))))
tu tambien tienes bonitas fotos de viajes
Dec 11 2006 06:31 GMT Kire403
ohhh.... what a long story to read....hahaha
Dec 11 2006 11:17 GMT JJAP
I'll read it...after taking an speed reading course!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 12 2006 05:44 GMT PhotoPro PRO
stunning photo and interesting reading!
Dec 13 2006 08:17 GMT Wildspirit PRO
I agree--I especially was touched by the last two paragraphs, for the beauty of ancient (and modern) Egyptian culture (and my first love, Nefertiti) which I knew only through the National Geographic Magazine when I was a kid. To the higher power we all know exists, thank you; and Nicoalfredo, what a wonderful job!
Dec 14 2006 22:29 GMT Barbera
Si Nico..ya puedes escribir un libro
Esta foto es bellisimo..
Aún te esperamos en Chile !!
Dec 17 2006 22:58 GMT stellar
all of your photos from Egypt are great !
Dec 29 2006 16:00 GMT LizSA
great...this is the kind of photo's i just love....natural...and good lighting..!!
Dec 29 2006 16:04 GMT LizSA
I read your piece.....I know a lady that goes to Egypt...every year for her holiday....
and then again another couple...would rather not go there on a second visit...
perhaps they did not know how to bargain...!!!
Nov 07 2007 07:25 GMT mimo44441
i read your comment about your visit to Egypt it was so great as your photos
Jul 05 2008 04:47 GMT senna3
Great account of your Egypt trip Nicolas. I recognize all the feelings you describe. We made a similar trip, 19 years ago, from Cairo to Abu Simbel and took the night train from Aswan to Cairo.
I will now have a look at your Egypt photos via the slide show feature.
Jan 31 2009 19:33 GMT otilia
la fotografía es bellísima, pero lo que haz escrito ha hecho temblar toda mi piel.
Muchas gracias mi amigo

FT2