Thursday, December 29, 2011

Expected Middle East Images

On second thought perhaps not.....

A limited edition refrigerator with your country's flag!

However most of the rest are...the look in her eyes?!

Dubai - Architechurally Speaking

It is breathtaking in it's "newness". They try 'it' all from mundane to exciting.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

It is all still here in the Middle East centuries and centuries later.....
Have you ever smelled a Frankincense tree? have one in my garden!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Middle East Christmas Celebrations

Wondering what the fuss about Christmas trees, holiday trees etc. is all about in North America.
Passing through Dubai it certainly looked like everyone enjoys a festival! They have it all from high  five giving Santa's to bough decked ski lifts, I am not sure about the interpretation of this elf's face at the airport in Dubai..... have to smile and enjoy!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thinking of Everyone - All the Very Best of the Season!

 It is a bit of a throwaway but, the thought is there as I try and edit a million memories off in India!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Soft and Hard in Egypt

Luxor is breathtaking. Temples, tombs and palaces beyond belief. Well away from any of the unrest in Cairo however suffering mightily because of it. There seemed to be only about 10% of the normal tourists visiting at this very perfect time of year. Rows of river boats tied together going nowhere as there are no tourists to take a cruise on the Nile. Empty temples to wander through make it a special treat at this point in time.

As anyone who has travelled to Egypt knows Egyptians are VERY persistent in trying to sell you just about anything.... they would be the perfect salesmen to choose for timeshare!
Setting out for a little walk to the Winter Palace Hotel we finally broke down and got into Omar's carriage. He  had called to us, coming along side us in his carriage he walked beside us on foot engaging us in conversation for so long that when told the price of a tour in town we gave in. He had a beautifully looked after horse and for $2.00 US we could have a city tour for one hour! He showed us magical and very real places we never would have seen without him, he told us things we never would have learn't and by the end of our hour we were very sad indeed to part company.

If you ever are in Luxor, do hire Omar for as much time as you can spare and learn and  really see Luxor as it is today.
His number is
002 016 6469677
but the mobile company may be  adding a number by the time you get there so try
002 0163 6469677.
If you reach him you are in for a special treat!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Beasts from the East

How very hard to look after a flock of sheep in the desert....

Probably the hardest working beasts in the desert...

And of course the most exotic.
This has to be a girl check out her eye makeup ..... and of course those lashes!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monumental Magical Egypt

A country that fulfils anything you ever imagined about it's past monumental accomplishments