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Boy in dirt As you travel through Egypt, you see incredible scenes of daily life on the streets. Far removed from the tourist attractions, farmers transport their sugar cane, bread delivery men make their rounds, and people talk on their mobile telephones while waiting at bus stops. If this sounds ordinary, look through this photo gallery and see how strikingly different these scenes can be.


Aswan lies on the banks of the Nile just below two dams. Near Aswan are found the Temple of Philae, the Temple of Kalabsha, and the Monastery of St. Simeon. Above the dams, south of Aswan, is Lake Nasser and even farther south across a stretch of barren desert are the great monuments of Abu Simbel and Hathor.

Falukas on the Nile

Temple of Kom Ombo We traveled from Aswan to Luxor down the Nile aboard a riverboat, stopping at the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu, the location of the Temple of Horus. The river and its banks bustle with activity.


Luxor grew out of the ruins of Thebes, once the capital of ancient Egypt. The immense Karnak complex and the Luxor Temple are on the east side of the Nile. Across the river to the west are the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Medinat Habu, and the tombs of the nobles and workmen. We also took a day trip north from here to Abydos and Dendara.

Hatshepsut Temple

The Sphinx and Pyramid on Giza Plateau In Cairo are the Egyptian Museum, mosques, and the Khan al-Khalili bazaar. Just a short drive away are Memphis, Saqqara, and the pyramids and sphinx on the Giza Plateau.




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