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Turkey sufi whirling dance

Turkey sufi whirling dance

Since 13th century mystic, poet and philosopher Mevlana C. Rumi established a new way of art and thought, Dervishes of Turkey have enriched the music, literature, dance and belief of Ottoman geography without the discrimination of race, religion or nation. That is why to see dervishes is not just to experience a performance or concert; it is also an introduction to discover the peaceful and rich philosophy of Rumi and his followers which has also been marked on the list of Intangible World Heritage of UNESCO.


The Bedouins of Sinai their lives habits and customs

The Bedouins of Sinai their lives habits and customs

The Bedouins of Egypt have always had a life that is completely different from the inhabitants of other regions, cities, and villages in Egypt. They have continually protected themselves from the negative effects of technology and modernization and they always had the strength to maintain their old habits and customs.
The Bedouins living in Sinai are even more different than any other tribes who live in the Western and Eastern deserts of Egypt. They have come from different origins due to their geographical location being at the meeting point between Asia and Africa. However, they were capable through the years to combine a consolidated community of people who are living together having their own special habits, beliefs, and even their own laws and regulations.


The Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus was believed to have healing and protective power, and it was used as a protective amulet. It was also used as a notation of measurement, particularly for measuring the ingredients in medicines and pigments. The symbol was divided into six parts, representing the shattering of Horus´ eye into six pieces. Each piece was associated with one of the six senses and a specific fraction.


Nile cruise in Egypt from 1847 till 1910

Nile cruise in Egypt from 1847 till 1910

For many nineteenth and early twentieth century travellers, a cruise along the Nile River was the centrepiece of a journey to Egypt. As Douglas Sladen remarked in 1910, “To me the Nile was a source of never-ending interest and delight; the shining thread which linked Egypt from end to end; the highway to the dark Sudan; the street of ancient Egyptian temples; the country road from which you see all the quaint procedure of Egyptian agriculture; a chapter in the history of the humours of Egypt” .

Traveled along the Nile was in a dahabiya, a large houseboat with cross-sails. According to Donald Reid, in 1858 “a forty-day round trip from Cairo to Luxor cost about £110; a fifty-day trip to Aswan and back, about £150”


Coptic easter 15 April and Sham El Nessim feast 16 April

Coptic easter 15 April and Sham El Nessim feast 16 April

Sham el Nessim is an Egyptian national holiday marking the beginning of spring. It always falls on the day after the Coptic Christian Easter (following the custom of the largest Christian denomination in the country, the Coptic Orthodox Church). Despite the Christian-related date, the holiday is celebrated by Egyptians regardless of religion


Nubians, their customs, habits and way of life

Nubians, their customs, habits and way of life

Many travelers who visit Egypt have special interest in learning about Nubians and their community. This is because of their habits and style of living that is different from any other community in Egypt. A many tourists enjoy visiting Nubian villages and having traditional Nubian meals. In Aswan, there is the Nubian Museum displaying a lot of exhibits that demonstrate the lives and the history of the Nubians and this museum is frequently visited by tourist from all around the world.


Ancient Egyptian Pottery

Ancient Egyptian Pottery

Pottery was produced by the ancient Egyptians from early a very early period. It represents an important record and source of analysis for understanding vary archaic periods, but until relatively recently, Dynastic period pottery was of less interest to Egyptologists. The study of pottery and shards of pottery have contributed tremendously to the study of all eras of Egyptian history, but particularly the pre-dynastic periods.


Sinai Colored Canyon

Sinai Colored Canyon

Millions of years ago, Sinai was covered by the sea, and nowhere has the ancient ocean left a more brilliant legacy upon the landscape than at the Colored Canyon, near Nuweiba.
 
A visit to the canyon provides instant recognition of where it gets its name. The walls of the canyon, which reach up to sixteen stories, are easily the most colorful and intriguing rock formations in all of Sinai. They were created by the erosion of water upon sandstone and limestone. In some places the deep coloration of rocks gives the canyon walls a prismatic and metallic sheen; in others, the stone is so smooth that it appears soft and pillowy.


Siwa Oasis

Siwa Oasis

Due to its remote location, being nearer to the Libyan borders than it is to Central Egypt and because of the diversity of its history and cultures, Siwa became the most famous and mysterious oasis in Egypt
The inhabitants living is Siwa were the most powerful people in all of the Egyptian oasis to defend their traditions and customs and perhaps their geographical location helped them to achieve this.


Alexandria the great

Alexandria the great

Eating a lunch of fresh fish and enjoying views of a beautiful harbor, we could be in Cannes, Corsica or Crete but that is Egypt – the land of hummus, Pyramids and, as of late, a fair amount of political tension - but no - this time we present you Alexandria the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’, thanks to an atmosphere (and food) that might be described as rather less Middle Eastern than that found in other cities on Africa’s long north coast.


Sand Storms

Sand Storms

In Egypt, khamsin usually arrives in April but occasionally occur in March and May, carrying great quantities of sand and dust from the deserts, with a speed up to 140 kilometers per hour, and a rise of temperatures as much as 20°C in two hours. It is believed to blow at intervals for about 50 days although it rarely occurs more than once a week and last for just a few hours at a time.


Pharaohs Rally 29 Sep 6 Oct 2012

Pharaohs Rally 29 Sep 6 Oct 2012

Yearly over 100 competitors enter from all over the world. They compete with cars, quad bikes, motor bikes and trucks. During the trace they maneuver over some of the most incredible terrain that varies every few distances.


The Turkish bath Hamam

The Turkish bath Hamam

The Turkish bath (Hamam) is said to be cleansing, refreshing and quite social.

 
The steam bath actually was brought to Turkey from the Romans via the Byzantines. However, the Turks took it to another level building grand, elaborate baths and have kept the tradition going even until today. The Hamam was also adopted from the Turks by the Syrians


The Essence of Egypt

The Essence of Egypt

It is these different personalities of each country that are manifestations of the cultures and traditions of that country. From time to time, we will share with you the essence of certain countries and/or cities and what makes them special.
 
Papyrus
The papyrus is a sacred Ancient Egyptian tree. Throughout the ancient temples and tombs, archeologists found drawings and columns shaped like the papyrus tree. Additionally, many pictures and documents were painted on papyrus paper. In keeping with tradition, papyrus art is still widely available in Egypt. If tastefully done, these works of art can be a wise purchase.


The discovery of Petra

The discovery of Petra


Abu Simbel Sun Festival

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road).
The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments" which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan).


The Kingdom of Jordan

The Kingdom of Jordan

Rich in historic sites and scenic landscapes, the small Arab Kingdom of Jordan is almost a landlocked country in the Middle East. The small coast of Jordan by the Red Sea with its beaches and coral reefs and the inland Dead Sea are ideal for water sports. Jordan is also home to scenic deserts and highlands, impressive ancient ruins and several nature reserves to visit.
Lively, historic cities,


Happy Perfume Day

Happy Perfume Day

When we discover the perfume that we love we will begin to feel good each time we spray it on. This odor soon becomes a stimulant making us feel secure, happy and safe.
People often identify others by the perfume they use.
‘When we discover a scent we truly love, it will have large numbers of ­ingredients within it that have positive, feel-good associations. The scent itself then becomes an odour which also has positive associations, making us feel safe, secure, happy and well


The Sights and Sounds of Istanbul

The Sights and Sounds of Istanbul

If you arrive in Turkey right now, it will be uncharacteristically snowing and the city will be quite cold. That doesn’t mean one should hide out in one of the luxurious hotels that the city has to offer. Walking along the labyrinth streets of the city with its impressive structures. These can particularly be found in the Sultanahmet district. Soon the heart of the old city and all its fountains and mosques will have warmed you up enough to take in more of the sightseeing and exploration.


The Turks gave the Dutch their famous Tulips

The Turks gave the Dutch their famous Tulips

According to a well-known story in Turkey, the ambassador of Vienna to the Ottoman Empire, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, saw a Turk with a tulip on his türban around a coffee house in Sultanahmet, ─░stanbul.


We show you the local side of life

We show you the local side of life

They say that traveling the world opens one’s eyes and mind at the same time. As much as I agree with that, I often find that the way in which you travel will determine how much one’s eyes and mind is opened.
 
Being part of two group travels, one through Europe and one through Egypt and Jordan, my eyes and mind opened in terms of culture, history, fellow travelers’ ways and thoughts and how to get lost and be found.


Rose Day - February 7

Rose Day - February 7

Roses were considered the most sacred of all flowers in Ancient Egypt. they were used as offerings for the goddess Isis and have been found in tombs.
The origin of cultivated roses is from Northern Persia, which is now known as Iran.


The Nubian Cultural Center in Luxor

The Nubian Cultural Center in Luxor

More than 25 thousand Nubian Citizens s live in the village of Manshiet El Nuba, 7 km south of the city of Luxor. All these Nubians were relocated from their village in Aswan when the Aswan Dam was elevated in 1933 and their village was snowed under water.


Wadi Hitan the Valley of the Whales

Wadi Hitan the Valley of the Whales

Wadi Hitan is totally different than any other site a tourist would visit in Egypt. It contains the fossils and skeletons of many whales dating back to millions of years in the past. Scientists have debated concerning the history and the origin of Wadi Hitan for years.


The Colorful Taxis of Egypt

The Colorful Taxis of Egypt

Cairo is known for its old black taxis and within the last three years, the government initiated a system to replace the black, worn out taxis with white ones. The ageing Fiat and Lada models which were over 20 years on the road are now exchanged with Hyundai and Speranza cars. One also finds other models such as Peugeot and even private cars being transformed into white taxis. Recent statistics have found that in the Greater Cairo there are 47 773 old taxis and 34 370 new taxis.


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