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 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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) is said to be cleansing, refreshing and quite social.
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).
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.
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, İstanbul.
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 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.
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.