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Aswan, Temple of Isis and Nubian Village

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Farming the simple way

Another early rise for our journey to Aswan, the journey itself was 4 hours by private mini bus.  It was interesting trip as we got to see life along the Nile, lush green farmland of sugar cane and banana plantations.  The number of donkey and carts we passed was evidence that farming here was still very simple. 
Aswan itself was smaller than Luxor and had more of a village atmosphere. Our hotel was centrally located and it was easy to walk to everything. Kimo took us to a nice Pizza place for lunch which didn't somehow fit in with its surroundings, nevertheless the food was excellent.  In the afternoon we took the ferry to Philae Island to see the temple of 'Isis'.

Boat to Philae
 The temple sits on Aglika Island on Lake Nasser and was re-located here after the building of the high dam.  The temple itself is a mixture of ancient Egyptian and Greco Roman architecture. Drawings were different here than what we had seen so far, they were large as opposed to the smaller hieroglyphs.
It was a lovely temple and didn’t have the crowds which made it a joy to visit. Inside the temple were carvings and drawings depicting the New Kingdom.  Outside on the banks of the Island overlooking the Nile was a large Roman looking structure called the 'Kiosk of Trajan'  it looked liked it belonged in Rome not Egypt.  We spent a couple of hours here exploring the temple before taking the boat back to the mainland where we were met with market touts head on! I ended up buying a wooden mask but had to be rescued from the sellers shop by Vaughan because I wouldn't pay the final haggling price and the shopkeeper was getting a little aggressive.
Temple of Isis, Philae
In the afternoon I went to the market and decided to tackle the spice man, that didn't work to well either so I thought I would save myself further pain and get Kimo to get the spices for me instead!
In the evening we had been invited to a Nubian Village which was not part of the tour.  We all opted to go as it was an experience not many tourists get to have.  We were met at the river side by our Nubian hosts who were going to ferry us to the village.  We were 5 minutes or so into our boat ride when one of the Nubians starting banging on a drum and singing 'She will be coming around the Mountain when she comes!!'  We all got up danced and joined in!  Some of the sentences of the song were changed to say 'She will be smoking Marijuana when she comes' which we thought quite amusing for people who were religious!  As we approached the shores of the village we were greeted by children and the women.
Temple of Isis
The village itself was simple whitewashed mud brick buildings.We were invited to a house where we would be treated to a wonderful banquet meal.  We were given a tour around and Kimo explained life of the Nubian family and that the Nubians who will be our Felucca guides came from this village. It was a very simple house with no luxuries, half the rooms didn't have roofs, I guess it wasn’t needed in a place that doesn't rain much!  We all piled into what was the living room which was roofless and had simple mats to sit on. The food was brought to us by the lady of the house she came out with a balanced tray on her head.  The tray contained plates and bowls of delicious food. After enjoying a very tasty home cooked meal some women from the village came with books of henna tattoo drawings and jewellery.  We girls opted to have ourselves a henna tattoo.
Temple of Isis
I had a fish painted on my foot! Vaughan didn’t want to feel left out so he bought a Nubian hat. It was a good night and we felt very honoured to have the opportunity to see  how the Nubians live.


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Farming the simple way
Farming the simple way
Boat to Philae
Boat to Philae
Temple of Isis, Philae
Temple of Isis, Philae
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Amazing drawings on Temple of Isis
Amazing drawings on Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Inside the Temple of Isis
Kiosk of Trajan, Philae
Kiosk of Trajan, Philae
Temple of Hathor, Philae
Temple of Hathor, Philae
Kiosk of Trajan on Philae
Kiosk of Trajan on Philae
Kiosk of Trajan on Philae
Kiosk of Trajan on Philae
Lake Nasser and Aswan Dam
Lake Nasser and Aswan Dam
Nubians entertain us on the boat t…
Nubians entertain us on the boat …
Getting a henna tattoo in the Nubi…
Getting a henna tattoo in the Nub…
My henna tattoo done at the Nubian…
My henna tattoo done at the Nubia…
We all show off our henna tattoos …
We all show off our henna tattoos…
Food brought to us Nubian style!
Food brought to us Nubian style!
Food brought to us Nubian style!
Food brought to us Nubian style!
Home cooked Banquet at the Nubian …
Home cooked Banquet at the Nubian…
Aswan
photo by: Vikram