Thursday, February 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by lastoadri.
Walking thru the photos right now and feeling pity. I'm greedy. There were lots and lots of beautiful things I could have shot; but totally forgot. And how can't I forget?
Now I wonder where I was the last couple of days, really in Luxor and Aswan, or place from heaven on earth?!

No, I don't have an answer.

And if you asked me what was I feeling all through the cruise I'll tell you.. fear "rahba" and "entma2".

I've met my ancestors before at the pyramids and the Egyptian museum. Each time got a different flavor, yet this time, and this time alone, I was proud Egyptian as if its my 1st time to know what's the meaning of the word. And why not. Yes.. it was my 1st time to taste it..
This heritage I was walking through, is the ruins of my great grand fathers. And who knows who stepped in here before me too..
All the tombs were robbed, only the Tut Ankh Amon's tomb was discovered complete (can you imagine the wealth?). Almost all the oblisques and treasured monuments were sent to different cities of the world, and us were left with the ruins (can you imagine the tragedy?). The temple of the karnak, the Nile at sun set, the beauty of God's hand make everywhere, the weather, the people.. Aswan people got the best smile one can meet.

What to add?!

I don't want to look the dreamy person, but yes, it was a dream. 5 days passed like a dream flashed in a sky like a comet then disappeared in Cairo's dim and trains whistles.
I fell in love with Luxor & Aswan..
See, I visited the temple of karnak twice per day for the 1st day, and the 2 times I felt it different. Standing so strong with dignity up to the sky!
The temple of Luxor at night with the lights lit every where leave no space for words to describe a thing.
The beauty in Temple Fiala. The beauty of man's work & ALLAH's creation *full stop*.
The Nile with the felucca for the Nubian village. Hour and half going and another returning in the best spot of the entire Nile (yeah the place near Agha khan palace).

1st timer..

1st time to travel all alone, only with friends. 1st time to visit there. 1st time to take a cruise. 1st time to draw "hena" on my hands. 1st time to feel that "3azama".

May be other time I'd tell the story in details. Yet at the gate of Karnak, where the stories start and end at the same moment. When time loses its meaning, and magic surrounds your sight.
Words elope.
You'd gaze at the cravings on the walls and know right away.. people may go astray or facts twisted.. But there, the essence of real civilization remains.

PS: You can always see the rest of my photos here though I still got even more about to upload isA..

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Blogger Olivia said...

Wow, Blue. Thanks for sharing those pictures. I really enjoyed them. It looks most amazing at night. I like ruins.

It is humbling to think how many thousands of years those ruins have stood there, while the world carried on with its history. Kings were born and died. Governments were formed and overthrown. Wars fought and won. Man even went to the moon and came back. And still those ruins stood!

2/08/2007 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

Glad you liked it O...
And yes.. its time.. always time.. where has it gone.. and who really lived and who not :)

wish to find you here in the future ;)

2/09/2007 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger Nesrina said...

The photos are so wonderful, very well done dear, now that I am seeing the whole set.
I have never been to Luxor or Aswan, but you really took me there.
Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

2/09/2007 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Ayman El-Sherbiny said...

Welcome back, glad u enjoyed ur trip, and very nice pics.

2/11/2007 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

Real glad u enjoyed it.. begad..

@ Ayman:

2/11/2007 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Hechkok said...

wonderful picturess and I know exactly what you felt ther I have been to Luxor and aswan by boat for 9 times and I still enjoy this trip very much.

2/12/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous The Eyewitness said...

It seems that all the bloggers attended a trip to Luxor and Aswan this year except me. I've missed it twice, once when I was student (the only and first and last time in the history of the faculty that the trip was cancelled) and the second this year because it is for the students and I'm no longer a student. Hopefully the next year...

2/15/2007 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

@ Hechkok..
9 Times.. WOW masha2 ALLAH...
but tell you, it really deserves..

@ yewitness..
really, all bloggers?! who else?
you know, this year the trip was cancelled bardo in my college.. yet what the heck, me and my friends searched till we found this one. a bit costy, however.. isn't it a dream worth fullfiling ;)?

2/16/2007 02:46:00 PM  

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