Jan 23 2015

Egyptian Music Selection

Posted by Colin Maddocks in Egypt Resources, Nile Cruise Tags:

Egyptian MusicIf you’ve heard the music that plays in the background when you open and read our Free Nile Cruise Guide, and liked it, you may well be interested in this mix of popular 1950s Egytian music compiled by Brian Shimkovitz.

It might just get you in the mood for your forthcoming Nile cruise or remind you of what a great time you had when you did cruise…

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Jan 11 2015

‘Walking The Nile” Episode Two

Posted by Colin Maddocks in Nile Cruise

Dont’ forget at 9.00pm this evening on Channel 4 you can see the second episode of Levison Wood’s 9 month journey “Walking The Nile“.

Last week was really fascinating, even though there was a sad and tragic moment when one of his travelling companions succumbed to heat stroke.

This week “Lev and his guide Boston trek from Rwanda’s rainforest, through remote, lawless regions of Tanzania, into Uganda. They dodge crocodiles and hippos, go to a wedding and get a hero’s welcome in Kampala”.

You can also visit Levison’s YouTube channel and see a lot more about his amazing trip.

I think next week, episode three, we’ll see more of the stretch of The Nile where you would take your Nile cruise, between Luxor and Aswan, I think the whole journey and Levison’s adventures on the world’s longer river is a great “watch”.

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Jan 5 2015

‘Walking The Nile”

Posted by Colin Maddocks in Egypt Sites of Interest

Levison Wood "Walking The Nile"If you watched last night’s initial episode of Channel 4’s “Walking The Nile” you’ll know now that amazingly the Nile begins as a tiny trickle in upper Rwanda.

In fact it’s so insignificant that it’s almost impossible to believe that the mighty River Nile, the world’s longest river starts that way.

Of course it’s not long before the tiny trickle becomes a substantial and fast flowing body of water but it was fascinating to see “Levison Wood” start his trek at the very source. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 4 2015

Walking The Nile – Channel 4 Tonight

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“Walking The Nile” – Tonight on Channel 4

Walking The Nile

Channel 4 in the UK begins a 4 part series this evening (4th Jan2015) entitled “Walking The Nile” which follows Levison Wood‘s trek along the Nile. Starting at it’s source in Rwanda’s highland rainforests right through to it’s end on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.

Apparently it took 9 months to complete, approximately seven million steps!

It promises, according to the preview write-up, to be an eventful journey with a number of not so pleasant events. I imagine it will be very different from Joanna Lumley’s Nile , a journey of a similar nature that she undertook.

Joanna Lumley’s journey wasn’t’ as basic and rough as this sounds and included a Nile cruise. Levison Wood’s is all on foot.

I’m really looking forward to following the series which starts at 9.00pm tonight.

 

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A few years ago, on one of our visits to Cairo, when we were staying at the excellent Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, virtually overlooking the Great Pyramid, we decide to take a full day excursion, visiting Memphis, Saqqara and The Great Pyramid.

We booked the trip via the hotel’s reception that evening and the next morning we were collected by our guide for the day in a small, air-conditioned and very comfortable mini-bus."Memphis, Saqqara and The Great Pyramid"

Our first stop, after an hour or so’s drive was the Memphis, Egypt’s first capital, and the Memphis Museum. We arrived quite early so there were very few other visitors around, as I imagine it must be like now. Amongst many other things we saw the colossal statue of Ramses the II, which apparently was the inspiration for Shelley’s poem, “Ozymandias“. The statue once stood 11metres high but now lies on his back with his feet missing. Even on his back you can still get an impression of just how awe inspiring the statue must have looked. And, as always in Egypt, you wonder how on earth they made and elevated these amazing structures. Read the rest of this entry »

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