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Honeymoon: Egypt

As a celebration of my favourite month – here are some pictures from the first part of my honeymoon the other year – Egypt. And I mean real Egypt, not the all inclusive beaches.

I found Egypt fascinating and absolutely amazing. It was a week’s trip down the nile from Luxor, down to the Aswan Dam and back to Luxor. Sights along the way include: Temple of Karnak, Abu Simbel, Esna, Temple of Edfu, Philae Temple (dedicated to Isis) and my favourite – Hatshepsut’s Temple.

It’s the magnificent vastness of what they built, the detail in the carvings, the colours that still exist after all these years, the height and width, the intracacies, the alignments. It’s the fact that it’s all still so revered by the world, that the entire Abu Simbel complex was moved part by part and reassembled so it couldn’t be flooded and still be in the right alignment with the sun! Nothing compares to what I saw.

I also visited the Valley of the Kings and Queens. It was a fantastic honeymoon: Seven days and six early starts. I might be the only person who can persuade her new husband that a honeymoon chock full of tiring excursions is the way to go, but it’s a honeymoon neither of us has forgotten yet.

And it’s the only place I want to revisit. Especially with my SLR camera.

~ Persephone M.

International Me!

I have stood in the sun of faraway Pharaohs,
And dined upon their fish, walked into their graves.

 I have watched the bloodiest of deathly battles,
And seen the Gladiator fall upon his love.

 I have stood on the summit where wisdom beats water,
And saw my childhood dreams play out in the stars.

I often become lost in my own roads – of old and future,
And hobbled on cobbles back to this mind.

 I have ascended as high as middle aged man,
And looked out across my assumed dominion.

 I have slept on sand, partied by pools, and read a lot,
And have wished to simply travel – my runner up dream.

 I have tottered up some Champs, shopping bags in tow,
Yet the tower of E remains unclimbed for now.

 I have visited the homes of today’s worshipped Gods,
And seen the secrets inside a Mouse’s house.

I have gambled through the dark day inside a lit up tomb,
Only to have stripped in the blazing light of night.

 I have been there for you always in an Empire State of mind,
And seen the beauty of concrete, the horrors of mankind.

 I have many more to go, on my dream wish list,
Are there any you can think of, any that I have missed?

© Persephone M 18th November 2011