About half way through our Tech Day for Odyssey of the Mind I realized that four hours of OM is a bit too much. I have a great group of kids on my (and John’s team) and they all get along well and, for the most part, are reasonably well behaved. But when you […]
Archive for February, 2008
My original schedule, set up by Louise and made possible by her driver, allotted one day to two sets of the pyramids – the Great Pyramids at Giza and then the ones farther south that include the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. This was a great plan. I had enough time at the Great Pyramids to […]
Today is what they are calling the Chesapeake Primary (or the Potomac Primary for those who favor alliteration) – Virginia, Maryland, and DC all vote. Until last week’s Super Tuesday was inconclusive we thought we would just be part of the coronation ceremony. Instead our vote really does matter. This is a great day for […]
You couldn’t take photos in the tombs because that might hurt the brightly covered reliefs that cover the walls inside. Your ticket allows you into three per day. Some, like this had quite steep steps. This picture was taken by the guard at the top which wasn’t an official duty, but something he did to […]
Queen Hatsheput ruled Egypt as a pharaoh, stepping in for her stepson after her pharaoh/husband died. While she often dressed and was depicted as masculine her Temple with its clean elegant lines is very feminine and beautiful.
It is a place of wide open spaces and beautiful reliefs.
I’m standing on the second level here […]
Louise booked me into the fabulous Winter Palace known for its beautiful gardens and views. After a morning of site seeing with lots of walking an hour or so dozing by the pool was very reviving.
My room had a great view of the Nile. In the morning I could see the popular hot air […]
The avenue of sphinxes leads to the Luxor Temple which is about 1.7 miles away. Luxor Temple seems very small compared to Karnak, but it has its own charms.
It includes a temple built by clever politician Alexander the Great showing him in all the typical pharaoh poses. I liked this section where long ago they […]
The Temple of Karnak was first on my Luxor tour. Built over a 1300 year period it is actually a series of temples as successive pharaohs showed their devotion to the god Amun to help ensure their afterlife. It is a jaw dropping place and I wish I had returned the next day, although then […]
My bags are packed. I’m just awaiting my driver and wishing that more polls had closed. I’m hoping to find a computer terminal at the airport to check up on them. My time here has been great. Evie and Anna have been so much fun. Anna has really worked to make sure everything has run […]
There are certain things common sense says you shouldn’t do. Like get into cars with strange men or hike in the unknown without a buddy. On the West Bank breaking the first rule lead to breaking the second, but it was the beginning of a great adventure. Once I shook off the guy in my […]