I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Feluccas on the NIle
A Felucca is the name for a particular
kind of boat used on the Nile in Egypt. It carries a single
triangular sail hung at an angle from a single mast. Because they do
not have a serious sailboat style keel, they are used mostly in
calmer waters, such as rivers. They were the predominant means of
transportation on the Nile for many years, and are still in use
today, but mostly as a tourist ride. They are an ideal size for large
river, and are easy to manoeuvre with just one person, but will
accommodate a good group of people.
On a pleasant Egyptian evening we
booked a felucca for a sunset ride on the Nile. Wine, beer, chicken
wings and pizza were packed and the boats are all well suited for
this type of activity, with comfortable seating around the edges and
a large table for food and drinks in the centre.
Fill my glass again . . .
The pilot pushed us away from the pier,
and we were off on our Nile felucca ride. The boat has no motor,
depending on the quite steady breeze blowing off the desert to power
our craft. This is a leisurely trip, no frantic trimming of sails,
running back and forth, or balancing the boat by hanging off one
side. It is calm, relaxing and peaceful, with the pilot sometimes
leaning back holding the tiller with his legs as he helped us sample
the chicken wings and pizza. A popular evening activity, the Nile was
filled with feluccas gently sailing back and forth across the river
as we waited for sunset.
Sunset on the Nile
As the sun set in the west, and the
drinks and food were slowly depleted, we watched the skies darken
with evening and we made our way back to the dock, another great
travel experience. I was reminded once more of the quote from “The
Wind In the Willows” by Rat, "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"