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.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Getting to Know the Nubians
In southern Egypt, there is a separate
cultural group called the Nubians. Their civilization actually
predates the Egyptian dynasties and at one time the Nubians ruled all
of Egypt. While visiting the city of Aswan in southern Egypt we got
to learn a little more about these interesting people.
When Egypt built it's massive dams on
the Nile it was the Nubian People who most suffered. Over 200,000
people had to be moved and over 20 priceless archeological sites were
threatened by the creation of Lake Nasser, the largest man made lake
in the world. Some of the temples were rescued and moved, but the
expense was so great that the only way it was accomplished was to
donate other temples to the countries helping Egypt move the temples.
Many minor sites were simple flooded and lost forever. I recall
National Geographic doing a feature on the relocation of the
Boating up the NIle
Simbel Temple, and was interested to learn that this was where it
As part of our cruise ship tours, we
visited the Philae temple which was moved from it's original island
where it was partially submerged and rapidly deteriorating to a
nearby island that was higher. This really was amazing to see. The
temple was disassembled stone by stone, moved and rebuilt. Other than
little metal pins used to identify the individual pieces, you cannot
really tell it hasn't been on the island forever.
We also toured the Nubian Museum which
gave a very detailed description of the history of these people
including many photographs of the original temples prior to the
flooding by Lake Nasser.
Waiting for Lunch
Finally we took a leisurely boat ride
up the Nile through protected areas to a Nubian Village. They favour
a unique style of domed houses that are built to remain cool in the
temperatures in this southern region of Egypt. We stopped and had a
delicious Nubian meal prepared as we waited overlooking the Nile.
Their houses are brightly coloured Mud brick structures decorated
with paintings all over the walls. Walking through the village you
came across camels lying beside the road, or you might turn a corner
to find a camel walking towards you.
time finding out more about the Nubians was a pleasant way to end our