Middle East Revisited

Back in the Middle East! When I went to Egypt a couple of years ago, I didn’t take a camel ride, so we opted for one this time. I’m glad I waited because the camel’s looked a lot healthier/happier. In this photo, they are either trying to give each other kisses or attack. It’s undecided.

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This is happy Nancy. You’ll notice I’m smiling a lot more this trip because I didn’t get sick at all! Last time, I missed a lot of good sightseeing because I was so sick. We basically lived off of Pringles and Hit cookies this time to avoid random unidentifiable meals. We even ate…

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Par example…we ate McDonald’s and Pizza Hut within 10 days.  We’ve eaten more fastfood here than we ever did in the States. Now that we’re in Jordan, I am a lot more adventurous with menus.

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Near the Step Pyramid

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Colossal statue of Ramses and Robert

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Valley of the Kings, which I missed last time because of illness.

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Goat who was drinking from the Sacred Lake of Karnak

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Avenue of (ram-headed) Sphinxes

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R waxing nostalgic on his old campus, American University of Cairo. He studied there for a year (before we met).

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This is the meal we DIDN’T eat on our sleeper train. Yikes! We ate Pringles, bananas, and Hits instead, per usual. The sleeper train was the smallest I’ve ever seen!

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This was the Coptic Christians’ attempt at defacing Egyptian polytheistic carvings.

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Temple of “Hot Chicken Soup”…that was how our tour guide taught us “stupid Americans” to say Queen Hatchepsut.

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Cute R

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At our trip to Pizza Hut, we discovered a cheesy, hot dog crust pizza. Tasty concept, I guess.

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Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, which has a ziggurat-style minaret. This was part of our walking tour in Islamic Cairo. It was amazing.

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View from the tower.

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A house with beautiful mashrabiyya woodwork in the background, signature to local experts.

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Nice little bird in the center

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This sweet cat was actually yawning, but she looks like she’s being feisty.

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A beautiful courtyard garden

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Boatmaking in Alexandria. We took an awesome day trip there. I LOVED it. It’s only a few hours by train from Cairo.

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The modern Alexandria library built in honor of the ancient one.

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Alexandria fortress

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View from a taxicab

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View from a taxicab II

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View from a taxicab III


A gorgeous mosque back in Cairo

This is a ton of photos! I’ll post more with fewer images now that we’re in Amman and settled.



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9 responses to “Middle East Revisited

  1. llcall

    I am also in love with Alexandria…which I didn’t even know until seeing these pictures today! So glad we got to catch up before you left. Have a fabulous summer!

  2. I love all of your pictures! Especially the taxi cab ones. All great!

  3. Brent Sallay

    Wow, you guys are so…exotic! Ditto on the pictures–they look great!

  4. Kate

    Awesome pics! I agree about the taxicab ones…amazing! Miss you. 🙂

  5. laura

    Okay…when can I come visit?! Looks amazing.

  6. Shannon

    OMGosh, i love you and your life. Looks so fun and exciting! You and Robert are the 2 of the coolest people i know. it sounds so jr. high!

  7. Julee

    OK., I know I am seriously late with this comment, but here goes! What a fun summer! I’m jealous. I love seeing some of those familiar sites of Cairo. I’m so sad that I never made it to Alexandria. I’ve heard it is is incredible, and you’re report confirms that. Glad you didn’t get sick this time. Been there! I’m cracking up about your menu. I feel like when I’m overseas, Pringles are ALWAYS on the menu–a universal truth that can always be counted on.

    Miss you lady! Hope to see you soon!

  8. elaine

    nancy, the photos are so gorgeous, it’s like a dream. what an amazing experience – but i’m glad we have you back here. maybe next time we go out we’ll forego tangysweet and head to pizza hut… for old times’ sake.

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