Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Travel Photo Thursday - Egypt

I'm posting over at The Budget Travelers' Sandbox 

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

Continuing on my Egyptian theme this week:
Carpet Making

Still on Day 1 we next went to see the pyramids and Sphinx.

The Pyramids of Giza are over 4500 years old. They were built as the burial places for Khufu, Khfare, and Menkaure, three Pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. 

Despite the efforts of many people to dismantle and plunder them, they have survived to this day. They are visible proof of the superb mathematical, construction and organisational skills of the ancient Egyptians. This was serious project planning!!!

They are the only remaining original Seven Wonders of the World.

Funny but I really enjoyed taking photos of the colourful camels, should have taken more!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Our World Tuesday - Egypt

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Our World Tuesday

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

I'm continuing our first day of touring in Cairo.

On the road as we left the Step Pyramids in Sakkara there are several carpet making schools on both sides of the road.

As you enter you will see women and children making actual carpets based on complex designs. You can watch how they stitch and knot the carpets and see the different materials in use.

We didn't buy anything! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? Dreaming of France

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.

I'm also linking the second book to  An Accidental Blog. as it has many mentions of Paris.

My reads this week are all very different from each other.

1 not finished as it expired so I will have to borrow it again. The Nightmare

Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
Not as good as last week's read Hanging Hill.
Too predictable and too long.

That Part Was True
When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. Their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of Jackson's colorful, but ultimately unsatisfying, love-life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be married daughter. As each of them offers, from behind the veils of semi-anonymity and distance, wise and increasingly affectionate counsel to the other, they both begin to confront their problems and plan a celebratory meeting in Paris--a meeting that Eve fears can never happen.

Not my typical reading selection. But, hey, England and Paris? Lightweight reading but enjoyable if you are a foodie. The two main characters are "penpals" and discuss their lives through recipes.
it's a comfortable read with lovely writing. 
A favourite sentence:
"Everything needs editing. Everything: biographies, closets, address books, friendships, fiction, life."

Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

Travel Photo Monday - Egypt

Travel Photo Monday

Travel Photo Monday

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

Some photos from our first day in Cairo. Our first stop was Sakkhara. It was a hot day and we were really excited to go sightseeing with George, our private guide.

Saqqara also spelled Sakkara or Saccara in English, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas (Arabic word meaning 'bench'). Located some 30 km (19 mi) south of modern-day Cairo, Saqqara covers an area of around 7 by 1.5 km (4.35 by 0.93 mi).

At Saqqara, the oldest complete stone building complex known in history was built: Djoser's step pyramid, built during the third dynasty. Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times.