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In Photos: An Egyptian dream

Giza embraces you with open arms

Giza embraces you with open arms

We all have our dream destinations. The places we’ve been dreaming of visiting our whole lives. For my family, that place has always been Egypt. Ever since I can remember, my mother has been telling me stories about the pharaohs and queens, the pyramids at Giza, the worship of animals and Ra, the tomb raiders in search for treasure, the journey to afterlife… The stories have stayed with me over the years and every time I laid my hands on reading material about the country, I wouldn’t stop till I had devoured it all.

We’ve been planning to visit Egypt for years. When my father suddenly called to ask if I would be keen to go to Egypt with my mother and sister, how could I say no? I remember I was sitting in office, working on a story when I suddenly jumped with joy much to the horror of colleagues who thought I must have gone mad. When you’ve been offered your dream destination, how else would one react?

The 10 days we spent in Egypt were simply unbelievably fantastic. So much culture, so much heritage, so much art, warmth and gorgeous food that leaving the country became rather difficult. I can still see the Sphinx standing in front of me, the silhouette of the Great Pyramid in the dark, I dream about the Nile, the temples in Edfu and Luxor, the finely spiced food that’s mouthwatering… there will be a day when I go back. Here’s my ode to Egypt:

The pyramids at night

The pyramids at night

Abu Simbel, Rameses and I

Abu Simbel, Rameses and I

Cruising along the Nile

Cruising along the Nile

The temple at Edfu in the morning

The temple at Edfu in the morning

Luxor at night

Luxor at night

Alexandria, a place of beauty

Alexandria, a place of beauty

The obelisks at Karnak

The obelisks at Karnak

Hatshepsut's temple, behind the Valley of the Kings

Hatshepsut’s temple, behind the Valley of the Kings

Sheesh kababs anyone?

Sheesh kababs anyone?

On the steps of the Great Pyramid, Makes you feel tiny!

On the steps of the Great Pyramid, Makes you feel tiny!

All in a straight line walking towards the prize

All in a straight line walking towards the prize

Balloon ride over the Nile?

Balloon ride over the Nile?

The pyramids at Giza, NOT photo-shopped!

The pyramids at Giza, NOT photo-shopped!

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