This past October, amidst fear-based cries from all sides as to why I shouldn't, I left for Egypt for 10 days with one of my favorite travel partners. What I didn't expect, or even consider before leaving, was the Egyptian people themselves.
What's new in Egypt? Plenty and that which is not new will always inspire. The Sphinx awed Napoleon and it certainly still leaves me in awe...every visit.
I recently spent a few days in Paris, at the height of the summer. It was beastly hot, and the downside of Paris being voted the #1 tourist destination is, well... tourists - an overcrowded, cacophonic abundance of them. Yet I had a fairly blissful trip.
Eating at McDonald's in a foreign country does not make you a despicable traveler. There, I said it. Hate me now.
For me, part of the allure of a place like Egypt is to go back in time by visiting a village. And I really need a good village experience to balance out the silent ancient stones and chaotic concrete urban scenes for the new TV shows.
Across the Nile from Luxor is a valley with more ancient treasures than any place I've seen. I spent a long day visiting tombs and temples to find the best places for my upcoming TV episodes on Egypt.
Returning to Luxor we crossed lush farmland of alfalfa, sugar cane, and wheat, with irrigation ditches reminding me of how Egyptians harnessed the Nile thousands of years ago.
Looking at the fine statues of the god Amun and the pharaoh Amenhotep III, I remembered the coin collectors' term from my distant childhood for a coin that was never in circulation: BU, or brilliantly uncirculated.
Luxor is an hour's flight up the Nile from Cairo. The name means "palaces" in Arab because it was the capital of Egypt from about 1500 to 1000 B.C. Im...
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