Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Photography Obsession

Ever since my wonderful husband bought me a professional digital camera, I have been shooting photos everywhere we go. I have been thinking about how best to display the photos:  Facebook, Flickr, my blog.  I have decided to use Flickr for the most part, but post some here as well. My personal photos are on Facebook mainly to share with my family and friends in the US.

Here are some of my favorite photos.

Sunset in February on a Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

Philae Temple, Aswan, Egypt.

Valley of the Queens, Aswan, Egypt.

Karnak, Luxor, Egypt.

Mira won a Galabayya contest on the Nile Cruise. How lovely.

Sultana Ahmet (The Blue Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey

Anyone interested in viewing my photos can access them at



Sunday, May 02, 2010

A Day at the Beach

A warm spring day at the beach in Alexandria, Egypt.  

The weather is great this time of year in Alexandria. Actually, the weather in Alexandria is great every time of year. The sun is hot already so sunscreen is a must, even though you might forget about it when you feel the cool sometimes cold breeze sweep across your face, carrying with it the sea mist which makes you want to sit on the sand forever, forgetting all your responsibilities.   

On any given day at the beach you will experience all sorts of things for sale on the beach including: seafood, sweets, beach toys, clothes, and even fresh tea (shay) served in Egyptian porcelin. 

Fisherman walk up and down the beach selling fresh fish  (samak) and shrimp (gambari). (Photo left) People are negotiating the price of the seafood with the fishermen.  (Photo right) The particular fish that is being sold is quite sweet.

Mira and Sara buying fresca sweets.  The big round wafer is similar to an unsweetened old fashioned ice cream cone with a light slather of honey in between layers. It is very light and refreshing.  Many of the sweets sold include honey and coconut.  

I never look forward to going home. The only consolation I have is the knowing that I will return to the Mediterranean very soon. Insha'Allah.