Karnak, Luxor, Egypt, 2005: This un-official guide took a lot of convincing for me to take his photo- without paying him baksheesh.  It’s a challenge to make it through the day in Egypt without paying baksheesh-  I made it a personal aim. The term broadly means to pay someone money as a tip or bribe,  […]

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Luxor, Egypt, 2005: Security in Egypt seemed so over-the-top, and often the police more like key-stone cops….   However there was a reason for the heavy security presence. In 1997, at the Temple of Hatshepsut, local terrorists massacred 62 people, mostly tourists…                            Canon EOS 55 / Canon 75-300 / Kodak Gold 100

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Luxor, Egypt, 2005: One of the few real tourist things I did while in Egypt was take a horse drawn carriage (calesh) from Luxor center to Karnak (5-10 mins). And that was only cause this guy was cool and didn’t hassle us like the other calesh drivers- and because we had been doing so much […]

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Ramses II

Luxor (westbank) Egypt, 2005: On the bike back from the valley of the kings, stopped in to check out Ramses II temple…    Awesome, & less touristed…  the cop minding this quarter was from Alexandria, and hadn’t seen his wife & children for months…  He eventually agreed to a one off photo…      Canon EOS […]

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Ferry over the Nile

Luxor, Egypt, Nov 2005: Bar the typical Egyptian haggling, obligatory “baksheesh” and bus loads of western tourists, Luxor was a surprisingly pleasant place. A ferry takes you over the Nile to The Valley of the Kings and the desert beyond. Luxor is the site of the ancient city of Thebes and is often described as […]

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