“Egypt 🇪🇬 ~The Tombs of the Workers; Deir al-Medina”

Deir el-Medina is an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings during the 18th to 20th dynasties of the New Kingdom of Egypt (ca. 1550–1080 BCE).

The settlement’s ancient name was Set Mast; “The Place of Truth,” and the workmen who lived there were called “Servants in the Place of Truth.” During the Christian era, the temple of Hathor was converted into a church from which the Egyptian Arabic name Deir el-Medina; “the monastery of the town” is derived.

At the time when the world’s press was concentrating on Howard Carter’s discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, a team led by Bernard Bruyère began to excavate this site. This work has resulted in one of the most thoroughly documented accounts of community life in the ancient world that spans almost four hundred years. There is no comparable site in which the organisation, social interactions, working and living conditions of a community can be studied in such detail.

This site is located on the West Bank of the Nile; across the river from modern-day Luxor. The village is laid out in a small natural amphitheatre, within easy walking distance of the Valley of the Kings to the north, funerary temples to the east and south-east, with the Valley of the Queens to the west. The village may have been built apart from the wider population, in order to preserve secrecy in view of sensitive nature of the work carried out in the tombs.

While it doesn’t look like much, sitting in the sand, up on a hill….it was amazing! We would spend almost as much time underground, today, as we did above ground, on tour
I was moved to learn a dig site would showcase and offer tribute to workers who labored do hard, during this 19 century Dynasty.; giving credit, where large credit was due
Some of the entries into the tomb areas were 3 feet high to crawl through, but once inside tomb, standing was doable
I especially appreciated the magnificent artwork created in honor of the departed
I really studied these drawing… and was impressed and pleased at the quality of repair for the restoration
Each painting tells a story…. not being a scholar of Egyptian storytelling, I can only guess. But, Egyptians are not afraid of death. In fact, to this culture, death is the beginning of life, not the end
Anubis God of Death, and protector of graves…a man body with a black dog head; depicting the afterlife, Embalming, mummification and the color of skin after death
The scarab beetle was also called the dung beetle,  because of its practice of rolling a ball of dung across the ground which it then used as a food source.
In ancient Egyptian religion the scarab was also a symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection much used in funerary a
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Higher up on the hill, from The Workers Tombs are the Royal Tombs

“Egypt 🇪🇬 and Koshary”

“Dear Koshary, How I’ve Missed You!”

….. Koshary is one of those surprise dishes I’ve tried in a newly visited country. I’m not super adventurous in the foreign food department, but I tasted Koshary in Cairo, on our first trip to Egypt. OMG. I am so glad I did. It’s my absolute favorite dish! Not being a lover of tomato sauce dishes, I almost didn’t even give it a try. The sauce is the secret. It’s divine! I’m not even sure it looks like “all that big of a deal,” but the combo of ingredients are so perfect, together.

I tried making the recipe at home, in the states and it wasn’t as good. I have cooking skills, but the spices and herbs are specific to Egypt, when making this dish.

Description:

Also called Kodhati, this is an Egyptian dish; originally made in the 19th century with rice, macaroni, and lentils mixed together. It is topped with a lightly spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, then garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. Sprinklings of garlic juice, and hot sauce are optional.

Daryl is not as much a fan of the dish as me, but I plan on eating this dish many times, while here.

We met the nicest taxi man from the airport. He drove us to our hotel, but also took us to the supermarket, where we bought ice cream, caramel coffee for me, and coffee creamer. These three items we have not had in months! We had creamer in Uganda, as we planned ahead, well, but obviously our stock ran out. The creamer was a no-go in Ethiopia, which was strange, because Ethiopian Coffee is renowned, world-wide…. but they like it strong and black, or with sugar.. not creamer. Not how I prefer my coffee.

Our driver stopped and bought two Koshary dishes “to go” for us to take to our hotel. Locals know where to go! We booked through this taxi company for a full-day tour; all sites not seen on our upcoming Nike Cruises.I did not even know there was a “Valley Of The Queens!” “Valley Of The Kings,” yes…and it’s good to know the ancient ladies get some cred, too.

So I got Koshary for dinner, and I’m looking forward to ice cream tonight. Then, my kinda coffee in the morning, that my dear, sweet husbands makes for me every AM❤️

I am a very happy woman about now!

“Egypt 🇪🇬 ~El Mersala Hotel, Along the West Bank of the Nile”

“Charming Hotel”

With a view of the Nile from our balcony. It feels so good to be in Luxor!

We have three nights before we cruise!

Egypt has a mystic about it, and the people are welcoming and friendly….

When we came two years ago, it was at a time of a recent terrorist attack. We proceeded with our plans and had the most wonderful time! We were almost the only tourists, visiting, too.

Today, we see other tourists, and business is much better for tourism right now.