Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Descent to the Theban Underworld

Workers’ village of Deir el-Medina, Western Thebes, Sunday 3rd February 2008   It is now around 1 pm and I have a rare experience of turning up at a site when a significant number of tourists are already there. In … Continue reading

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A Castle in the Sands (Part 2)

Aswan, 25th January 2009 The final approach to the monastery of St Simeon, down a perfect dune of golden sand, is sublime, and accompanied in my earphones by the crescendo in the soundtrack to The English Patient, the part where … Continue reading

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A Castle in the Sands (Part 1)

Aswan, 25th January 2009 Even in this breeze the climb is hard work, a combination of loose, fine sand and shattered rock reminding me at first of some half-forgotten Cornish dune from my childhood. Looking back the way I have … Continue reading

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