Category Archives: Churches and monasteries

A Walk Through Old Cairo

Friday 28th October, 2011. One week after the serious violence between Christians and Muslims on the streets of Cairo known as “The Maspero Massacre” That morning Mohammed picks up Pauline, Liz and me from our apartment near the Pyramids at … 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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