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Bon appétit. Marwa: Papyrus is made out of the stem of the plant papyrus. Posted on December 20, 2019 October 6, 2020. Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Smaller text Larger text. Ever since the forces of Islam swept across North Africa from Arabia in the seventh century, spreading the teaching of their prophet Mohammed, Cairo has been a leading city of the Muslim world. A little shaft was designed into the pyramid to provide an escape passage for the soul of the pharaoh. The core of the collection, art from the age of the pharaohs, dates from about 3000 to 1000 BC. With ranks of imposing statues of the queen, it's easy to imagine public adulation for centuries after her death. Here, the pharaoh leads his army into battle, riding his chariot — thoroughly destroying his enemies. This massive granite sarcophagus was slid down the ramp. Luxor's a busy port for river-cruise boats. Luxor is a standard stop on the tourist's itinerary. 8:00pm Rick Steves Egypt: Yesterday & Today 9:00pm Rick Steves Iran 10:00pm Rick Steves Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today 11:00pm The Nile: Rivers of Life 12:00am Amanpour and Company 2 FRIDAY 5:00am Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide 7:00am Country Music: The Rub Pt. Ancient Egyptians preserved bodies through a complex process of mummification in hopes that the soul could re-inhabit it in the next world. Rick: [surprised cough] Imagine the lighthouse that stood at the mouth of the harbor. So it was always about protection. During the time of Akhenaten, people were portrayed looser, more intimately. While the temple may have been dedicated to the gods, it seems all the statues celebrate the great pharaoh, Ramses II. The Nile still flows as it did for the pharaohs — the lifeblood of civilization then, as today. Smaller text Larger text. While its chaos can be exasperating, it can also be a rewarding challenge for the adventurous traveler. Rick: So how do you say — in France, you would say, "bon appétit" — Our trip focused on ancient sightseeing though: Cairo area (Egyptian Museum, Giza Pyramids & Sphinx, Saqqara & Dahshur), Luxor East and West Bank, the temples between Aswan and Luxor, and Abu Simbel. Tarek: Absolutely, and each country would claim it's "ours." While prices on the street may be cheap, if you want rich-world comfort, you'll pay rich-world prices. History's first great woman ruler is remembered for a 20-year reign of general peace and stability. Streets, squares, and grand buildings are reminders of the country's colonial past — from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Not as big as Cairo, it faces the Mediterranean, has milder weather, and feels a bit more European. The sheer size of the complex with its forest of massive columns leading to huge squares is a testimony to Ramses' power to get things done. And Alexandria was famously home to perhaps the greatest library in the ancient world. Caked in this generation's grime as the city's population has exploded, it's become a thoroughly Egyptian metropolis of over 5 million. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves explores the wonders of Egypt: cruising on the Nile; the cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor, and Abu Simbel; and the back lanes of Alexandria. Can you give me please a tour of this beautiful Egyptian meal? Tarek: …and delicious! The riverbank is lined with characteristic boats ready to ferry sightseers to a world of ancient sights. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a wonderland of back lanes, enjoy a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In the teeming metropolis of Cairo, we climb to the center of a pyramid, greet the Sphinx, and marvel at King Tut’s gold. OK, we've worked up an appetite. Cairo sprawls. Rick: …in Arabic? In their day, the pyramids were encased in a shiny limestone veneer. Which is hammered and then it is woven and then we press it in a pressing machine or stones to get those beautiful papers. Rick: I think so. Things stay the same. The key to this kind of sightseeing? Egypt's ultimate king, Ramses ruled for 66 years — and did a lot of building. While the workers head off, nearby the tourists arrive. They're for the wives and daughters. Fleets of these provide multiday Nile cruises which have become a standard part of an Egyptian tour. While a city of about half a million people today, Luxor feels like a tourist town with its riverfront hotels, shops, and the ancient temples gathered along the Nile. Rick: A lot of people in the United States, they'd say this would be a "hookah" or a "hubbly-bubbly." Home / Blog ; Posted on April 14, 2013 November 26, 2013 by Rick Steves. After a timeless felucca cruise on the Nile, we finish at the temple ruins of Abu Simbel. Download image, Rick in Alexandria, Egypt’s second city. Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the biggest city in North Africa and the biggest in the Middle East. Slathered in hieroglyphs — prayers and symbolism — it was all designed to boost the pharaoh into the next life. So, is it normal for children to speak English and Egyptian [Arabic]? Merchant: Buy one, two free today. The hustlers can be intense and annoying — or fun, depending on your approach. Here, where the desert meets the Nile, the lush ribbon of green is a reminder of how fundamental this river is to all life in Egypt. In reliefs from the reign of Akhenaten we see Aten — the sun — shining down on everything. Sealed away dry, dark, and forgotten for over 3,000 years, they're beautifully preserved. Merchant: How are you? Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum. In the teeming metropolis of Cairo, Rick climbs to the center of a pyramid, greets the Sphinx and marvels at King Tut's gold. The Mediterranean region shares many delicious and similar dishes. In the teeming metropolis of Cairo, he climbs to the center of … King Tut. They reveal the challenges Egyptian democracy faces today. To spice up my holiday season, I’ve been in Egypt with my crew making a TV special. Rick: OK. And then…? The ancient Egyptians used to mummify their bodies and also mummified their organs. Fishermen, as they have since ancient times, harvest the sea to help feed the city while taking advantage of this safe haven. I think that's good. So, we're joined by my friend and fellow guide, Marwa Abbas. Ironically, rather than protecting tombs, the pyramids were actually attracting thieves. Cheapy-cheap. The cityscape includes a gritty, yet somehow beautiful commotion of towering and densely inhabited apartment flats that face the sea, glowing with every sunset. Heba: Bailhana' walshifa'. It's the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities in Islam. In the teeming metropolis of Cairo, we climb to the center of a pyramid, greet the Sphinx, and marvel at King Tut’s gold. In Cairo, we greet the Sphinx and marvel at King Tut’s gold. Nelly: Tahini, yes… What is this one? King Tutankhamun around the year 1300 BC had his organs inside this beautiful alabaster box and that was also inside a wooden gilded beautiful box that had the surroundings of the four goddesses for protection. What are these? We haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, venture into the back streets local-style, and help chisel a tombstone. Heba: This is tzatziki. Rick: Bailhana'… As long as things were going reasonably well, the gods were happy — and it was status quo. But the oldest pyramid is actually nearby at Saqqara, the tomb of the king or pharaoh named Zoser. Hello! Filming on the Nile: Join Me in Egypt! Admiring this one last magnificent temple, you can't help but ponder the rich and complicated 5,000-year story of this civilization. Even in the afterlife they were trying to bribe the gods and deities in order to help them in the afterlife path. Download image, Rick on a traditional felucca along the Nile in Egypt. Four towering statues of the powerful pharaoh stand sentinel at the entry. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves explores the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. How can I take your money? It's early morning, and these people are heading to work. These guys are way too fast for me. Tourists can still clearly see ancient Egypt's elaborate spiritual world. The mask of Tut looks like his face so his soul could recognize him on his journey to the afterlife. Rick: Anything to make the god happy. Rick: Beautiful. You can get whatever you need around here — including a quick trim before dinner. Smaller text Larger text. In Cairo, after admiring one of the great sights of the ancient world, we marvel at King Tut's gold. Rick Steves Egypt: Yesterday and Today Download image, The pyramid complex at Giza, Egypt. It's hard to walk by this place without enjoying at least a taste. Rick: Zainab's fingers? While many modern Muslims would prefer a separation of mosque and state, others believe Egypt should be ruled in accordance with a strict interpretation of the Quran. Finishing one of those is like finishing two packets of cigarettes. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, sailing beyond Europe this time. A highlight of the museum's collection is a section filled with King Tut's treasures, from his splendid coffin to his jewelry. And today, Cairo's known as the city of a thousand minarets. There's more intensity around the adjacent shrine, believed to contain a sacred relic: the head of Al Hussein ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. Tarek: This is "denise" [sea bream] from the Mediterranean. Cairo is intense. Dating from around 2600 BC, it's a century older than its more famous sisters at Giza. Posted on February 1, 2013 November 26, 2013. Cairo's a fascinating clash between traditional and modern, religious and secular, east and west. This was the most sacred spot in all of Egypt. Today, fertilizing and irrigating the soil is the work of engineers, rather than the gods. Its forest of columns represents papyrus plants — bulging stems and flowering capitals, each elaborately carved and once brightly painted. Remarkably, Tut's actual mummy lies nearby. This first-ever towering stone structure is more than just a grave marker. RICK STEVES EGYPT: YESTERDAY & TODAY sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. But — apart from this ancient Roman theater, which dates from the fourth century — very little survives. Three-wheeled tuk-tuks weave through the action. The Nile River flows like a green ribbon from south to north. It's a commotion of activity. We hoist the sail for an unforgettable felucca ride. Nelly: Of course, yes. Shukran [thank you]. These monuments were built to mark and to protect the bodies of fabulously wealthy and powerful pharaohs. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, OK, you can buy it. These are the hieroglyphs, one of the most ancient written languages because of which we understood a lot about the civilization of ancient Egypt. I hope you've enjoyed our look at Egypt. Heba: …very delicious, and this is Egyptian beef with onion sauce, and this is of course, rice, and this is, then, rokak… You obey the rules. And, you gotta admit, Tut doesn't look a day over 3,500. In this shop, a man spins delicate strands of flour that will become a favorite local pastry, kanafeh. In Alexandria, we delve into a vibrant market and smoke a shisha. History has been harsh on the city, with its population shrinking to a low of around 10,000 in the 18th century. And gated social clubs in a place like Egypt provide a refuge where the wealthy can live in a parallel world, protected from the gritty reality of the streets. It had a long ramp, intricately carved and painted, leading to the burial chamber. Rick: Shisha. But the people aren't doing it all the time — we do it casually, lets us vent out, be casual, socializing, you know, talking with friends, we do it with close friends, we vent out and talk… Tarek: So relaxing, comfortable. Younger daughter: Family movie! Heba: Bailhana' walshifa'. Watch the full episode of “Rick Steves Egypt” — airing across the US on public television, or streaming (free!) I am also seriously considering a trip to Egypt in 2020, and security is a big concern. These are reminders of a pent-up tension in Egyptian society. Under the stars, people wander, learning and dreaming — wonderstruck at the achievements of ancient Egypt. Egypt — while not in Europe — contributed to the foundation of Western civilization. Nice. Watch Now. These days, Aswan is most famous for its massive dam. To the ancient Egyptians, it seemed logical to live on the east bank, where the sun rises, and bury your dead on the west bank, where the sun dies each evening. These tombs — buried deep in the folds of this valley — proved to be more secure than the intentionally high-profile pyramids. As the sun sets, palms become silhouettes, ensuring memories created are never forgotten. And on the Nile, after sailing on a timeless felucca, we upgrade to a riverboat and kick back while enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. Built in the year 2001, [its] walls are inscribed with characters of the world's languages through the ages. These are the most famous: the Pyramids of Giza. The riverfront throbs with energy — stately bridges busy with traffic, fancy riverside restaurants, and towering apartment complexes. Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. And ancient Egypt — that's what draws the tourists. Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. After Cairo and the pyramids at Giza, we tour Alexandria and Luxor. Dill makes it beautiful. Alright. Tarek: If you spend like two or three hours you will get dizzy. Home / Blog; Posted on December 6, 2019 by Rick Steves. In Alexandria, we wander back lanes and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. Then, when the Ottoman Turks took Egypt, it became a bustling Turkish bazaar. Merchant: No money, no honey. Here in Egypt, like almost anywhere, there's a big gap between rich and poor. I'm Rick Steves. Merchant: Here, your size. We finish our evening just down the street at Tarek's home, joining his family for dinner. The Answer Is Yes. Heba: Yes… So, these are beautiful paintings of the afterlife. Egyptian boatmen have been sailing this river for thousands of years. The Great Court is the largest single area of the complex. Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum; Shop Online; Rick Steves' Europe. And grand European-style boulevards graced the city. It's so peaceful, until the tranquility is broken by…pirates?! Casual family scenes? The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Tragically, about 2,000 years ago, that amazing repository of knowledge was burned and destroyed. For more information, contact Lisa Werner at lisaw@ricksteves.com or Hope Reed at 520-622-1393. The iconic sights of ancient Egypt — four or five thousand years old — are basically buildings and art for dead people. Yep. This is moussaka; this the stuffed vine leaves… Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / Beyond Europe / Egypt - Travel Books; Please sign in to post. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Nope! An inviting gathering point for Alexandrians, the library feels promising, perhaps offering a chance to see the next generation of this country's leaders. And your big challenge: to be sure your body and your valuables survived the journey into the afterlife. Long, secret corridors, originally blocked by sliding stones, lead to the tomb chamber deep in the center of each pyramid. Shukran! It was built with Soviet technology and money back in the Cold War. We're riding one farther upstream for a look at the most scenic stretch of the Nile. In the relative cool of the evening, the prosperous streets of downtown are filled with window shoppers and thriving eateries — clearly a world for Egypt's more privileged class. This holy complex was built around 1300 BC, nearly a thousand years before ancient Greece's Golden Age. Standing in the middle of the city, it's evocatively floodlit and welcomes visitors in the evening. But the most important temple was saved. Towering before us are the tombs of three great kings, or "pharaohs." Later, in AD 43, it's believed the Evangelist Mark came to Egypt and established the Coptic Church. Egypt's Luxor Museum, made possible and designed by the people who brought us the Louvre in Paris, is the finest museum in the country. I love traveling here, but I do it with safety and sanity in mind. Somehow, bikers balance rustic racks of bread. Rick: Bailhana'…? Tarek: This is Egyptian, from the Mediterranean! Back when Luxor was Egypt's capital, this sprawling complex of temples was dedicated to the grandiose holy family, a trinity of gods: Amon, Mut, and Khonsu. Queen Cleopatra ruled Egypt from here — when the city rivaled Rome as a cultural and intellectual capital of the Mediterranean world. 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