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  • Aswan - My ticket to the Nubia Museum
    Aswan - My ticket to the Nubia Museum
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    Aswan - Nile
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  • Aswan - Nubian Museum
    Aswan - Nubian Museum
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  • picturesque!

    by jetsetter45 Written Nov 13, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Aswan is picturesque but there isn`t a lot to do for entertainment except sightseeing so a week is enough.
    Apart from the famous Abu Simbel tour, there are ferryboat trips to villages in the middle of the Nile but do not get ripped off by greedy locals who offer their services and then demand a wad of cash, you can just do it alone, or look for reputable guides on trip advisor, if you want to know historical details.
    There is a Nubian museum to visit and a lovely garden called the Feryal garden, also Kitchners island, very interesting, and the botanical gardens. There are many different coffeeshops and restaurants along the banks of the Nile, but be careful going down the stone steps as some are worn away and they do not have a bannister to hold onto, sensible footwear a must, no high heels. Health and safety are not terms featured highly in the Egyptian vocabulary!!
    Elephantine island is pleasant to go for a walk on and Gharb el Sehel is pretty with a nice bazaar. Good choice of shops but be prepared to haggle.
    There aren`t many bars or nightlife but the cafes are good to wind down at the end of an evening and people watch, they do have weddings at some of them but you are not made to feel you are gatecrashing,

    Fondest memory: Sitting on the balcony of my friends Nubian house on Elephantine island and people watching, it was late afternoon and quite peaceful with the haunting sound of the " call to prayer" and the lovely approach to sunset, Watching the locals feeding their goats and the smell of cooking of evening meals, the smoky smell and random village women shouting at unruly children. Even the mosquitoes making me a part of their evening meal was about bearable!
    Then the brief walk to the ferry crossing to board my Nile cruise boat for dinner, a local man saying salam to my friend and chiding his infant son to do the same, it made me so poignant I wanted to stay and be part of that community, so whimsical.
    I got back to the deck of my boat and just stood on the sundeck and watched till the boat pulled out of Aswan and Elephantine island was just a small dot and a bittersweet memory.

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    Unfinished Obelisk Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Well-known Aswanian granite was obtained on the suburb of the city since ancient times. Numerous statues and sarcophagi, obelisks and columns are cut down of this granite. In stone quarries it is possible to look after all process of extraction of boulders and their primary processing.

    In stone quarries you will find the Unfinished Obelisk. On some sources, tsarina Hatshepsut ordered it.
    The Museum is open 9.00-17.00. Entrance fee is 25LE ($5). Video and photo are allowed.

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    Nubia Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Nubia Museum is a must. By opening of this museum in 1997 it had been put a point in the international campaign on rescue of the Nubian culture which begun under aegis of UNESCO in 1960.

    It is located on a rock in 1 km from the city centre, near to the Corniche. The Museum is opened 9.00-13.00 and 17.00-21.00. Be attentive! From 13.00 till 17.00 it is closed! I visited it from 11.00 till 13.00 and had to leave it because of the daytime brake. Entrance fee 40LE ($8).

    It’s allowed to make video and photos. It has a nice air condition atmosphere. You will find not only extremely interesting exposition but also a rest from hot outside it.

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    History Background

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The area around modern Aswan, including the island of Elephantine, was known in antiquity as Yebu ("Elephant Land"). At a later date the name was restricted to the island and town of Elephantine. From the earliest times down to the Roman period the quarries of Yebu, which became known in the Ptolemaic period as Syene, supplied the Egyptians with fine colored granite (containing quartz, yellow and brick-red felspar and blackish mica) for their buildings and statues.

    Yebu was also of strategic importance, commanding as it did the Nile cataracts and traffic by water between Egypt and Nubia. It was also the starting-point of the great caravan route to Nubia and the Sudan, along which passed the commercial and military expeditions of the Egyptians.

    Aswan suffered severely from the incursions of plundering Bedouin tribes, which were ended only when the Turkish Sultan Selim stationed a garrison in the town in 1517.

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    General Background

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The town Aswan is situated in Upper Egypt north below the First Nile Cataract on the east bank of the Nile, partly on low ground and partly on a hill. Aswan is the capital of Egypt's most southerly governorate and the terminus of the railroad line along the Nile Valley. As a result of the construction of the High Dam farther up the valley Aswan is now becoming one of the country's principal industrial centers.

    At Aswan the Nile divides into several arms, separated by large granite rocks and islands, in particular the island of Elephantine.

    The best time to visit Aswan is winter (December-February).

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    Practicalities for visiting Abu Simbel

    by Tijavi Updated Jun 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Some practical tips for visiting Abu Simbel:
    1) Foreigners are not allowed to go on their own - you have to join the early morning convoy which starts at an ungodly 4 am. Buses will normally pick you up at your hotel at around 3:30 am. Independent travelers may book their trips with travel agencies in Aswan, many of them along Corniche el-Nil. You could also inquire at your hotel if they could help you out . Many of these hotels will, in any case, give you unsolicted offers. The going rate is USD 20 as of May 2007.

    2) Advise your hotel that you are doing the Abu Simbel tour a day earlier - so they could pack a breakfast box for you. It's not much (toast, butter and jelly, hard boiled egg), but keeps the hunger pangs away during the long trip. Alternatively, you could bring your own food, but the breakfast box is usually covered by your room rate.

    3) Bring protective clothing and sun screen - very important especially during the hotter spring and summer months. The trip begins at dawn and finishes early (convoy leaves Abu Simbel at 10 am), but the sun could still burn your skin.

    4) If you don't want to pay for the excessively overpriced drinks at Abu Simbel (can of Coke costs about USD 2) - no choice, you're in the middle of nowhere - you can always bring your own drinks.

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    Planning Excursions Around Aswan

    by atufft Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Many of the great temples normally considered part of the visit to Aswan are rather distant, and so some advance logistics are recommended. Most hotels will arrange a ride in an early morning shuttle to the temples at Abu Simbel, and self excursions via boat to the temples at Philae and Kalabsha are easy enough to arrange with a little help at the hotel desk. But, the trips to Kawm Umbu and Idfu require resourcefulness for the adventure traveler. Egypt is an friendly and easy place to travel, despite all appearances, and so much of the adventure will come in simply getting to these places. Check out the blue links for further details. They are all worth visiting. For those with limited time, skip the cruise ship and take the local van transport.

    Fondest memory: I have many great memories of Aswan, but I'll never forget the beauty of the Nile River at this part of Egypt. Simply riding with locals in the vans that ply the ribbon highway which snakes along the Nile River is unforgettable and beyond the norm for most visitors to Egypt.

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    Aswan Dam

    by miman Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Aswan Dam

    Favorite thing: Without impoundment the River Nile would flood each year during summer, as waters from East Africa flowed down the river. These floods brought nutrients and minerals that made the soil around the Nile fertile and ideal for farming. As the population along the river grew, there came a need to control the flood waters to protect farmland and cotton fields. In a high-water year, the whole crop may be entirely wiped out, while in a low-water year there was widespread drought and famine. The aim of this water project was to prevent the river's flooding, generate electricity and provide water for agriculture.The Aswan High Dam is 3,600 m in length, 980 m wide at the base, 40 m wide at the crest and 111 m tall. It contains 43 million m³ of material. At maximum, 11,000 m³ of water can pass through the dam every second. There are further emergency spillways for an extra 5000 m³ per second and the Toshka Canal links the reservoir to the Toshka Depression. The reservoir, named Lake Nasser, is 480 km long and 16 km at its widest with a surface area of 6,000 km² and holds 150 to 165 km³.

    With hydroelectric output of 2.1 gigawatts, the dam powers twelve generators each rated at 175 megawatts. Power generation began in 1967. When the dam first reached peak output it produced around half of Egypt's entire electricity production (about 15% by 1998) and allowed for the connection of most Egyptian villages to electricity for the first time. The effects of dangerous floods in 1964 and 1973 and of threatening droughts in 1972–73 and 1983–84 were mitigated. A new fishing industry has been created around Lake Nasser, though it is struggling due to its distance from any significant markets.

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    The Nile River

    by CandS Updated May 24, 2006

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    The Nile & Aswan

    Favorite thing: The Nile River is very well known in Egypt and for a good reason...it is the lifeline of many locals! The Nile is a beautiful river that is the home to many towns/cities and the majority of Egyptians. It is great to sail down, walk beside or boat across/along the Nile...there are so many things to see along the way...

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    Ramadan

    by CandS Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    Locals eating during Ramadan

    Favorite thing: While we were in Egypt the Muslim community were in the middle of Ramadan. We had heard that it could cause problems with our tour or that we may not get to eat because of Ramadan but really we didn't have any problems at all because of it.

    The locals did seem to go a bit crazy around 4:30 - 5:30 pm when they ALL seemed to be on the road travelling home or to where ever they would eat their "break-fast" but it didn't affect us too much. We also found a lot of locals eating in the streets and enjoying each others company. It was nice to see!!!

    A couple of nights we also joined our tour guide (a local Egyptian) for his "break-fast" meal... :)

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    Near Kom Ombo Temple

    by CandS Written Jan 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We stopped off at a village just near Kom Ombo Temple...our guide took us through a local home and a guy there showed us some of the traditional ways of doing things in the past... We also got to pat a baby camel (so cute!)!!!

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    The Nile

    by sue_stone Written Jan 31, 2005

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    the Nile at Aswan

    Favorite thing: Most of the travels we did in Egypt involved the Nile, or being near the Nile, but I found it most beautiful at Aswan.

    The views of the Nile were all that I had hoped for when I dreamed of coming to Egypt.

    So make sure you find a good vantage point for some photos and to enjoy the view, and also ensure you get out on the water!

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    Drinking Water

    by Rachelynn Written Nov 30, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It's not safe to drink from the tap. You can buy bottled mineral water, which is very much available everywhere in shops and hotels.

    It cost about 6EP to 10 EP for one large bottle in hotels, and 2EP if you buy from shops.

    The brands that i took were Nestle and Baraka.

    Some of my tour mates boiled the mineral water but i didn't. It's not really necessary.

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    If you have to skip something, skip the dam!

    by saraheg77 Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Aswan High Dam Display

    Favorite thing: The very first thing our tour did after landing in Aswan, was to visit the Aswan High Dam. If you have time for it, be sure to stop by, but if your schedule is booked and you're looking to skip things, skip the dam. There wasn't a lot to see unless you are impressed with dams. :) There were two displays like the one shown and other than that, you could just take pictures from the dam. Also, the vendor didn't have any water at the refreshment stand, so be sure and bring your own water! He did have soft drinks and the Sprite was good, but it wasn't water!

    Fondest memory: I was very interested to hear the statistics of how many artifacts they lost when they dammed up the river... I believe our guide said there were about 80 artifacts/historical sites they had to try and save at the time the dam was built, but they were only able to find the funding to save 17 of those!

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    Photo Ops....

    by kenmerk Written Jan 9, 2004

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    That rare unimpeded view...

    Favorite thing: With the big crowds at most of the ancient temples here, it can be quite trying to take the picture that you want.

    One way is to try and shoot at obtuse angles, or to take pictures of the upper details of the temples to try and cut the masses out of the photos...

    Its a rare opportunity when you see an unimpeded view. So, if you see a shot you want, take it right away. Should you hesistate you may very well be swamped by a Japanese tour group or the like...

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