Friday, August 20, 2010

Vacation Dreams-Egypt

I have decided that I need to divide Egypt in two--well, not really, just my post about it so hopefully you won't be bored, lol!

Ever since I was a child I have been fastinated by Ancient Egypt--the Pharoahs, heiroghyphics, and the Sphinx; but I was awed, amazed & entranced by King Tut. I read all I could find about this boy king and was right there (in my mind guys, I'm not that old!) on November 4, 1922, when Howard Carter found his tomb. I devoured books of the excavation and couldn't hear enough about the curse that seemed to follow those involved. So once again, my dreams came true (yes, dreams as you shall soon see!)when we docked at Port Said, Egypt.

Our caravan of buses, including two empty ones in case one of ours broke down, was escorted under armed security forces (the 2nd military)from the port to Cairo. There were security guards on every other bus plus a jeep with 3 armed soldiers (one facing each direction) that went up & down the caravan keeping all vehicles away from us. Once there, whatever perceived (or real) danger was apparently passed & we were free to travel on our own.

Our first stop was a place I've heard about all my life, in every movie I saw...The Egyptian Musuem of Antiquities. Once inside the door you begin browsing over huge statues, sarcophagi, stone vessels & boats, but I couldn't wait to see what I had come for.

To whet your appetite are the four shrines that fit one inside the other and which held Tut's sarcophagus. There were beds, chariots, chairs, gloves, but the room devoted to King Tut & filled with 3000 artifacts was amazing! Here we saw 2 of the 3 coffins that held Tut's body-one solid gold & one encrusted with jewels. We saw more jewelry than a woman can ever wear! Of corse, the highlight for me was finally setting eyes on King Tut's funeral mask--25 pounds of solid gold inlaid with colored glass and gems!

Of course, no cameras were allowed, so I found some links on the web for you.

I'll end part 1 here. But wait you say, what about dream #2? Stay tuned for part 2--I guarantee you will be laughing by the end!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Melissa said...

I loved to copy Egyptian words and letters when I was a kid mysterious and bright.

Magic Love Crow said...

Hi Debbie ;o) This is bringing back so many memories!! I can't wait to read more! Have a great weekend ;o))

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh, I was to hear MORE! Thanks for sharing. I, too, was very interested in Egyptology when I was young. In fact, I'm still fascinated by it. Can't wait to read part 2. :) Theresa

Flowermouse Design said...

Ohhh, you´ve been to Egypt. How fascinating!!! I would love to go there - can´t wait for your next post!!!

Marie S said...

I really love egypt and I would love to go there.
But now... I get to go with you!!
Even better.
Love and hugs.

Dr Sonia S V said...

I am planning an Egyptian birthday party for my 8 year old and would you believe I landed on your blog from google!!
Cheers from a fellow crafter
Dr Sonia