Monday, January 10, 2011

No. 1000 A felucca ride on the Nile at sunset

Sunset while sailing on the Nile in the heart of Cairo
By far, my favorite thing in Egypt. 
A felucca is a traditional small sailboat used in Egypt and the Mediterranean. 

There is something quite fabulous about being in the midst of a great metropolis like Cairo, surrounded by the frenetic cacophony of lights, sights, and sounds - from the unremitting song of car horns to those of wedding singers, from the lights of the Cairo tower to the neon lights of mosques and billboards...

And in the midst of all this hubbub, you find this incredible space of absolute calm.

Warm winds kiss your face and subtle waves rock you smoothly along the water. Golden sunshine turns to rosy and gently melts away in ripples against the horizon. 

This wooden vessel is a cocoon for lovers, families, fishermen, tourists, friends, a great place to have a picnic lunch, or to steal a midnight kiss, to have amazing discussions, or just plain to relax, chill out, and enjoy peace.

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