Aswan is a Nubian city in the south of Egypt, on the first cataract of the Nile - where Agatha Christie wrote her murder story.

Here, I fall into a pattern; up at four thirty in the morning; I dress and put my photo gear together.  Then, for eight cents, I take an engine-powered ferry and cross the Nile.   I sit knee to knee, the only white man in a boat filled with turbaned Nubian men; dressed  in Galibeyas; garrulously Salaaming each other; waving with their walking sticks; friendly and quick-smiled. 

Aswan is the most African part of Egypt. It's heat only increases its exoticism.

As the sun rises I make my way through west b

ank villages shooting photos in the early morning light.  By nine o’clock, I go back to our air-conditioned hotel room and sleep for the rest of the day. Then, late in the afternoon, like the rest of Aswan, I too awaken. For it’s only in the coolness of night that we can breathe here. The heat abates as we take our sunset diners on a Nile barge called the Aswan Moon. We eat grilled aubergine – eggplant – and tomato soup.


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Comment by Phil Tarley on March 31, 2011 at 2:30pm
Thanks David. I've made three trips to Aswan, the last in 2009 . I'll be posting more about Aswan soon.
Comment by David Paul Appell on March 31, 2011 at 2:07pm
Beautiful shot and very nice post, Phil!  When were you there?

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