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Egyptology
« on: August 01, 2007, 05:56:38 pm »
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Anyone interested in the country of Egypt and Ancient Egypt? 
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 03:54:23 am »
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Absolutely. I studied history at college, and Egypt is a very fascinating, mysterious place.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 04:19:27 am »
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In primary school we all learnt about the Egyptians - I remember spending hours on a drawing of Tutankhamuns mask.  We all drew our name in hieroglyphics too, and ever since then I've been interested.  If there's TV programs on and things I'll watch them, eg. there was one shown recently about a new tomb some Americn archaeologists had dug up in the Valley of the Kings, and there was an excellent series shown a couple of years ago, shown on BBC, called 'Egypt', a sort of dramatised documemtary.  Part of Egypts appeal is, as Artanis says, its mystery.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 07:12:28 am »
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As far as I'm aware this new tomb they found has just turned out to be, as far as they know, an anti-chamber or a place where they just used to store things.  Or it could have been a tomb they had dug out for someone who hadn't need it, as they used to dig these things out way in advance as they'd take years to do.

If anyone has any information on this recent find please post, as I could be wrong and it's all really interesting.

I saw the entrance to this tomb when I visited Egypt earlier this year, although it looks nothing like the other tombs as all it is is a dig vertically into the ground.  But just imagine how exciting it must have been to have discovered this so many years after the last one was discovered?!
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 03:05:15 pm »
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I'm utterly fascinated by Egypt and it's history. It was my dream to travel to Egypt to see all those tombs and temples myself. My dream came true a few years ago. I first traveled to Cairo (stayed in a hotel opposite the pyramids) and stayed there for three days. I saw Tutankhamun's mask and treasure in the museum in Cairo. From Cairo we took a plane to Luxor where we boarded the ship for a cruise on the Nile. We visited all the famous temples and tombs. For me, one of the most impressive was the temple of Abu Simbel, that's something I'll never forget.

I've heard about the new tomb they found in the Valley of the Kings but I don't know anything more.

ElleJay, when you visited Egypt, did you go into Tutankhamun's tomb? I didn't and still regret it. But I promised myself to go back there someday and visit it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 03:25:53 pm »
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Egypt does facinate me but personally I could not go as it would burn me so much I am fair skinned you see
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2007, 06:04:36 pm »
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Travel at a time of the year when the sun isn't so hot then?

Cristiel, yes I did!  I have been down into Tutankhamun's tomb.  It was fascinating as it was in slightly better condition then some, being one of the most recent to be discovered, and most famous.  But I have never been to Cairo and so never seen the mask.  It's traveling to London to be displayed in the 'new' o2 arena for a few months before traveling to it's final destination, a purposely built museum in Egypt.  It would be great to travel to see the exhibition in London. 

I'd like to visit Cairo if I go to Egypt again, as I'd like to see a different part of the country.  The pyramids, sphinxes, city, etc.  That hotel opposite the pyramids sounds gorgeous.  Was it over-looking the pyramids?  And did you go on a weeks cruise?
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007, 04:39:05 am »
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You've visited Egypt? That must have been so exciting for you both, Cristiel and Elle jay! I think you're right about the new tomb though Elle Jay, on the TV program they excavated the whole thing and said it was a sort of storage chamber for the possessions of Tutankhamun's mother.  I'm not too sure though, so I'll see if I can find you a link.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2007, 09:55:25 am »
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Hi all, I'm Egyptian, I live in Cairo

Its nice to see that you all like Egypt though I don't recommend visiting in summer, I think we are having the hottest summer now
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2007, 01:17:35 pm »
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I went to visit at the end of October and the weather was just perfect though it was still very warm in the Valley of the Kings.

ElleJay, I had no idea the mask of Tutankhamun was traveling again. When I was very small, my parents traveled to Germany to see the treasure. Do you know when it's coming to London? I might go and see it again.

Cairo is a great city. And the pyramids are amazing, they were so impressing. The hotel we stayed at is called the Oberoi Mena House and it does offer a great view on the pyramids (http://www.oberoimenahouse.com). If you ever go to Cairo, make sure to get inside a pyramid (one of the three is always open for visitors). There's not a lot to see but just the idea of being there, makes you shiver. I have a pic of me inside the pyramid of Chefren and it's one of the pics I value the most.

Yes, we did go on a weekly cruise. You too?

Frolijahlover, it must be great to live in a city with such a history. Do you ever get bored of seeing the pyramids?
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 01:39:34 pm »
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The exhibition is opening in London on 15th November 2007 until the end of August 2008.  I've just had to look up the dates as I wasn't sure when it finished.  I'm glad to hear it's here for almost a whole year though.  I'm going to have to go visit it at some point.

http://www.kingtut.org/home

And the o2 Arena website: http://www.the02.co.uk/web/guest/whatson/exhibitions

And yes, I went on one of the Nile cruises.  It was brilliant!  You get to see so much.  We also did a week in a hotel in Hurghada a couple of years previous.  The room was the most beautiful luxury rooms I've ever been in.  I think we got upgraded for some reason.  It was a block of about 4 rooms away from the actual hotel block, and over looked the red sea.  I might try and post some photos...

Frolijahlover - that's great to hear you live in Egypt.  I remembered once seeing there was a member on this board from there but wouldn't remember who.  Have you always lived in Cairo?
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 03:38:42 pm »
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Frolijahlover, it must be great to live in a city with such a history. Do you ever get bored of seeing the pyramids?

I have seen the pyramids 3 times but that was when I was young, I am not bored since I haven't been there for years.


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Frolijahlover - that's great to hear you live in Egypt.  I remembered once seeing there was a member on this board from there but wouldn't remember who.  Have you always lived in Cairo?

I don't know any other members here from Egypt but it would be great to see one. Yes I have been in Cairo all my life. What I like about it is that it seems like people don't sleep here
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2007, 04:00:27 am »
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I have always wondered how people who live in hot countries deal with the heat as I know that Egypt can be indeed incredibly hot
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2007, 04:01:25 am »
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Thanks for the info, ElleJay, I might go and see the exhibition in London. However, I hope you do realise that not all of King Tut's treasures will be there. The most famous artifacts like his mask and golden coffin will not be part of the exhibition. It still sounds to be worth it so I've pre-registered myself for tickets.

I'd love to see some pics! I've never been to Hurghada, your hotel sounds great. The most luxurious hotels I've ever been in are probably the Warwick hotel in New York and the Oberoi Mena House in Egypt. While we were staying there, Queen Sophia of Spain was there as well.

Frolijahlover, so you don't live anywhere near the pyramids?
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2007, 05:03:12 am »
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Its less than 20 minutes I think to go to the pyramids from where I live.
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