a felucca on the Nile
On the banks of the Nile lies Aswan, Egypt’s southernmost city. It is thought to be one of the earliest Egyptian settlements and was originally called Swenet, translated as “trade”. Indeed is still famed for its ancient marketplace, although it’s population has swelled to almost 300,000 people.
spices for sale in the market
Whilst the market is indeed impressive, i particularly like the islands off-shore, most especially the Nubian island of Elaphantine, which reminds me of my beautiful experiences in Northern Sudan. You can drink coffee or even stay at Baba Dool's for a bit of authenticity on the island. Boats run regularly for E£5 return from near the KFC.
more quality Nubian architecture
With very few tourists, Aswan is really a rather pleasant introduction into Egypt, although i have had to bark a few times at the all to persistent felucca touts along the waterfront.
Nonetheless, like everywhere in Egypt at the moment all the museums are currently closed.
Several banks taking international visa cards are scattered around town and both McDonald’s and KFC have found their way into town, reminding me that Egypt is really not much part of the African continent,
There is a helpful Tourist Information Centre outside the railway station.
I am staying at the superb Keylany Hotel and sharing a room with my erstwhile Czech companion Milan for E£110 including breakfast and free wi-fi.
The El Shaesh restaurant on Saad Zaglol Street in the market has a fairly decent and reasonably priced menu.
the very beautiful central mosque
a meeting point on the banks of the Nile
the Coptic church