Sunday, October 25, 2009

One More Time Around...

Hard to believe I've now been in Luxor for more than a week--my 6th season working at Chicago House! We've opened the library and I just made a tour of the heart of town: from CH along the Corniche to Nefertiti Street where I made a congenial first visit to "my jeweler", Ramy and then a big loop around Luxor Temple, returning via the Corniche. But I'll report on that trip in a subsequent post.

On Wednesday afternoon, our driver Omar drove three of us around to take care of various errands: Samir had to go the bank, I had to get cat food at Arkwrights Gourmet Food Shop, and Jay needed to arrange for mobile phone service at the Vodafone store on Television Street. I waited in the van during the last stop and managed to shoot several local color shots over the course of about ten minutes.

Can you find the trash collector, the school girls, the men selling lemons, the sexy lingerie shop, the super market, the phone booth?

I particularly like the juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and modern: the donkey-drawn cart and the ice cream delivery truck, the school girls in their white hijabs and the lingerie shop, the super market and the men selling lemons. It's good to be "home" again...


  1. Thanks for those photos! It looks like the Greece I used to know, only multiplied by about 10 times.
    Keep it up!

  2. I am afraid to ask about the destruction of buildings in Luxor. Is it as traumatic as I expect?

  3. Yes, many more buildings have come down. But it is not quite as traumatic as I would have expected, perhaps because we were more prepared for it this year? I'll be doing an post which shows where buildings were last season and how it looks now.


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