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The Hadeel Dahabiyya 7 Day Nile Cruise (4th day)

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4th day on the River Nile 20 September 2011.

Today we visited EL Kab and the temple of Horus in Edfu. The Hadeel moored up while we took a donkey ride  to the outstanding preserved temple of EL Kab.

We all climbed onto donkey’s and as I have never sat on a donkey before it was very tricky and  quiet amusing for the Hadeel staff and the people in the village.  Eventually I was sat on top of a baby donkey and with the help of the Hadeel staff the ride got a little better. We travelled through the small village. The El Kab Temple was not that far.

Pictures of me on Donkey.

El Kab formerly called Nekhab. The site offers the intriguing remains from prehistoric times right through to Pharaonic period. The inside of this temple still showed beautiful colours used. We got to see the very well preserved ancient mud brick walls as we walked back from the Temple. We had donkey’s waiting for us but I preferred the walk that way I got to speak to the little girls of the village. They were every so sweet selling there cute baskets that they had made. The girls and boys not only appreciate money but small gifts such as pens, pencils etc. So if you ever do a Nile Cruise please take some small gift for these kids. It was very sad when we left as the girls had learnt my name in that short space of time and shouted it out with a goodbye.

El Kab and the shrines in Edfu

Me and some of the girls in Edfu

After Lunch we moored up further down the Nile and took a kalesh that was waiting for us to see The Temple of Horous. The tale of Isis, Osiris and Horus was that in the beginning the world was divided between Osiris and his brother Seth. Seth was unhappy with his part as it mainly consisted of desert. Seth murdered Osiris to gain his half. Isis the sister and wife of Osiris initially recovered Osiris’s body. This made Seth mad and he recaptured his body and chopped into many pieces which he buried all across the country.

Temple of Horus

Isis collected all the pieces  and bandaged together to form the first mummy.  With the help of some other gods , Osiris was bought briefly back to life, long enough for Isis to conceive. Isis bought up her son Horous in secret. Eventually Horous sought out Seth and vanquished him in a titanic struggle, bringing order and prosperity to Egypt.

Temple of Horus

Here are some more pictures on taken at El Kab and the Temple of Horus.

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7 Day Nile Cruise Gebel El Silsila (3rd Day)

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19th September 2011 (Our 3rd day on the River Nile)

Today was a more relaxing day as we sailed on towards Edfu. Gebel EL Silsila is a rarely visited site that was used for centuries as a quarry for the construction of Egypt’s most glorious temples. You can still see some shrines cut out of the rock. The cut out shrines were dedicated to the pharohs across the dynasties. The Gebel El Silsila also has a small chapel from the time of Hatshepsut. Some of the rocks have great big holes through which ropes were used to lower the cut stone down to the boats on the river Nile. You can see in some of the pictures how thick each cut was, some of them looked like a cheese cutter had cut through them.  It is truly amazing how they managed to move such big stones onto the Nile, and then were used to construct beautiful temples. Also there is never a shortage of local people who will pose for your pictures for a small price.

Some of the locals posing in one of the shrines at Gebel El Silsila

Gebel El Silsila

You can still see the colours on the ceilings inside the rock cut shrines at Gebel El Silsila

Some of the locals showing us the big holes in the mountains

After visiting Gebel El Silsila  we sailed down the Nile and stopped at an island and had an el fresco lunch. We then sailed further down the Nile and stopped at an island called Fawaza. On this island we had an Egyptian barbecue. It was definitely lazeez gidan (very delicious). None of the bigger cruise boats stop at these islands.

El fresco lunch on the Nile.

Some staff from the Hadeel getting the Egyptian barbecue ready

Here are some of the pictures of Gebel El silsila and the el fresco barbecue.

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Belly Dancing 2011

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I have been belly dancing for years and really love it. I had a bit of a long break and just recently went back into doing classes once a week again.  I love the Jingly hip scarves, the costumes, the make up, head-gear etc. This review has been put together with lots of different reviews that I have read. I hope you enjoy the review. If you have watched any of my eye make up tutorials some of the looks go really well on an Egyptian party nights.

Belly dance is the name commonly used by Western countries to apply to traditional Middle Eastern Dance.

Most of the movements in belly dancing involve isolating different parts of the body (hips, shoulders, chest, stomach etc.), similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet. In much of belly dance there is a focus upon the core muscles of the body producing the movement rather than the external muscles of the body. Egyptian and Lebanese belly dance in particular emphasise the need for movements to originate in the muscles of the back.

Important moves are:

Shiver or a shimmy these are done either with the hips or shoulders, the vibration is usually layered onto other movements. A shimmy can be done in different directions, up and down, side to side or a forward and back swinging motion. The hip shimmy is created by moving the knees past each other at speed.

Hip hits this is a movement of the hip out of the body. For instance if you are moving to the right, take the right leg out keep it straight and then stop bring the left leg to join the right but keep it bent and then with the left bent leg hip hit out.  But there are many ways of doing these hip hits.

Undulations – Fluid movements of the hips, chest or torso in a circular or rotating fashion. There are a wide variety of movements of this kind, of which the most well-known is probably the rotating movements of the chest forward, up, back and down to create the impression of riding a camel.

The costume worn in belly dancing is called Bedlah Arabic for Suit. The Bedlah consists of a fitted top or bra, with a fringe of beads and coins, a skirt or harem pants. The bra and skirt may some times be richly decorated with beads, sequins, coins etc.

The hip belt is a broad piece of fabric worn low on the hips. It may have straight edge, or may be curved or angled. The bra usually matches the belt and does not resemble lingerie. The classic harem pants are full and gathered at the ankle, but there are many variations. Sometimes pants and a sheer skirt are worn together. Skirts may be flowing creations made of multiple layers of one color sheer fabric chiffon.

belly dancing belt with coins

For Raqs or Sharqi dancers  in Egypt It has been illegal  to have your mid riff uncovered since the 1950, or even to display excessive skin. It has become more common to wear  long figure hugging one piece gown strategically placed cut-outs filled in with sheer, flesh-coloured fabric. If bra and skirt or harem pants are worn then a sheer body stocking is to be worn which cover’s the mid riff.

The Egyptian traditional belly dance is usually done in bare feet, but these days people wear shoes and even high heels.

Khan Al Khalili is  the open market in Cairo and is the worlds most popular spot for Raqswear and attracts millions of people every year.

The different types of costumes that are worn.

In Lebanon there is no prohibition in showing your stomach so the Bedlah style is more common and some Lebanese belly dancers opt for the shirwal or harem pants with a bra. The veil is more widely used and usually matches the costume. And the trade mark of Lebanese belly dancers is to wear high heels.

Turkish belly dancers also wear Bedlah style costumes.  In the 80’s and 90’s a ‘stripperesque’ costume style developed, with skirts designed to display both legs up to the hip, and plunging bras. Such styles still exist in some venues. There are many Turkish belly dancers that wear very moderate costumes.

harem pants

American style includes a headband with a fringe, harem pants or skirt rather than tight lycra. Coins and metalwork are used to decorate the bra.

For the folkloric and baladi dances, a full-length beledi dress or galabeyah is worn, with or without cutouts.

A typical American Tribal style costume has voluminous pants covered with one or more skirts and belts. The top is usually a coin bra with pieces hanging from it, and dancers wear flowers, headbands, metal headdresses, and other folkoric-inspired pieces in their hair. They also often wear bindis and sport large tattoos that travel around the hip and belly area.

Tribal fusion costumes are limited only by the imagination and reflect the styles being fused.

I have just recently bought a dvd which I have found very useful. If you attend classes and just want a one to one and learn how to do the moves then this is a good buy. Leila of Egypt will teach the moves in three sections. Section one movements, undulations and shimmies. Section two you will learn the Egyptian walk, moving circles and moving shimmies. Section three you can follow Leila as she does some sensual, energizing or relaxing belly dance routines. It is very easy to follow and this dvd is for beginners. So improve your fitness and increase confidence while mastering the fundamentals of Egyptian style belly dancing. Follow the twelve easy lessons from the full dance routines. I bought this from Amazon.

Belly Dancing for Beginners DVD

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