Aswan is my favourite place in Egypt. It has the loveliest setting on the Nile and the river there is as blue as sapphire. The water beautifully reflects the tawny hued desert which comes very close to the river and outcrops of black granite create Aswan’s famous cataracts. The milky white sails of the feluccas gliding on the river billow against this stunning combination of blue and gold and they look gorgeous especially against the backdrop of the humpbacked Elephantine Island. Now add some relaxed small town vibes, palm trees, blue skies, perennial sunshine, and you have one of the loveliest destinations of Egypt.
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So where is Aswan located on the Nile?
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The Nubian heritage
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What’s happening with the Nubians today?
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My Aswan visit then and now
I loved our stay in Aswan last year (2018) in winter. It was the perfect place to getaway from Cairo’s freezing weather and Aswan is one of the sunniest places in the world. The days were warm there, free from the warm covers and at night the balmiest Nile breeze breathed into the city. On my last visit, spring produce scented the city with petrichor as donkey carts bearing freshly picked Egyptian garlic trotted on the streets. The earth clinging to the tendril-like roots gave off a cloying smell and it reminded me of good, old, rich earth deposited by the Nile on its banks. In winter, flowers especially lots of Arabian jasmines gave out heady scents and I loved taking it all in on the lovely sunny balcony of our homestay overlooking the Nile.
There’s more to Aswan than just a Nile Cruise start/endpoint
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