vrijdag 30 december 2011

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

Guests of the remarkably historic and five-star Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor will appreciate the legendary nature of the property. The many amenities and services include conference rooms, private beach access, airport shuttles, a spa with massage and beauty treatments, and more. Restaurants and bars provide the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing and offer refined French cuisine with the latest in fusion dishes from around the world. The pool scene is stunning and has the vibe of a private oasis with surrounding palm trees.

maandag 28 november 2011

Luxor stemt

I can't remember the last time I saw Luxor as alive as it is this morning - I am talking about the atmosphere.  There have been long lines of men and women waiting outside polling stations since before 8 am this morning to cast their vote in the first free elections.  Some of the lines are snaking down the streets and round the street corners while some are doubling back and running beside each other.  The mobile phone cameras are clicking as friends take photos of each other.  Everyone is smiling.  There are lots of police and army in trucks and on foot guarding the streets around the polling stations - some of the streets are closed altogether to traffic.  It's great to see everyone so enthusiastic and no signs of animosity between police, army and citizens.

zaterdag 26 november 2011

toont een heleboel foto's
mbt de aanleg 
van de nieuwe Nijlpromenade 
in Luxor 

woensdag 12 oktober 2011

Traffic in Luxor

A random traffic view in Egypt, in the Khaled Ibn El Waild Street, at the corner with Salah al Deenstreet almost a tradition now in my travelling. See passing by many old vehicles, enjoy!

Een doorsnee verkeersbeeld in Luxor, Egypte, op de Khaled Ibn El Waild Street, op de kruising met de Salah al Deenstreet, bijna een traditie in mijn gemaakte reizen, een verkeersbeeld filmen, veel kijkplezier!

zaterdag 20 augustus 2011


Full title reads: "Egypt. Pharaohs Used This Avenue". Avenue of the Sphinx, Egypt. GV The Temple of Karnak on the banks of the Nile. Nearer shot ditto. LV The pillars in the Hypostyle Hall. LV From top of the pillars. GV The Luxor Temple at one end of the Avenue of Sphinx. SV Arch with very clear inscriptions on it. GV The Temple of Karnak at… (more)PHARAOHS USED THIS AVENUE - British Pathe

zaterdag 16 juli 2011

Mosque on Mansheya Street

The new governor of Luxor

 is making a real effort to improve Luxor and one of his initiatives was to have a meeting with ex-pats living here to find out their views.

There is a major clear up of Luxor taking place on Sunday at 9am, please assemble at Abu Haggag square if you want to help. Equipment and free hats and t-shirt will be available. This is taking place Armant, Esna and all over Luxor. The meeting raised an important point that the men who are paid to do this job need to understand they are not losing their jobs and this was to help them. The waterways as well as the streets are included in the clean up.

He wants
• to restart something called tourist friend which stopped in 1990

• change the behaviour on the streets, the hassle, but he did point out that at the moment this is driven by hunger and extreme poverty because of the lack of tourists

• education is the key and he will start with the schools, children need to be taught to respect their country and take pride in it

A number of points were raised from the floor which he responded to

• Pollution of waterways and streets with rubbish

• The main rubbish dump was being poorly maintained and there was fly tipping

• Recycling

• The police are not active, he has a meeting planned and wishes to get them back to pre revolution standards

• New work opportunities were being made at Tod, north Karnak and Esna. There will be a boat marina north of the Hilton

• Traffic rules and regulations to be enforced

• Caleches to display their licence

• Hassle

• Treatment of Animals, both Brook and Ace operate in Luxor and a representative of Ace was at the meeting and gave the governor an information pack and invited him to visit. The governor is a pet lover and has many animals. Ace invited anyone to visit their centre and see their work

donderdag 30 juni 2011


After five years of hard work, the avenue of Sphinxes has been reincarnated into its original form, inviting Luxor’s visitors to walk along the historical avenue as the ancient Egyptians did in the days of the Pharaohs.

To celebrate the restoration, said Mansour Boreik, director of Luxor monuments, the ministry of state for antiquities (MSA) is organizing a special inauguration ceremony on October at the avenue. Sound and Light Company is installing a special lamp to light the avenue and showcase the distinguished artistic beauty of its sphinxes, as well as the monuments that were unearthed during the route’s development project, including Greco-Roman workshops and wine factories.

The 2,700 metre long avenue of sphinxes was built during the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo I of the 30th dynasty. It replaced one built in the 18th dynasty, by Queen Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC), as recorded on the walls of her red chapel in Karnak Temple.

Sadly, however, over the span of history the avenue was lost, subjected to destruction and some of its sphinxes destroyed, as sections of the avenue far from both temples were covered with sand and buried under random housing.

Within the framework of the MSA programme to restore ancient Egyptian monuments with a view to developing the entire Luxor governorate into an open-air museum, a project was planned to recover the lost elements of the avenue, restore the sphinxes and return the site to the splendor it enjoyed in ancient Egypt.

Egypt to boost African cultural ties

In an official announcement, the Arterial Network stated that Emad Abu Ghazi, Egypt's culture minister, Egypt’s intention “to enhance and build strong cultural ties with all African countries”. An Arterial Network press release circulated in many African countries among cultural institutions and individuals active in the arts said "Abu Ghazi denounced ousted President Hosni Mubarak's policies towards Africa, describing Egypt's neglect of its neighbours and the continent at large during the Mubarak era as a crime. The culture minister pointed out that the long-awaited Luxor festival will be inaugurated in January with every single African state invited."

The Arterial Network is a body formed to support and encourage the growth of African arts, and includes individuals, organisations, donors, companies and institutions working in the cultural arena all across Africa.

In March 2011, together with six other African countries, UNESCO and the European Union added Egypt – represented by Basma El Husseiny – to a database of 30 technical experts providing cultural-policy assistance to developing countries. This is Egypt’s first active involvement in a continuously expanding Arterial Network.

donderdag 23 juni 2011

1895 - Auguste & Luis Lumière: Egipte, panorama des rives du Nil

Ancient Islamic and Coptic buildings

An Egyptian expedition team working in Luxor discovered remnants of  the Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday.
The remnants include churches, minarets and domes and are located in the Luxor Temple area along the Avenue of the Sphinxes, according to a ministry statement.
The team found remains of an ancient church that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (AD 5), built with stone blocks typical of ancient temples. The church reflects the style of ancient Egyptian architecture in its stone cornices, columns and ceiling vault.
As for the Islamic monuments, the expedition team found the authentic architrave of a mosque called al-Muqashqash, as well as the minaret and dome of another mosque, Abul Hajjaj.

donderdag 16 juni 2011

Tomb of Djehuty

A Spanish mission working at Dra Abu El-Naga on the West Bank at Luxor has discovered a second, painted burial chamber in the tomb of Djehuty (TT11). At the entrance the Djehuty Proyecto found 5 gold earrings and 2 gold rings, which date to the early- to mid-18th Dynasty and probably belonged to Djehuty or to a member of his family.

vrijdag 27 mei 2011

De Standaard - Belgische archeologen vinden oudste rotstekingen noord-Afrika

De Standaard - Belgische archeologen vinden oudste rotstekingen noord-Afrika

Belgische archeologen van het Jubelpark hebben de oudste rotstekeningen van Noord-Afrika gevonden. De afbeeldingen bij Qurta, ten zuiden van Luxor, blijken na datering minstens 15.000 jaar oud te zijn.

zaterdag 21 mei 2011

Internet Marketing Event

From: luxor-news
My very good friend Colette Mason gave a free Internet Marketing Workshop, the very first in Luxor. This was an imitative to give a boost to tourism in Luxor post revolution. The audience was totally enthralled and she has some 6 follow up appointments before she leaves. A huge success. There is already talk of another one. For those of you that missed the presentation I have got copies of the DVD she handed out so please get in touch.

zaterdag 14 mei 2011

Luxor News - Jane Akshar: Colossal statue of Amenhotep III discovered

Luxor News - Jane Akshar: Colossal statue of Amenhotep III discovered: "MSAA press release d.d. April 26, 2011 'A colossal statue of Amenhotep III was uncovered during the Ministry of State for Antiquities' (MS..."

woensdag 23 februari 2011

Animal Care Egypt (ACE)

ULVENHOUT - Bereid je je maandenlang voor om bij een hulpproject voor verwaarloosde ezels, paarden en dromedarissen te gaan werken, breekt er opeens een opstand uit.

Het overkwam Boukeline Kappelhoff (28) uit Ulvenhout. Toch vertrekt de afgestudeerde dierenarts op 2 april naar Luxor in Egypte. "Toen al die protesten daar begonnen, dacht ik wel 'Moet dat nou? Hadden ze niet even kunnen wachten'. Het centrum is ook een tijdje dicht geweest, maar uiteindelijk is het allemaal heel goed afgelopen. Nee, ik maak me geen zorgen over mijn veiligheid. In Luxor, waar ik in het centrum van Animal Care Egypt (ACE) ga werken, is niet zo veel gebeurd. Bovendien teert Luxor op de toeristen. Daar wil iedereen dat het rustig blijft."
Ze kijkt er naar uit om te vertrekken. "Ik ben nog niet zo lang geleden afgestudeerd en ik wil graag werken met grootvee, zoals koeien en schapen. Ik denk dat ik daar heel veel kan leren." Maar ze gaat vooral uit idealisme. "Ik kan er niet zo goed tegen als dieren slecht behandeld worden. De mensen daar zien lastdieren vaak als een gebruiksvoorwerp. De dieren worden veel geslagen en slecht verzorgd. Dat komt door geldgebrek, maar ook door onwetendheid. Ze laten een dier rustig doorlopen met een gebroken poot. Eigenlijk is het vreemd, want de mensen zijn afhankelijk van hun dieren. Ze verdienen er hun geld mee. Je zou juist verwachten dat ze die goed verzorgen."
Bij Animal Care krijgen eigenaren gratis medische zorg voor hun lastdieren. Ook geeft de van oorsprong Engelse organisatie voorlichting. "Ook op de scholen."
Boukeline vertrekt niet met lege handen naar Egypte. Afgelopen zondag was er een drukbezochte benefietbijeenkomst in de Pekhoeve, waar ze 1700 euro verdiende met workshops en een loterij. Het geld is niet voor haarzelf, ze betaalt de reis en verblijf uit eigen zak, maar voor de dierenopvang in Luxor. "Ik krijg heel vaak de vraag of ik me niet beter voor de mensen in kan zetten. Dan zeg ik altijd dat ik door de dieren te helpen, indirect ook de mensen help."

Eventuele bijdragen: rekening 4283387 tnv Boukeline Kappelhoff

zaterdag 5 februari 2011

Egyptian bloggers

Egypt has the largest and most active blogosphere in the Arab world, and their work is done at great personal risk, facing arrest, prison, torture -- and even death, in some cases, says British photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind, who is based in the Middle East. In this photo, the 'godfather' of Egyptian bloggers Wael Abbas, right, with fellow activists Kareem El Behiry, center, and Ahmed El Sayad, left, at Al Borsah Cafe in downtown Cairo, Egypt in 2010. Many bloggers are the children of Cairo’s intellectuals, radicals and activists and they gather late into the night in the shabby downtown street cafes their parents inhabited in the 1960s and 70s." (Anastasia Taylor-Lind / VII Mentor)Bridget Johnson (The Hill):

The growing unrest in Egypt is best being captured by the bloggers on the ground in Tahrir Square and other locations throughout the cradle of civilization. Here are some of the key bloggers to follow on Twitter:
Wael Abbas, a blogger and grassroots journalist renowned for exposing Mubarak-regime abuses. He's taking photos and posting video on his blog, as well, which he's linking to from Twitter. Recent tweet:

From field hospital: The doctor here confirms that 3 atleast are dead

Sandmonkey is an Egyptian who blogs as "an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey." He's posting frequent tweets and retweeting other protesters. Recent tweet:

The purpose behind today's clashes : "The Army is calling on protesters to go and stay home for Egypt's security." #jan25

Hossam Eid has been tweeting chilling updates from the violence Wednesday, when pro-Mubarak demonstrators rode into Tahrir Square on horseback and camels to clash with democracy demonstrators. Recent tweet:

I have twenty five stitches in my head and and I can't see with my left eye, but yet am going back to tahrir tomorrow

Ali Seif is also giving a dramatic play-by-play in the midst of the protests. Recent tweet:

Other than bruises, unable to stand, starved, and panic, were all fine. Feeling betrayed, all of us are. Massacre in square, please watch em

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis was in Tunisia for the protests there before coming home in time for the Jan. 25 protests to begin. Recent tweet:

Mubarak saving face & responding 2 US pressure 2 avoid vacuum. After steppin down Suleiman'll make concessions as much ppl pressure #jan25

Follow related posts on the unfolding crisis with the hashtag #jan25

donderdag 3 februari 2011

The April 6 Youth Movement

In a press conference, the April 6 movement called on Egyptians to start a general strike on Sunday that would last until the demands of the people are met. It also said it was attempting to persuade the army to side with the people.

April 6 is one of the movements that called for the January 25 day of anger that sparked the series of mass protests. Protesters initially called for economic and political reforms but this escalated to demanding the fall of the regime. This prompted Mubarak to ask his cabinet to resign and appoint a new vice president.

Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 movement, announced the movement’s rejection of President Mubarak’s Friday night speech, calling it the “repeated nonsense that we’ve been hearing for 30 years.”

“The president’s false promises do not fool us anymore. He is the one responsible for all the crimes that were committed against the people,” said the April 6 statement.

The statement urged the people to continue uprising until the president steps down.

Maher blamed the recent vandalism and theft on the security forces which--he claims--released large numbers of thugs and convicts from prisons to terrorize the people and ruin the image of the uprising.

He asserts that the movement is not affiliated with vandalism and that it has formed popular committees to defend public and private facilities.

The April 6 Youth Movement

In the spring of 2008, over 100,000 users of the social networking website Facebook joined an online group to express solidarity with workers protesting in the Delta industrial city of al-Mahalla al-Kubra. As the protests escalated into a nationwide strike, the Facebook group gained momentum and eventually coalesced into a political movement known as the April 6 Youth Movement. Making extensive use of online networking tools, organizers of the movement urged followers to demonstrate their support for the workers by wearing black, staying at home, and boycotting products on the day of the strike. The group has since organized other protests and demonstrations including solidarity protests for Gaza and demonstrations in support of jailed journalists and bloggers. In 2009, the group still claimed a membership of around 70,000 young Egyptians, most of whom are well-educated and politically unaffiliated. Like Egypt’s other protest movements, the April 6 Youth Movement is not a formal political party, but it nonetheless provides an outlet for a new generation of politically conscious Egyptians.
Since its original strike in 2008, the April 6 Youth Movement has struggled to sustain its organizing capacity. Regime repression has contributed to the movement’s decline. During the original strike, security forces abused and harassed many of the group’s leaders and members, and the severity of the crackdown dampened enthusiasm for the movement. Anniversary strikes in 2009 and 2010 also ended in deadly violence when police acted to disperse the protesters. Although the movement was initially able to evade physical repression through the skillful deployment of social media and online networking, the regime has since undermined the movement’s technological advantage through propaganda and other media strategies. Following the most recent anniversary protest, the April 6 Youth Movement filed a lawsuit demanding the right to protest without police interference, but the case has been postponed until November 2010.

In July 2010, the April 6 Youth Movement announced a new anti-NDP campaign under the slogan, “Egypt is our Homeland, not Theirs.” The campaign aims to raise political awareness with a particular focus on the youth population. Its organizers have endorsed Mohammed ElBaradei’s seven-point petition and claim to have gathered over 5,000 signatures for the campaign as of August 2010.

Major Figures:
Asmaa Mahfouz: Founding member
Ahmed Maher: Founding member
Israa Abdel Fattah: Founding member
Mohammed Adel Amr Ali: Leading member and blogger
The April 6 Youth Movement was launched by young Egyptians and the movement continues to rely heavily on the support of youth. Two of the movement’s founding members, Israa Abdel Fattah and Ahmed Maher, were under the age of 30 when they created the original Facebook group. Although the movement has derived considerable energy and leverage from its young supporters, it has also struggled to reach more demographically diverse constituencies, and has not successfully cultivated a strong grassroots network beyond its Facebook group.

Use of social media:
The April 6 Youth Movement has made extensive use of social media and cell phone technology to mobilize its supporters, and over 70,000 Facebook users belong to the movement’s online group. The Facebook group functions as both a forum and powerful organizing tool for the movement’s members, who frequently post comments, photos and news reports to the page. Leaders meet online to debate issues, plan events, and mobilize the group’s members to participate in specific demonstrations. Members of the movement have used various Facebook features—including profile pictures and status update boxes—to protest repressive police measures and express solidarity with fellow activists who have been arrested or harassed.

As an informal group, the April 6 Youth Movement does not enter into official alliances with political parties. However, party leaders are attuned to its activities and have occasionally expressed solidarity with the movement. According to media reports, individual members of al-Ghad, Tagammu’, and the National Association for Change participated voluntarily in the April 6 Youth Movement’s 2010 demonstration, although their parties had not officially endorsed the protest. The movement has coordinated with Kifaya to stage protests with varying degrees of success.

In April 2009, the April 6 Youth Movement played an instrumental role in the formation of the Egyptian Coalition for Change, which called for the abrogation of all emergency laws, the drafting of a new constitution, and the annulment of the Camp David Accords (which normalized relations between Egypt and Israel in 1978). Other members of the coalition included the Kifaya movement, al-Karama, al-Wasat, and individual members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The April 6 Youth Movement has expressed support for the Muslim Brotherhood and publicly denounced the detention of Brotherhood members in August 2009. The movement has also backed Mohammed ElBaradei and the National Association for Change, and claims to have gathered over 5,000 signatures in support of the NAC’s seven-point petition for reform.

Promoting political reform through a strategy of non-violent resistance
Seeking to implement the principles of democratic governance
Maintaining the movement’s independence while at the same time striving to build coalitions with other opposition actors
Establishing the principles of democratic governance
Protecting the right to form parties and engage in the political process
Economic Issues:
Supporting the development of new technologies and citizens’ access to the internet
http://www.6april.org/ (official)(Arabic)
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38588398289 (Facebook)
www.6aprilmove.blogspot.com (blog)
http://twitter.com/shabab6april (Twitter) (Arabic)
http://shabab6april.wordpress.com (Code of April 6 Youth) (Arabic)

dinsdag 1 februari 2011

In the ancient city Luxor in southern Egypt, locals fended off a band of robbers who tried to break in and steal antiquities from the warehouse of the famed Karnak Temple on the east bank of the Nile.
In Luxor residents are defying the curfews to form barricades and ensure that monument are not looted.

zondag 23 januari 2011


Ik kijk vaak op luxor-news van Jane Akshar. Zij woont in Luxor en heeft steeds heel interessant nieuws. Nu ook weer, lees bij haar verder over opgravingen in Karnak.

zaterdag 22 januari 2011


Archaeologen denken vrij snel de graftombe van Anchesenamon, de vrouw van de legendarische farao Toetanchamon, te vinden. Dat heeft het hoofd van de Egyptische oudheidkundige dienst, Zahi Hawass, gezegd.
Anchesenamon leefde in de veertiende eeuw voor Christus en was een dochter van farao Achnaton en diens beroemde vrouw Nefertiti. Archeologen vermoeden dat de graftombe van Anchesenamon zich in de Vallei der Koningen bij Luxor bevindt. Eerder zijn hier al 63 andere graftombes gevonden.

De 64e tombe is al eerder gelocaliseerd en wordt binnenkort blootgelegd. Egyptoloog Zahi Hawass heeft tegenover Discovery News gezegd dat de kans aanzienlijk is dat het om de tombe van Toetanchamons echtgenote gaat.

Anchesenamon trouwde op haar dertiende met Toetanchamon die vermoedelijk haar halfbroer was.

In 2011 willen de archeologen ook een begraven piramide bij Dasjoer, iets ten zuiden van Caïro, blootleggen. Eerder zijn al satellietfoto's van deze locatie gemaakt en daaruit bleek dat er onder de grond een piramide begraven ligt.

the tomb of Tutankhamun

Tourists to Egypt will soon be able to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun without setting foot in the Valley of the Kings. A €500,000 life-size facsimile of the Boy King’s tomb and sarcophagus are to be installed in the revamped Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum in Cairo (slated to open early this year). The copy, created using the latest scanning technology, will eventually join replicas of the tomb of Tuthmosis III and a room from Nefertari’s tomb in a visitor’s centre planned for 2012 near British archaeologist Howard Carter’s home at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings.

The facsimile, created by Madrid-based workshop Factum Arte in collaboration with Zahi Hawass, the director general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the University of Basel, the Friends of the Royal tombs of Egypt and the Foundation for Digital Tech­nology in Conservation, are part of the council’s long-term preservation of King Tut’s tomb which currently attracts 1,000 visitors per day. The large number of visitors and drastic temperature fluctuations are causing concern for the tomb’s survival.

No one has seen the tomb like this,” said Adam Lowe, the director and founder of Factum Arte, who added that the tomb’s current condition, in particular the temperature and glass panels that protect the walls, make a proper examination difficult. “You can think in the facsimile and then go back to the original and confer,” he said.

Included in the facsimile will be a lost “Isis” fragment known only from a photograph taken by Harry Burton shortly after Carter’s discovery of the tomb in 1922. The 1.8m x 1.4m fragment is from the southeast corner of the Throne Room. The photograph, now at Oxford’s Griffith Institute, shows that Carter had carefully removed the fragment and placed it in a wooden box filled with bran. “It’s most likely in a storeroom in Egypt,” said Lowe, who consulted several Egyptologists when creating the colour copy. “The aim of this type of reconstruction of missing parts of important sites is to focus attention on the biography and movement of things—once an object becomes the focus of attention new information about it normally emerges. In this case, I am hoping [the fragment] might be found,” said Lowe.

Fascimile Tet anch Amon+tomb

Aboudi's Bookshop Grand Opening

This bookshop has been providing great books in Luxor for 3 generations and is the primary outlet for all good Egyptology books in Luxor, probably in Egypt. It had recently moved locations from next door to the old Winter Palace which is being redeveloped to next door to MacDonalds behind Luxor Temple.

vrijdag 21 januari 2011

Jalâluddîn Rumi

The Alchemy of Love (by Jalâluddîn Rumi)

You come to us
from another world
From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love
You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king
You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.
Through your love
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.

The Love Poems of Rumi (edited by Deepak Chopra)

Luxor declares state of emergency ahead of anticipated floods - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Luxor declares state of emergency ahead of anticipated floods - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Luxor governorate has set up a state of emergency plan in case of flooding which may occur as heavy rains are predicted to continue. The governorate is holding a committee made of managers and personnel in the health, logistics, veterinary medicine, irrigation and agriculture sectors. It is also working on plans for rescue measures.