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Fayoum Oasis: One of Egypt’s Hidden Gems

While it may be difficult to imagine a desert oasis, they do actually exist and believe it or not in Egypt they are often far from the top tourist destinations.

However, just about two hours south west of Cairo lives the Fayoum Oasis which is arguably a hidden gem of the country. It is made up of lakes and canals. The large region is a great weekend or day spot as it is far slower paced than Cairo.

Many can’t imagine green farms, art and poetry, relaxation and meditation when they think of Egypt—but this is what Fayoum Oasis provides.

The area also includes a protected national park, Wadi El Rayan, that encompasses almost 700 square miles of land. It includes an upper and lower man-made lake separated by one Egypt’s largest waterfalls. The park also includes dunes, natural sulfur springs and mountains.

Visitors can also tour the strange and beautiful Wadi Al Hitan open air museum which includes a surreal depiction of the evolution of life. Wadi Al Hitan as been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

For the more adventurous you can visit the Magic Lake which changes color according to the time of day but is only accessible by ATV.

Fayoum Oasis is a must visit for those looking to deepen their Egyptian experience.

Posted by Victor Crew on

Egypt Calls for British Museum to Return Rosetta Stone

The British military got the stone in 1801 in the wake of vanquishing Napoleon’s armed force in Egypt and gave it to the British Museum, where it has been an ever-popular attraction.

A Dr. Tarek Tawfik, the head of the Grand Egyptian Museum, as many others is very anxious to see the Rosetta Stone returned to its homeland.

Tawfik proposed that computer generated simulations could be utilized to cultivate a trade and permit cooperation between the two institutions.

Authorities from Egypt have requested the Rosetta Stone be returned for years but have yet to see recompense.

If you don’t already know what the Rosetta Stone is, it is THE singular artifact engraved with Ancient Greek, Demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphs that allowed 19th century linguists to translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language to English.

A similar situation has arouse over the Greek figures, the Elgin Marbles which also reside in the British Museum and have not yet been returned to their homeland.

 

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Egyptian Tourist Spot Gets a Much Needed Renovation

King Tut’s tomb is arguably one of the most spectacular places one can visit in Egypt, however the tourism hotspot needed an upgrade.

On Tuesday, the Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles reported that nearly 10 year restoration of King Tuts tomb will be completed. The goal, to preserve an important piece of history.The project added a filtration system to prevent damage from humidity, CO2 and even dust. Also, barriers have been put up to prevent tourists from touching any of the paintings on the walls. There are also new walk ways and platforms as well as new lights that will be installed this autumn. These will illuminate the mummy of King Tut, Egypt’s Boy King, who is about 3,000 years old.

The project was launched in 2009 by the Los Angeles institute, known worldwide for its conservation work, in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.