Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Travel Photo Thursday - Egypt

I'm posting over at The Budget Travelers' Sandbox 

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

Continuing on my Egyptian theme this week:
Souvenirs
Carpet Making
Sakkhara

Still on Day 1 we next went to see the pyramids and Sphinx.

The Pyramids of Giza are over 4500 years old. They were built as the burial places for Khufu, Khfare, and Menkaure, three Pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. 

Despite the efforts of many people to dismantle and plunder them, they have survived to this day. They are visible proof of the superb mathematical, construction and organisational skills of the ancient Egyptians. This was serious project planning!!!

They are the only remaining original Seven Wonders of the World.




Funny but I really enjoyed taking photos of the colourful camels, should have taken more!













Monday, April 28, 2014

Our World Tuesday - Egypt

Our World Tuesday Graphic


Our World Tuesday

November 2007 - Cairo Egypt

I'm continuing our first day of touring in Cairo.

On the road as we left the Step Pyramids in Sakkara there are several carpet making schools on both sides of the road.




As you enter you will see women and children making actual carpets based on complex designs. You can watch how they stitch and knot the carpets and see the different materials in use.







We didn't buy anything! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? Dreaming of France


 
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.



I'm also linking the second book to  An Accidental Blog. as it has many mentions of Paris.

My reads this week are all very different from each other.


46 COMPLETED READS TO DATE!
1 ABANDONED
1 not finished as it expired so I will have to borrow it again. The Nightmare

FINISHED:
Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
Not as good as last week's read Hanging Hill.
Too predictable and too long.


That Part Was True
When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. Their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of Jackson's colorful, but ultimately unsatisfying, love-life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be married daughter. As each of them offers, from behind the veils of semi-anonymity and distance, wise and increasingly affectionate counsel to the other, they both begin to confront their problems and plan a celebratory meeting in Paris--a meeting that Eve fears can never happen.

Not my typical reading selection. But, hey, England and Paris? Lightweight reading but enjoyable if you are a foodie. The two main characters are "penpals" and discuss their lives through recipes.
it's a comfortable read with lovely writing. 
A favourite sentence:
"Everything needs editing. Everything: biographies, closets, address books, friendships, fiction, life."

STARTED:
Ready Player One

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. 

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 


Saturday, April 26, 2014

inSPIREd Sunday



October 2011 - Beaufort NC


The Old Burying Ground, one of Beaufort's most interesting historic sites, is located along the quaint 400 block of Ann Street, just one block from the waterfront. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest cemeteries in North Carolina, the Old Burying Ground is the final resting place for soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Other gravesites reflect Beaufort's storied past of broken hearts, lost children and early coastal life.


Methodist Church Adjacent to the Old Burying Ground



Visitors frequently leave small gifts and trinkets at the unusual gravesite of the little girl buried in a barrel of rum. According to the legend, a young girl traveled to England with her father who promised the child's mother to return her safely home. Sadly, on the return journey, the young girl died at sea. Desperately wanting to keep his promise to return home with his daughter, the girl's father purchased a barrel of rum from the ship's captain. He placed his daughter's lifeless body in the barrel of rum and returned her to Beaufort for burial at home.




Postcards

I had a nice shout out from Anne Arnott on Facebook and her blog showcasing some postcards I sent her.

Anne also posted some other postcards I had sent her.

One was from Cabo San Lucas.


And one from San Xavier Mission in Arizona.


Charlotte NC


Song-ography All You Need is Love




Here's a new fun meme to join! You'll Shoot Your Eye Out rules are:

1.  Would be kinda cool if you would link back to my blog somewhere...ANYWHERE
2.  Would be kinda cool if you "followed" me.  Not to the bathroom or anything creepy...just here in blog-land.
3.  Please link up using your permalink URL.
4.  Photos MAY or MAY NOT be recently taken.  Heck, sometimes you might see a song title and think "I ALREADY have an amaaaaaaazing photograph for that song title!"  No reason you shouldn't use it.  Amazing is amazing regardless of when it's taken, right?
5.  Would be kinda cool if you'd visit some of the other participants and leave a kind word or two.  I'm from Philly, and you KNOW we have a rep for being the kindest and friendliest peeps in the world :)
6.  You may have one photo,  or drop a photo bomb of photos in your link up post.  Just please make sure your photo(s) are an interpretation of the song title for the week. 
7.  Link-up will be available beginning Sunday mornings.
8.  Tell lots, and LOTS of your blogging friends so I don't feel like I'm sitting at the school lunch table all by myself on Sunday morning.  I don't want to be a "Lonesome Loser" and have to post a photo about it.Got it?  Sunday, link up, song titles, photographs that are interpretations, a mash up I'm calling Song-ography, be there...YO.




For this week's challenge I am sharing our love (of each other and) of travel through photos of ourselves. It also made me realize I haven't done any scrapping in a while!
"All You Need Is Love"
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy




Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need




Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy



All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)