These guys are way too fast for me. Heba: Bailhana' walshifa'. Never feel sorry for — or obligated to — the merchant. Merchant: How are you? The sheer size of the complex with its forest of massive columns leading to huge squares is a testimony to Ramses' power to get things done. Along with the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, this museum shows off the best collection of ancient Egyptian art anywhere. A short venture beyond the famous sights takes us into a timeless Egypt untouched by tourism. Tragically, about 2,000 years ago, that amazing repository of knowledge was burned and destroyed. In this first of two half-hour shows on Iran, Rick dodges traffic in Tehran, enjoys the tranquility of a nearby village, and encounters both anti-American propaganda … And that? …eager to charm you into a little shopping. This urban commotion literally sits upon lots of history. I sure hope Cheops was satisfied. What is this one? In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs’ tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves explores the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Rick: Rokak. Download image, The Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, Egypt. Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum; Shop Online; Rick Steves' Europe. Plowing with oxen, sowing seeds by hand, and harvesting their crops, they farm as they have through the millennia. A little shaft was designed into the pyramid to provide an escape passage for the soul of the pharaoh. Tarek: This is "denise" [sea bream] from the Mediterranean. Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum; Shop Online; Rick Steves' Europe. During the time of Akhenaten, people were portrayed looser, more intimately. Casual family scenes? There's fresh bread, very fresh poultry, Olives straight from the desert, and something I noticed everywhere: friendly and inviting people. I find that a respectful tourist is welcome to be a part of the scene. In Alexandria, we delve into a vibrant market and smoke a shisha. I am also seriously considering a trip to Egypt in 2020, and security is a big concern. Admiring this one last magnificent temple, you can't help but ponder the rich and complicated 5,000-year story of this civilization. The pharaoh's mummy was put in this stone sarcophagus. On this pedestal sat a statue of the top god, Amon-Ra. Egyptian boatmen have been sailing this river for thousands of years. Reliefs show pharaohs wooing the gods with rituals and offerings. Climbing this passage, you marvel at the design and the audacity of the project. Statues show the queen wearing a beard — a symbol of royalty. The burial chamber walls are remarkably vivid for their age. The faithful believe that when Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus escaped Herod by fleeing to Egypt, this very spot is where they took refuge. It was Egypt's capital for almost a thousand years, until the Muslims came in the 7th century. Jackals stand guard, and here, a god presents two ankhs — the symbol of life. Stepping into the Al Hussein mosque, like [with] any neighborhood mosque, you'll find a worshipful tranquility. A game changer for Egypt, it tamed the Nile providing electricity and controlling the flow of the once-erratic river. The key to this kind of sightseeing? Rick: Bailhana'… Determined to assert her authority, her propaganda even showed her dressed as a male ruler. RICK STEVES EGYPT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY While pharaohs hid their tombs deep in the mountains, they built their memorial temples in public splendor — in the open for all to see, so they'd be remembered and worshipped through the ages. The ancient process of mummification ensured that the body was there for the soul to inhabit in the afterlife. RICK STEVES EGYPT: YESTERDAY & TODAY sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. An ancient garrison town famed for its granite quarries, today it's embraced tourism, taking full advantage of its attractive riverfront. It's famed for its tombs and temples, which were mostly built between 1500 and 1000 BC. The tomb of Ramses IV was typical. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves explores the wonders of Egypt: cruising on the Nile; the cultural treasures of Cairo, Luxor, and Abu Simbel; and the back lanes of Alexandria. This "seated scribe" recalls the importance of the educated elite in the court of an often-illiterate king. Placed over the head of his mummy, it was 24 pounds of gold, with a cobra and a vulture to symbolize the united kingdom of Upper and Lower Egypt, which Tut proudly ruled. Rick: Stuffed vine leaves… And grand European-style boulevards graced the city. Rick: OK. And then…? With ranks of imposing statues of the queen, it's easy to imagine public adulation for centuries after her death. In this hour-long special, Rick Steves explores the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Today it's a stop for every tour group and the merchants are standing by…. The Coptic quarter comes with high security. A few still mark their original Egyptian temples, but more decorate the great squares of Europe — taken there through the ages by European conquerors. Not as big as Cairo, it faces the Mediterranean, has milder weather, and feels a bit more European. Rather than the same, predictable idealized features, Akhenaten had his own voluptuous looks — from a strangely curvaceous body to big sensuous lips. Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum. The challenges of being a woman politician are nothing new. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Fishermen, as they have since ancient times, harvest the sea to help feed the city while taking advantage of this safe haven. Download image, A Cairo artisan giving Rick a hands-on lesson in tombstone engraving. While around 60 tombs have been excavated in the Valley of the Kings, far more have yet to be discovered. Rick: So fried eggplant and tahini, you find this in many countries in the Mediterranean. Tarek: It's made of eggplant, many herbs and dill. (1/60) (TV-PG, Stereo, CC). In its day, around 1500 BC, Queen Hatshepsut's monument would have been glorious, surrounded by gardens and approached by a grand, sphinx-lined lane. The Nile still flows as it did for the pharaohs — the lifeblood of civilization then, as today. Jump to bottom. Marwa: Papyrus is made out of the stem of the plant papyrus. The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Dating from around 2600 BC, it's a century older than its more famous sisters at Giza. It was built with Soviet technology and money back in the Cold War. While most sightseers cross the river on a fleet of touristy shuttles, we're riding on the public ferry with the locals. So it was always about protection. Rick: We dip our bread in this? And today, Cairo's known as the city of a thousand minarets. Rick: Zainab's fingers? The cityscape includes a gritty, yet somehow beautiful commotion of towering and densely inhabited apartment flats that face the sea, glowing with every sunset. Rick: Heba, this is so beautiful. Luxor's a busy port for river-cruise boats. Heba: Sure. Luxor's charming riverfront promenade welcomes strollers enjoying the cool of the early evening. With the smells, the colors, the faces, and the rich heritage, just lingering here is sensual — a Luxor highlight. Watch "Rick Steves Egypt" — premiering fall 2020 across the US on public television, or streaming (free!) Rick: Mmm! Back when Luxor was Egypt's capital, this sprawling complex of temples was dedicated to the grandiose holy family, a trinity of gods: Amon, Mut, and Khonsu. This multi-level temple is fit for a god and surely must have inspired great awe and respect. Here, the pharaoh leads his army into battle, riding his chariot — thoroughly destroying his enemies. This ancient art is so well-preserved because most of it was hidden away for 4,000 years, dark and dry, in tombs. Venturing there to learn and scout for a TV show won’t really help my business directly. After a timeless felucca cruise on the Nile, we finish at the temple ruins of Abu Simbel. In Alexandria, we wander back lanes and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In his new hour-long special debuting this October, Rick Steves explores the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Watch "Rick Steves Egypt" — premiering fall 2020 across the US on public television, or streaming (free!) Hi, I'm Rick Steves, sailing beyond Europe this time. And on the Nile, after sailing on a timeless felucca, we upgrade to a riverboat and kick back while enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. The son of Akhenaten was Tutankhamun, perhaps the most famous pharaoh. Heba: Bon appétit, yeah. Heba: We cook it differently. Amon-Ra was the god of Luxor, the god of empire, and Egypt's god of gods. Tarek grew up as a member here, he met his wife here, and today their children enjoy this privileged environment almost daily. Another long passage leads deep into a chamber, where you find more well-preserved paintings surrounding an empty stone sarcophagus. Bon appétit. Rick: You can choose, Egyptian or English? What are these? Watch the full episode of “Rick Steves Egypt” — airing across the US on public television, or streaming (free!) This sprawling temple complex was built over many centuries during the New Kingdom period, when most of the great pharaohs ruled. Everywhere you look, something you've never seen before is happening. We weren't there to get a "pulse of modern Egypt" or anything like that. And we'll start with dessert. Here, two lonely statues herald a long-gone temple. Fleets of these provide multiday Nile cruises which have become a standard part of an Egyptian tour. But we're heading north, down the Nile to Egypt's second city, which lies on the Mediterranean coast. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. Rick Steves' Europe is public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series. After Cairo and the pyramids at Giza, we tour Alexandria and Luxor. Hatshepsut claimed to be the daughter of a god, but to prove her strength she had to declare herself "king." From sprawling Cairo we travel up the Nile to Luxor and then into the ancient Valley of the Kings. Rick: I just go…? In the relative cool of the evening, the prosperous streets of downtown are filled with window shoppers and thriving eateries — clearly a world for Egypt's more privileged class. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Cairo, Egypt, and find out what to do on your next trip. Rick Steves sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. It's an easy half-day side trip over one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The ancient Egyptians used to mummify their bodies and also mummified their organs. Watch, Read, Listen; Travel Forum; Shop Online; Rick Steves' Europe. Today, a 500-year-old fortress marks the spot. What country wouldn't want to claim this as their national cuisine? This was the best they could do three thousand years ago: The columns were fat and close together, making the gap easier to span. Rick: That's very difficult. I'm Rick Steves. To visit that temple, tourists catch a short flight from Aswan. The riverbank is lined with characteristic boats ready to ferry sightseers to a world of ancient sights. Can you give me please a tour of this beautiful Egyptian meal? Must be from the time of Akhenaten. Cairo sprawls. Heba: Bailhana' walshifa'. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. Nelly: Tahini, yes… Terms of Service | Privacy. The classic street food here is koshary: lentil, rice, pasta, garlic, and tomato sauce, all mixed together into a quick and cheap treat. But, tonight, it's definitely Egyptian. Heba: Actually, if they're in an international school, yeah. Mmm! Whether you buy anything or not, you can enjoy their entertaining show afternoons on both the port and starboard sides. I sleep at in an international-class hotel. Caked in this generation's grime as the city's population has exploded, it's become a thoroughly Egyptian metropolis of over 5 million. Rick: Bailhana'…? Heba: Yes… The Nile is still the lifeblood of the city, sprawling endlessly on both sides. Home / Blog; Egypt. In Luxor, we … Today, Alexandria's century-old European grandness is fading. The major difference? 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