Words & Photography by Richard James Taylor
There are certain destinations where just the name itself conjures thoughts of adventure and excitement. Lhasa, Tibet; Petra, Jordan; Bagan, Myanmar – there’s something mystical about these places that instantly transports me back to my youth and fantasies of Indiana Jones-style adventure. Egypt is another destination that gets my heart racing, and I was excited when Virtuoso Life sent me on assignment to follow the Nile River from Cairo to the town of Abu Simbel, visiting ancient pyramids and famous temples along the way.
I was predictably awestruck by the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and the majestic temples of Luxor – not to mention the experience of being on the Nile itself. The slow pace of travel, watching life unfold along the riverbanks, and the glorious orange sunsets were as much a part of the Egyptian experience as the ancient architecture was.
In Aswan, I spent some time on a felucca, a simple traditional wooden sailing boat perfectly suited to the cool breezes of the Nile. The captain, a Nubian named Adnan, had sailed this stretch of the river for over 40 years. He was fascinating, and we talked for hours about Nubian culture and history, his family, and his long life on the river. He even let me take control of the felucca on a quieter stretch of the river. When I think back on the trip, it’s this time on the Nile in Aswan that instantly comes to mind. The next time I’m back that way, I’ll without a doubt be looking up Adnan for another adventure.
Here, a few of my favorite photos from the trip: