I'm back from my trip!
Egypt was amazing! I loved the temples at Abu Simbel and Edfu. And going inside several of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. And seeing the pyramids for myself. I ate yummy koshari, kebab and kofta (some delicious Egyptian food). I even got to take a hot air balloon ride over Luxor and Karnak. It was a great trip, and I took a ton of pictures ... I just haven't had time to go through them all yet. (I spent the weekend unpacking and sleeping instead.) But I promise to post some of my favorites when I'm not feeling quite so jet-lagged.
I saw about 21 different kinds of birds in Egypt, 16 of which I could identify, and 12 that were new birds I could add to my birding list. We had one afternoon when our boat was cruising down the Nile from Edfu to Luxor and I spent most of that time spotting birds along the way (when I wasn't reading Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile). But the very first bird that I saw in Egypt was actually in Cairo in the courtyard of our hotel. A hoopoe:
Isn't it cute? My other favorite bird of the trip, besides all the carrion crows we saw everywhere and the brown raven I spotted at Kom Ombo, was the pied kingfisher. I saw several of these fast-flying birds darting past our boat in search of food:
(I actually didn't take these photos, but I did see these birds!)
Book read before my trip:
This latest Lady Darby mystery takes Kiera and her husband to Langstone Manor, the home of Viscount Tavisock, Sebastian Gage's maternal grandfather. Family secrets vie with local superstitions as the two search the moors for Gage's missing cousins. I really love this series, and these two characters. And A Brush With Shadows is no exception.
Anna Lee Huber has done it again!
I didn't have time to post about this one before my trip either, but it was Kathy's recommendation that made me want to read this (interesting, if slightly outdated) May Sarton novel in the first place; so if you want to know more about The Small Room, be sure to check out her excellent review.