A few hours walk around luxor once I leave the tourist part of luxor I am back in the real Egypt unmade streets in the natural environment of Luxor, where every day is market day
This is the area to buy if one needs goods at Egyptian prices watch the person in front see how much they are charged then buy,
Spices in the local market street are fresh because its sold all the time in the tourist market some spices can be ten years old standing out in the sun all day.
some one must have guests coming for dinner..
one of the side streets leading to the new avenue of the sphinx
This girl wanted to go see her little brother in school, this guard hit her on the arm with his truncheon then closed the gate refusing her entry. such vicious bastards these guys are given a bit of authority and a uniform.
its not the first time I have seen this kind of behaviour from guards.
This street is twenty ft from the avenue,
looking towards luxor temple already the gardens are being planted.
the mud brick wall and the heritage centre soon to be demolished unless Samir Faraq has had a change of mind now the new building is finished in Awameia.
The avenue is almost all dug up ready for the finish to building the path and sphinxes
the last building has now been demolished, A mosque was the last building,
Just around the corner the infamous yellow line painter has been at work again this time painting the bougainvillea plant.
even the donkey likes following the yellow lines
or is he getting free paint for his tyres.
and here it is a brand new contraption to paint yellow lines. the driver and crew are having a sleep in the park that has no entry into it other than climbing over the fence, it even has a guard keeping watch while his co shirkers have forty winks, the guard has to walk in front of the paint machine to move any cars or larger obstructions in its path
A rather well rigged out horse and trailer
I am now on the promenade area near the much visited museum this is the are that's is being lowered 3 meters. down to the Nile Waters level from Luxor to Karnak Temples 3 kilometers in length,
One wonders what will happen when they dig down 3 meters, will they make ladders so the tourist can go in the museum.
this is the foot bridge they have made so hundreds of visitors can visit the museum.
No one takes any pride in their work this is a photo of some brickwork 200 yards from the museum'
in 12 courses of brickwork they have managed a course of pig. IE 2 course one side and one the other,
never mind this is Egypt and the guys who make it all look good in the end are the painters, good old painters,
the skink loves a rough wall its easier to climb looking for bugs.
like this Little white egret she was after a dragonfly
this one is hoping for a fish
this one is camera shy and did not want its face on the web.
this one is showing me what the oil pollution in the Nile is doing to its leg joints.
for the abruchi wasp spider life goes on catching a few of the flies that come to eat leftovers
the fantail cisticola is busy making its nest
and this tiny abruchi has made such a lovely big web
then one always gets one guy out to spoil the day, now who wants a sail boat when there is no wind, or with a guy looking for customers in his underwear, no thank you not today. not ever,
the Kopak tree was looking like it had been painted with yellow streaks. but on closer inspection it is natural.
and 2 men with a job for life painting the curbs in luxor with a 6" roller. unless the fumes from the paint kill them
the rails outside the rowing club after two months needed a new coat of paint,
umm, did I say the rails
and to cap the day off I went up on the roof my favourite restaurant in Luxor not just for the view but the food is rather good and one must think about his health, what do they say;- an army marches on its belly.