Friday, December 3, 2010

PAVEMENTS IN LUXOR EGYPT

 I HAD TO GO TO THE BANK,  TO BE PRECISE THE ATM IN BANK DE CAIRO.
AND THE REASON  WHY I MADE THIS POST.
MY BACK WAS PLAYING UP AGAIN BUT NEEDS MUST AS I CANNOT GET CREDIT IN MY LOCAL SHOP.  NOT THAT  I WOULD HAVE  CREDIT EVEN IF I COULD.
SO OFF I WENT  ITS ONLY HALF A KILOMETRE  SO A NICE SLOW WALK,  THE ONLY THING I CARRIED WAS MY WALLET AND SOME LOOSE CHANGE ,   THE WALK WAS A NIGHTMARE  WHEN I GOT BACK I HAD TO TAKE MY TABLETS  FOR THE PAIN. MOST OF THIS WALK ONE CANNOT WALK ON THE ROAD AND HAS TO USE THE PAVEMENTS  MY NEXT WALK TO THE BANK I WILL TAKE THE CAMERA,. THESE  PHOTOS ARE ALL DUG OUT OF THE ARCHIVES.  
THE GOVERNOR OF LUXOR SAYS LUXOR IS THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF THE WORLD.
THE REASON WE HAVE NARROW PAVEMENTS ,
THEY ARE AREAS WHERE THE TOUT CAN STAND TO GIVE YOU A LISTING OF WHAT IS ON OFFER, HERE HE HAS THE UPPER HAND  YOU EITHER STOP TO LISTEN TO HIS GARBAGE OR YOU GET OFF THE PAVEMENT INTO THE TRAFFIC. OR AS MOST WILL DO IS PUSH PAST HIM, THEN OUT COMES THE VERBAL F-KIN TOURIST WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM  IN SOME CASES THEY WILL RESORT TO VIOLENCE.
THE TOURIST TRAP
3 SHOTS FROM  LAST MONTHS POST
THIS IS AN AREA  WHERE ANY TOURIST BRAVE ENOUGH TO PUT UP WITH THE HASSLE  HAS TO WALK TO GET TO THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE LUXOR TEMPLE,
HERE THE PAVEMENT NARROWS AND THE POWERS THAT BE HAVE STUCK A POLE IN THE CENTRE OF THE NARROWEST AREA  MAYBE ITS TO STOP THE TOURISTS FROM SPEEDING  THE CURB  TO GET ON THE ROAD IS SOME 18" HIGH AND PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS HEIGHT OF STEP UNLESS WE CARRY A LADDER WITH US,  OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS I HAVE OBSERVED THIS ONE PARTICULAR DRIVER  WHO USES THIS AREA  WHERE THE TOURIST HAS TO STOP  TO DECIDE ! DO I GO AROUND THE POLE  OR GET DOWN ON THE ROAD , BUT ME  I DECIDE TO TELL THE GUY TO MOVE SO I CAN GET THROUGH, PROBLEM WAS I  AS HE KNEW HAD BEEN IN THE HAMEES  GARDEN DRINKING A COUPLE OF BEERS ( ITS MY BIRTHDAY SO WHY NOT)
BUT IF I MADE ANY TROUBLE FOR HIM HE WOULD CALL THE POLICE  AND SAY I WAS DRUNK, AND ONES BIRTHDAY IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO SPEND IN A POLICE STATION,
SO I JUST  BARGED PAST HIM ,

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EXCUSE ME HE SAID I NEED TO KNOW . I TURNED AROUND AND TOOK ANOTHER PHOTO
THEN WE HAVE THE BEGGARS WHO COMMAND THE PAVEMENTS
STICK READY FOR ANY AGGRESSION.
THIS POOR GUY SITS OUTSIDE THE MOSQUE AND BEATS THE DRUM ALL DAY THATS WHEN HE IS NOT SLEEPING.
DOES NOT MOVE ABOUT TOO MUCH   JUST PUTS HIS LEGS OVER THE CURB TO URINATE,
NOTICE THE WET PATCH IN THE ROAD


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THE PAVEMENTS ALSO ARE A GOOD FLAT PLACE TO PUT THE  BOXES. MOST OF THESE HAVE SOME REAL NICE PAINTINGS ON AND THE TOURIST THINK THEY ARE PHARAOH COFFINS .
THEN THERE IS ALL THE STREET WORK WHERE THE PAVEMENTS HAVE BEEN DUG UP TO CROSS THE RAIL LINES
BREAD AND BREAKFAST FOOD BARS ALSO HAVE PRIDE AND PLACE ON PAVEMENTS
SHOULD HAVE  UN IN THE FIRST  WORD
THE OTHER UNFAIR TRADE SHOP ON THE MAIN ROAD

NOT SURE BUT I THINK THERE IS RESTAURANT NEAR HERE OWNED BY AN EGYPTIAN CALLED,  EDRIS GROUP,
ONCE IN THE RESTAURANT ON THE NILE BANK YOU CAN FILL YOUR LUNGS WITH THE FUMES FROM THE CRUISE SHIPS OR TAKE PHOTOS OF THE BOATS AS THE VIEWS OF THE NILE  WILL BE  HAZY ,,, WHAT VIEWS OF THE NILE,,,
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THEY ALSO HAVE BBQ'S ON THE PAVEMENT TO ADD TO THE HAZE.
 
EVEN IN THE BACK STREETS  THE CURB STONES ARE USED TO SAVE THE BAGS GETTING WET,

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THE POLICE AND SECRET POLICE STAND GUARD OVER THE PAVING CURBS
 WE CAN SMOKE WATER PIPES ON THE PAVEMENT.
NEED TO BE AN ACROBAT TO WALK ON THIS CURB. 
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 THE PAVEMENT IS ALSO A PLACE WHERE THE SKINS OF SKINNED SHEEP REST  FOR A DAY . BEFORE BEING PICKED UP. 



  like this pretty girl. no one has told her pavements IN LUXOR are not for pedestrians,

 then she pewked  on the pavement,

PS,  I HAD JUST GONE TO BED AS I WAS FEELING TIRED FROM THE EVENING WALK TO THE BANK , WHEN I HAD A KNOCK ON MY DOOR.  LEFT THE HALL LIGHT ON  MR TONY.
GOOD GOD I SAID, CRIME OF ALL CRIMES.   ALREADY MR SCROOGE MY LANDLORD.
HAS TAKEN A BULB OUT COS I LEFT THE LIGHT ON BEFORE. NOW THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL LIGHT. ITS THE NEAREST ONE CAN GET TO A DARK BULB  I.E.  8 WATT PYGMY LIGHT.   THE SWITCH IS NOT IN THE NORMAL PLACE I.E. NEXT TO THE DOOR OPENING,
ITS BEHIND A WALL UNIT SO ONE TENDS TO FORGET  HE HAS LEFT THE LIGHT ON. AND ALL THIS IS BECAUSE MY ELECTRIC BILL OF 20 EGP PER MONTH IS IN THE RENT,  AH WELL.
AND WHILE I AM UP  I WILL SHOW YOU SOME MORE PICS FROM THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF THE WORLDS PAVEMENTS.

SANTA IS IN TOWN  HE GETS PRIDE AND PLACE ON THE PAVEMENT

THE FURNITURE GETS PAINTED ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE MY FLAT.
هدى خليل تتبنى مطالب واحتياجات أهالى الجواهرة Hoda Khalil embrace the demands and needs of the people Jawahrp SHE ALSO HAS A POSTER THAT TAKES UP THE PAVEMENT
MUST BE A ZEBRA IN THE BUSHES

NOT SO FUNNY  THIS IS A JUNIOR SCHOOL GATE ALL THE KIDS COME OUT DIRECT ON TO THE MAIN ROAD CROSS 2 LANES OF TRAFFIC STEP ON TO THE MIDDLE RESERVATION BEFORE TAKING THE ZEBRA CROSSING DIRECT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC FROM A SIDE ROAD,

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TODAYS WORD IS ,  PAVEMENT,= A hard smooth surface, especially of a public area or thoroughfare, that will bear travel..

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