We made two boat tours in Aswan, one in a felucca, the other in a
motor boat. The felucca took us to Kitchener's Island, where there is a
beautiful botanical garden,
installed there in 1928 by Lord Kitchener, consul general and commander
of the Egyptian army.
The botanical garden reminds us of Florida
Bougainvilleas in the botanical garden
A singing boat-boy
Leaving the island, one is sure to be accosted by a small boat barely
big enough to hold a young boy, who will sing a melody from your home
country. We were regaled with "Gentille al-lou-et-te", sung with much
Another day, we took a tour in a motor boat which took us to the Elephantine Island,
where we made a fascinating walk and visited the Nubian village which
has been settled there. We then navigated among the numerous small
islands in the region, before stopping at a beach and taking a plunge
in the mythical river!
Exactly in the middle of the picture, one can see the beach on the
left (west) bank of the Nile where we took a dip. The
beach here is even wider than those in Florida, since it's the
beginning of the desert!
We also stopped on a small island to look at some ostriches!