St. Simon and a Nubian Village

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The St. Simon Monastery in southern Egypt, initially built in the 6th century and expanded later, was the first Christian presence in Egypt.  The most interesting part of visiting the Monastery was the quarter-mile camel ride it took to get there. 

Black African Nubians lived along the southern Nile for centuries.  After the Aswan dam was built, much of their land was flooded, so the Egyptian government relocated them in a newly-built village and adjacent farms.  We visited one family.  The deeply religious family made a Hajj and displayed the fact in pictures on their home.

 

St. Simon is built like a fortress on a hill.

 

Carlene enjoying her ride.

Leon looks like he's going the wrong way.  He's totally lost without his GPS.

Wife of Nubian farmer in her colorful but modest dress.

Nubian farmer with a baby pet alligator that he will return to the Nile.

Water is kept cool in a porous clay jug.  A small amount of water seeps through the jug and evaporates on the surface, thus cooling the jug and its contents.