May 6th 19.55 Arrival Cairo International Airport by flight No TW900 in New York. Meeting, assistance through customs formalities and transfer from Airport to the Nile Hilton Hotel.
May 7th 8.30 Breakfast at your hotel. 9.00 Visit to the Egyptian Museum on foot, then by motorcoach to visit Mohamed Aly Mosque, Al Ashar University, and end up at Ahan El Khalili Bassar. Return to your hotel. 13.00 Lunch at your hotel, Afternoon Free.
21.30 Leave hotel by motorcoach for dinner party with wines aboard OMAR KHAYYAM BOAT at Zamalek, Including a belly dance show, Return to your hotel by motorcar after the show at about midnight.
May 8th 10.00 Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for morning drive along the Nile Corniche and through the Garden City to Roda Island to visit Manial Palace. Continue by motorcoach to the Old Cairo to visit Abu Serge Church, Coptic Museum, Synagogue and view the traditional place where Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses among the bulruches. 13.00 Lunch at Mena House Oberoi Hotel, which is close to the Pyramids of Gisa. 14.30 Sightseeing tour to the Pyramids and Sphinx where a camel back ride will be provided. 16.30 Depart the Pyramids area to your hotel. 19.00 Early dinner at your hotel.
20.00 Leave your hotel by motorcoach to attend the Sound and Light performance which starts at 20.45 Hrs. and lasts 50 minutes.
May 9th Breakfast at your hotel. Morning at your leisure. 11.45 Early lunch at your hotel.
12.45 Transfer from hotel by motorcoach to Cairo Airport for departure to Luxor 14.00 Departure by flight No. MU 325. 15.00 Arrival Luxor. Meeting and transfer from Airport for departure to the NEW WINTER PALACE HOTEL 16.00 Walking tour to visit Luxor Temples
20.00 Dinner at your hotel.
May 10th 7.00 Breakfast at your hotel. 7.30 Full day sightseeing tour to Thebes. Valley of the Kings. 13.00 Lunch Basket at the Rest-House at Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile River. 14.30 Visits to the Valley of the Queens. Return to your hotel. 20.00 Dinner at your hotel.
May 11th 8.00 Breakfast at your hotel. 9.00 Visit to the Karnak Temples by horse-drawn carriage. Return to your hotel. 13.00 Lunch at your hotel. Afternoon at Leisure. 16.15 Transfer from hotel by motorcoach to Luxor Airport for departure to Cairo. 17.35 Departure Luxor by flight No. NU 326. 18.35 Arrival Cairo. Meeting and transfer from Airport by motorcoach to the Nile Hilton. 20.00 Dinner at your hotel.
May 12th 6.00 Luggage to be ready in front of your door – room for collection. 6.15 Breakfast at your hotel. 7.00 Transfer from your hotel to Cairo International; Airport. Assistance through customs formalities 9.00 Departure Cairo by flight No. MB700 to Beirut.
E N D O F O U R S E R V I C E S B O N V O Y A G E
Sunday May 26, 1974
We are in flight on the way home, having arisen at 4 AM this morning Israeli time which was 10 PM the night before in Philadelphia. We’ll be lucky to be in bed by 10 PM tonight after having been awake for 24 hours. The plane stopped in Athens and Rome but, for security purposes, they wouldn’t let us off of it. On the flight over, we landed at Lisbon and Rome where they wouldn’t let us deplane, and then we changed planes in Madrid where Kay bought a ring. Colonel Sanders was on our flight and I exchanged a few sentences with him.
When we landed in Cairo one of Kay’s suitcases was missing, having been sent to London instead, and took a couple days to catch up with us. The nearest I can describe the scenery in Egypt is to say it looks like biblical pictures with exotic sights of camels, donkeys, and people with long blowing robes and head-dresses. The faithful are called to pray five times a day from amplifiers in the mosques. The Muslims have to wash themselves thoroughly before each time they pray. The floors of the mosques are covered with Persian rugs and we had to remove our shoes or wear shoe coverings before entering them. Many of the women are veiled, some covering their complete face.
We took a long camel ride to the Sphinx and Pyramids which compose one of the grandest nights in the world. You have to lean backwards when the camel rises on his front legs, and then forward when raises his back legs. After he is erect, the ride is very smooth. We walked through a narrow passage in a stooped position for hundreds of feet to reach the burial chamber in the Pyramid which is almost as tall as the Washington Monument which the Sphinx is about 250 feet long.
We took a plane to Luxor, some 300 miles down the Nile, to see the tombs of Tutankhamen, and others with colossal statues. We walked through the town at night with scenes like out of the Arabian Nights. Bought a scarab stone to glue into Sisters’ ring. The temperature in the day time reached 110 degrees and flight leaving there was delayed two days because of sandstorms. The Egyptian people are the most friendly I have encountered anywhere in the world. They follow you around trying to sell you their articles and you have to bargain with them. We took a sailboat trip on the Nile and saw farming with water buffalo as it went on 5,000 years ago ibis flying overhead.
Most of the members of the tour had enteritis at some time and I got mine by the time we reached Lebanon (ancient Phoenicia or Canaan.) I think this was one trip I lost weight on in spite of many tremendous meals and still haven’t gotten back to eating meat and vegetables or drinking coffee. We also went to Damascus in Syria. Our itineraries crisscrossed with those of Mr. and Mrs. Hisainger many times in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Israel, although we never saw them but only their plane. It was indeed interesting traveling thru a part of the world at the time the world’s attention was focused on it. We saw Mt. Hermon and the Golan Heights, tank emplacements, the sounds and sights of Syrian and Israeli military planes, and many soldiers with their rifles. We were within about 15 miles of Ma’alot where the children were massacred. Often our bus would pick up two or three armed soldiers to carry them from one place to another where they were continuously on guard for Palestinian Arab infiltrators.
We spent about two weeks touring Israel which is a rocky terraced land. Baptized myself in the River Jordan, tasted the water of the Dead Sea which is 9 times saltier than the ocean, and swam in the Sea of Galilee (actually a lake). I was the only one of the group to take a donkey ride through the narrow winding market street of Nazareth. Learned a great deal about the Old and New Testaments. At every spot something happened in the Old Testament there was a temple, synagogue, mosque or tomb and at every spot something happened to Jesus there was a church. Also there were archeological excavations and ruins of castles built by the Crusaders. There were both Catholic and Protestant sites claimed to be where Jesus was crucified and also two places where he was buried. We walked the Vin Dolar seeing the twelve Stations of the Cross and our hotel was on top of the Mt. of Olives down which Jesus rode (commemorated by Palm Sunday) to the Garden of Gethsemane at its foot. Most of the most important events in his life took place in Jerusalem although we also visited Bethlehem about 10 miles away. Saw the Dead Sea Scrolls and the cave in which they were found and in the area where Bishop Pike died. It is believed by some scholars that when Jesus was a youth he studied under the Essenes who lived in that area and learned much of his mysticism and spirituality from them.
Saw the Jesus at prayer at their Wailing Wall on their Sabbath which begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. During that time we, like they, had to eat in either the dairy or the meat section of the dining room and not mix the two hands of food.
We were glad to receive all three of Sister’s letters and pleased to hear they are enjoying the air conditioner. We will use ours a great deal, only turning it off in the evenings when the air gets cooler out-of-doors than in the house at which time we will draw in fresh air with our powerful attic fan, and turning it off when we go to bed. We will leave it on when we go to bed. We will leave it on when we go out in the evenings so that the house will be cool upon our return.
Hope to mail this letter using an uncancelled stamp from one of the letter sent by Sister. We’ll be looking forward to seeing her in two months.
Love to all,
Brother and Uncle
Glad to hear of Sister’s cost-of-living raise. If inflation continues at its present rate, we may all end up having to live on her restaurant income!
Write to me,
Send your address to me,
Send a picture of you to me,
Please, be hurry, very hurry as I am very anxious, as I am very longing to see your picture, to enjoy my heart with your picture, your kind and charmful face,
I cannot know how to end my letter, but again with my kiss, my praying I hope that you are in good health and so many times, and so many years.
Your lovely friend,
Your truly friend,
Luxor, Station Street near post office, newspaper shop owner
To my lovely life,
To my American Lady, whom, unfortunately, I had lost her address and her name, but I shall never forget her voice and her face, her beautiful spirit is in my heart, and she will be there forever, I write this letter, blaming myself forever for I had lost the address. I cannot express the deep sadness and sorrow which I felt for that.
To my angel, my heart, I am now writing these words hoping that it may lead to your heart.
As you see I heard from Luxor. Needless to say I was nearly stunned! The enclosed from Sayed was in with the letter to me from Baki. I happened you read this one to you first! I about flipped. Then I read the other and it was OK. He was glad to meet us. He asked me if I could get him a little cassette recorder. Then on the bottom he asked if I’d forward the other letter to you. They must not have understood you were married!
Written in hieroglyphics and translated into English
To you Catherine,
As soon as the sky will exist, you shall be in my heart
May you live eternally
O, the godsend beauty upon Earth
Written on the back of the same piece of paper
This is my first sentence to my only Queen; I shall send many, many sentences of our glorious language to you.
Please don’t forget material for I want to make a blanket of winter
My dear Queen, Mrs. Catherine Nash,
With greatest happiness, I have received your kind and noble letter.
Indeed, although I have sent my first letter to you I was not hoping that the heaven would bless me by your precious letter. My Queen who had captured me and made me as a slave of her deep friendship. How can I express my true respect for you…..? In the name of nothing, but in your name I write my second letter to you my noble lady, hoping that you and the family in good health forever.
Dear Mrs. Catherine,
Since you left Egypt, I have been very busy in studying archeology department of Egyptology, it give me honor and pleasure to tell you that the studying is very difficult but indeed very interesting. We are in our institute studying (during the summer holidays) the ancient Egyptian languages, and old Egyptian culture and history, and the art and the cause of building temples. So my dear I am in bad need of some book, which are not in Egypt, you can easily find them in your country, please send me any guide book of Egypt in English language and French also, I beg you my dear and I am sure that you will send to me also any book in English language and French (any book speaking about Egypt, its ancient language, history, antiquities, architecture and so on) please send them to me very, very quickly, and I shall be forever your slave of your kindness.
Finally, do not blame me because I am so talkative, with my great respect and love and hope that you will remember me to your great husband. (I forgive me to ask you also to send me some meters of this that kind of material a modified polyester textured fabrics if you find it.)
Many thanks, with my great love, yours truly forever,
Sayed Aldel Wahal Mahmoud
Luxor, Station Street near post office, newspaper shop owner
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