ISSUE 22, July 2007
Editorial
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master : Address of the Pro Grand Master : Report of the Board of General Purposes
Historic: Architect to a King
Young Masons: Value of a warm welcome
Faith and Freemasonry: The twin supports
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
The Grand Secretary: Notes
   Travel: In the footsteps of the pharaohs
Inventor: Voice of the people
Human Rights Court Judgement: Landmark victory for Masons
International Conference: Masonic history unveiled
The Grand Chancellor: Special overseas role
Specialist Lodge: Prior Rahere and his legacy
Public Service: Serving the famous
Education: Events : Importance of the cable tow
Lbrary & Museum: Fraternal art
Masonic Charities: RMTGB : Grand Charity : RMBI : NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Although the majority of the visits are either to tombs or temples, one of the highlights for me was sailing in a felucca, the local traditional sailing boat. We took one on a visit to Kitchener Island, just across the water from Aswan. Here, at the beginning of the 20th century, Lord Kitchener created a 17-acre botanical garden, importing trees and flowers from around the world, which is now open to the public.
    Our trip included a visit to an alabaster factory where we were given a brief demonstration on how the pieces are made.
    We were then shown the difference between a hand and machine-made article, and advised to be aware of false copies.
    Subsequent to this, however, we saw items in the market that looked similar to those that we were told had been handmade, but at a much cheaper price!
    Aswan also appears to be a perfumery centre. Here, we visited an outlet that specialises in essential oils, and were given an explanation on the merits of each fragrance. This included several aromatherapy and healing oils, as well as some which form the basis of named perfumes.
    All the excursions are included, but the really “must see” one is not. This is a trip to Abu Simbel, the country’s most impressive temple. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is situated in the Sahara desert near the border with Sudan.
    Classic Traveller promotes flying there from Aswan at an additional cost of £140.


Natasha Blair

Magnificent statues at Luxor temple

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