A cruise down the Nile with belly dancer, music and African Witch Doctor.
This was a special outing to Cairo based around a cruise on the River Nile. We were taken by bus to the north of Cairo, some 12 miles approximately to a part of the river where the northward flow split into two. The branch to the right is known as the Damietta branch and that to the left is where we were dropped off, next to the Nile Barrage known as the Rosetta Barrage. There was another barrage constructed nearby known as the Damietta Barrage. Construction of the barrages were begun in 1833 by Mohamed Ali and finally completed in 1862. The portion of land between the two barrages was allotted to a parkland of grass and trees as can be seen in the picture above. I sent this photo home to my future wife, Sheila and she, obviously inspired by the new regime of do-it-yourself, hand painted the photo in colour tinted fashion !! The above picture was taken beside a small canal that had been constructed to run through the park parallel to the River Nile.
THINGS SEEN IN EGYPT BY A LADY NAMED E.L.BUTCHER
I trolled the following article about the Barrage from where we took our Nile Cruise departure. The book was published in 1908, over 100 years ago and includes a description of the construction of the lovely gardens established there....This was the first great barrage on the Nile and is easily made in a day`s excursion (in 1908) from Cairo to the junction of the two great branches which are all that remain of the ancient seven streams of the Nile.To get a close overhead pictureof the Barrage and gardens on Google Earth, enter the following co-ordinates in the Google Earth Searchbox
30 11` 15.28"N, 31 07` 03.38"E