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[Music]
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I'm traveling back in time to explore
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some of the most spectacular ancient
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Egyptian tombs and temples along the
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banks of the River Nile and I'm starting
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my journey old style in this beautiful
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traditional Fuca
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sailboat the next part of my journey
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however involves a big change of tempo
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these fantastic old Pistons have been
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powering this boat down the Nile for a
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century and look at this
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paddle my journey down the Nile starts
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from oswan in the far south of
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Egypt from Aswan I Sail by Fuca for 2
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days Down River via Egypt's best camel
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Market at darra as far as comomo home to
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a fabulous Ancient
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Temple from there my journey continues
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used by Paddle Wheel Steamboat all the
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way to Egypt's ancient capital of Luxor
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where I visit toon Common's
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tomb finally to end my great Nile
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Adventure I head out of Luxor on a
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historic ottoman era dahaba part
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sailboat part
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rowboat there's no wind to sail this
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T so we're rowing and I got to tell you
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it's tough come on guys let's dig in
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[Music]
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alaykum
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alayum I was interested in going down
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river to Cambo okay is that something
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you can do okay we're can do it yeah
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you're free tomorrow yeah
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the beautiful city of oswan has long
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been a popular starting point for boat
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trips down the Nile sadly in recent
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years a lot fewer tourists have been
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coming to Egypt due to security concerns
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and many of those who do come travel
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down river on big modern cruise
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boats for perhaps a more authentic
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experience however it's better to sail
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on a traditional
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Fuca how long does it take to get to
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cumbo it take uh two day one night how
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cold does it get at night We need oh we
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have a blanket in the fler okay do you
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have sheets no all right I'll pick up
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some sheets then when do you want to
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leave in the morning we should leave in
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uh sunrise at Sunrise yeah okay early so
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you Sunrise then Sunrise okay thank you
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by by Bye by
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I head into the local bizaar to shop for
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tomorrow's Fuca trip but on second
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thought rather than getting some regular
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sheets I'm going to get myself a
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traditional Egyptian cotton galaba to
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sleep
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in these kinds of gabas are actually for
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men this is huge that's okay as long as
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I can find a small enough one this is
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beautiful how much this 125 Egyptian
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bounds okay so that's what 78 US dollar
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yes excellent I'll take
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[Music]
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[Music]
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it morning morning lovely morning it is
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nice to see you again nice to see you
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okay is she ready to go yes yeah yeah
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[Music]
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all
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right we're
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off all right we're
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sailing
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ready working yes nice
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[Music]
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one from Aswan and our journey North
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will take us less than 30 Mi down river
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to the temple at komomo but despite the
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short distance sailing there generally
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takes at least a day and a half since
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the prevailing wind is almost always
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blowing in the opposite
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direction why are we zigzagging bam yeah
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we're going to do it the zigzag always
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because the wind is going to come here
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and then the current is going to be
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South to the north Okay so so we have
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the current with us but the wind against
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us yes and that's why we have to zigzag
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yeah you have to always zigzag all right
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all the way yeah all the way it's always
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been done this way yeah depends on the
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Wind also the wind is sometimes is going
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to become
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different it takes a while getting used
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to making such slow progress but once
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I've learned to just sit back and go
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with the flow it's really relax
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taxing a few hours later we're deep in
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the countryside with the city far behind
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us you really get a sense here of the
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geography of the Nile Valley it's like
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this tiny strip of fertile green area
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and then desert right
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away in stark contrast to the Lush Nile
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Valley the vast surrounding desert is
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virtually lifeless covering more than
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95% of Egypt's land land area the desert
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is home to just 5% of Egypt's people
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what it does have however is lots of
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camels as basam wants to show
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me you going to put it on the speech up
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here yes we're going to stop there
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that's name for the village is the we're
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going to walk to a camel Market they're
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going to see more than thousand camel W
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that's a big market for a tiny
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village whoa
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[Music]
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just a short distance from the river
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bank at the center of dado Village and
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on the edge of the desert Beyond we
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arrive at the camel
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Market W their legs are tied up huh yeah
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because they make a run for it
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yeah these camels will be used for
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agriculture yes
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Farming Farming and then they're going
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to be take sugar cane they're going to
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be Tak more than 100 kilo very strong
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yeah very
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strong they come to move in in Sudan to
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Egypt because they are changing country
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they have to yeah they have to be fix it
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for the doctor and fix it from
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everything and then this is the point at
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which they get sold to Market and get
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spread out all over Egypt all of Egypt
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yeah
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amazingly it said that up to 100,000
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camels a year make the month-long Trek
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through the desert from the Sudan to
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come to this Market Sudanese breeds of
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camels have been renowned for centuries
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and get a high price oh these are much
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bigger aren't
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they what's he saying he say you're
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going to ride the
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C I want to buy one
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[Music]
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he he say for the C is going to be more
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expensive now looks like in
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18,000 too
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much at around 18,000 Egyptian pounds a
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good camel is surprisingly expensive at
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current exchange rates that's about
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,000 so no wonder things can get heated
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when buyers and sellers are trying to
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age on a
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price it's this interesting combination
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of ancient practices of getting these
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camels all the way across a desert for
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weeks and weeks and then putting them in
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a truck taking them to the city
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yeah after slowly walking hundreds of
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miles across the desert from the Sudan
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to get here most of the camels sold are
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now sped on to their final destination
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by
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truck as for my onward Journey from D
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bam and I return to the Fuca to continue
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floating slowly down the Nile toward
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kambo with sunset fast approaching
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however it's soon time to pull onto
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Shore and rest up for the
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[Music]
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night first things first though it's
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time for something to eat luckily Fallen
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branches from some nearby mango trees
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make good
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firewood so you just fired up yes fire
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so dry and the mango leaves are like yes
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a fire
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starter get what 2 Ines of rain a
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yearo no wonder this fire starts so
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quick what's for
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dinner chicken barbecue of course
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yes is it ready yes ah are you hungry
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yes how's the taste M perfectly
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perfectly done you're welcome do we have
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any music yes
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[Music]
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oh
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[Music]
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it's actually surprisingly good night's
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sleep I mean last night we put up these
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wind brakes and there's mattresses on
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Deck here just threw a few blankets over
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us put on my
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galaba and good to go now we'll
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transform it back into a boat and get
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going after some
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coffee going to pour me some uh coffee
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yes
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please oh thank you
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no um that'll work you got
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some
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got how'd you
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sleep very well and you
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m pretty well yeah no it was great to be
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out on the water and you sort of feel
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the Nile lapping up against the boat
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what about this Galia this is nice Gia
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yeah yeah does it work yeah what
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slimming yeah a very nice it was great
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to sleep in yeah I felt like a
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9-year-old girl again I that's the last
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time I was in a night gown when I bought
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it at the souk the guy said I was the
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first woman to buy one a long time so
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looking for you looks like Arabic Queen
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an Arabic Queen Arabic Queen here now
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you're just buttering me up let's go
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sailing
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[Music]
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[Applause]
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that's beautiful isn't it
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[Applause]
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[Music]
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Bas how did you learn to sale I learn
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the selling from my father when I
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younger I go with my father and then I
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love the fluka what do you love about it
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going to feel more relaxed and then
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feeling okay better than working in the
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city huh yeah more than better I'm quiet
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look at my life my love it's in your
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heart yeah I am looks like a crocodile I
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not never go to outside the Nile so
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you're saying you belong on the Nile
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just like a crocodile yeah I'm going to
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be inside the Nile
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always after a couple of days with basam
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on his Fuca I can really see why he
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loves it out here on the Nile but now
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our journey together is coming to an end
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as we're finally approaching
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cumbo thank you for an amazing trip
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Assam welcome look at this perfect
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parking job take care of
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yourself okay I'm just going to leap off
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and you guys can keep
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going
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[Music]
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woo bye-bye byebye take
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care funnily enough bassam's comments
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about feeling right at home in the Nile
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like a crocodile seemed very
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appropriate crocodiles are exactly what
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cbo's ancient Egyptian temple was all
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[Applause] [Music]
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about to find out more about the
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2,000-year-old temple I've arranged to
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meet the Egyptian Ministry of
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Antiquities director in charge of CBO
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Abdul monm s hi hi abduli nice to meet
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you welcome here
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inred as I discover cumo was a twin
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Temple dedicated to two Gods the left
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hand side of the temple was dedicated to
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an incarnation of the Falcon headed god
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Horus while the local crocodile God was
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worshiped on the Temple's right hand
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side here it do oh yeah human body
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crocodile head exactly that was the
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local God his name was saic which means
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in our ancient Egyptian language the one
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who causes woman to be pregnant that's
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why I recommend you to be far from him
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please Holly yeah but the main question
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not my type yeah about the main question
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now Holly yeah why did ancient Egyptians
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worship the crocodile here in
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Kumo the answer is crocodiles in the
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dial exactly if you have a look be
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behind you can see a very big island
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which one day was full of crocodiles
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those crocodiles for bed ancient
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Egyptians to cross the island of the
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Nile easily so they worshiped him
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because they were afraid of
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him the walls of the right hand half of
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kumbo Temple where sobec was worshiped
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are covered with hundreds of beautifully
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carved images of
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him all the images depict with a
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crocodile head on top of a human body
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except one which shows the full body of
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a real sacred
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crocodile did they think that all
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crocodiles were sacred of course no and
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not all of the crocodiles were sacred
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for them they choose a certain crocodile
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to be the God so as a sacred one with
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some certain signs on his body what
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signs it sometimes on his tail sometimes
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on the middle of his body Sometimes some
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signs on his neck and so on and if they
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they found a crocodile with those sacred
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markings what did they do they could
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catch it they could keep it inside the
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big well here in KOMO then they could
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start to mummification it to become the
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gsic remarkably Kumo's Museum contains
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over 20 mummified crocodiles that were
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found buried nearby it's extraordinary
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to imagine them being woried at the
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temple 2,000 years
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ago during during Temple festivals some
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of the Sacred crocodiles would be
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carried by their worshippers on palen
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quins in a great procession around the
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temple it must have been quite a
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[Music]
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sight early morning and it's time to
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start my second boat trip down the Nile
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most of the cruising boats on the Nile
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are these modern big clunky sort of
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soulless vessels that the next leg of my
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journey I get to go on this 1920s paddle
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booat uhoh I think I'm underdressed hi
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you're welcome sight hello look at this
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opulent Dr ah yeah what is it aned an a
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seed that's good can I show your room
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yes please course upstairs please okay
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okay this is amazing
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[Music]
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please oh my
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goodness this is gorgeous it's nicey
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nice I can get used to this it's room C
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please wow look at this oh my God look
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at this phone I got to call everybody I
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know and tell them about this
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place usually kind of a camping girl but
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I'll make an exception I think I can
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adapt this is amazing
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[Music]
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[Music]
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this is the gut of the boat these are
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the original steam Pistons from the
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1920s keeping it well oiled this is the
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definition of a well oiled
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machine it's like uh you're feeding the
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engine the oil huh it's beautiful
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[Music]
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[Music]
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after the last few days Meandering down
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the river in that Fuca it feels like
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we're speeding along now but in fact
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we're going 10 m an hour guess it's all
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relative from cumbo my two-day Journey
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on the Sudan will take me nearly 120 mil
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down River first stop today is edfu home
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to yet another spectacular
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2,000-year-old Temple before we head on
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to my final destination the ancient
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Egyptian capital of Luxor on arrival
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I'll visit the famous tomb of Tuten
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Comet which as it happens was discovered
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at almost exactly the same time that the
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Sudan was first launched on the Nile
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nearly a century
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[Music]
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ago not exactly a tough boat good to see
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how the other half lives now and then
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though I think this would have been what
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they call the drawing room maybe a
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little needle point gossip talking about
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the recently discovered toot and common
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tomb that would have been exciting news
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and obviously doing a little reading
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there's a library back here look at
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this death on the Nile in French it's
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not going to work for me Agatha Christie
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B Decker's guide they all would have
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been using this this was the 20s Bible
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for travel in this
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area and aha the Golden Era of travel on
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the Nile this is the book I want
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[Music]
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you can feel history in the bones of
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this boat just walking around it but
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when you read about the people who
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actually have been on this boat who've
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made this journey over the last century
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I don't know it really brings it to life
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in another way kind of going from black
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and white to
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[Music]
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color Agatha Christie herself made the
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same journey in the 1930s before riding
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death on the Nile and I have to say
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there is something about traveling on
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this histor Steamboat with its creaky
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wooden floors that does make you feel a
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bit like a character in one of her
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murder
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[Music]
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mysteries it's a beautiful setting right
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but here's what's weird there's
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virtually no other passengers on this
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boat and there's a staff of 40 It Feels
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Like a Ghost Ship or
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something remarkably it turns out that
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apart from me there are in fact only two
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other passengers on board you'd think
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that the voyage would have been
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cancelled due to a lack of numbers but
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that's not the case the Sudan's
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management make a proud guarantee that
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when even one passenger has confirmed
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their booking will be honored and the
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Sudan will
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[Music]
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sail it's late afternoon now and the
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Sudan is about to dock near edu Temple
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for well over a century it's been one of
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the main tourist sites along the stretch
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of the river and I can't wait to see
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it edu yes edu this is it okay okay
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great and then do I grab a carriage to
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get to the temple okay how
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far that way yes
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okay like so many places here almost no
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tourist yet every tourist site protected
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by a guy with a big gun it's the New
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[Music]
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Egypt hi Salam
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alikum Ed Temple yes yes can someone
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take me yeah need a
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drive yes all right right yeah all right
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very nice your first customer of the day
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and you make me
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[Music]
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drive I know intellectually that
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westerners have been making this track
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to edu Temple for centuries but today I
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have to say I'm feeling like a bit of a
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Pioneer could be the whole horse and
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carriage thing I don't know
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oh oh all right here you
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go shran yeah thank
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okay absolutely empty parking lot it's
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crazy in years past edu's 2,000-year-old
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Temple would have been crowded with
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tourists as it's one of the best
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preserved of all ancient Egyptian
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temples back at cumbo the Falcon god
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Horus had to share the temple with a
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crocodile God but here at edfu Horus had
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the whole place to
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himself this is the courtyard and back
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in the Heyday it's where commoners
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regular people like me could hang out
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but in there is the inner sanctum
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reserved for high priests and I don't
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know if the phoh and his Entourage came
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to town this is where they
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[Music]
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go at the heart of the temple Beyond a
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great hall where offerings to Horus were
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brought once stood a solid gold statue
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of the Falcon God enshrined and
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worshiped in the inner
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sanctum imagine what it would have been
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like you know incense and high priest
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maybe a pharaoh and the god Horus with
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his golden head on an ancient boat that
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would carry him up into the heavens it
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must have been an incredible scene
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[Music]
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hello hell back yes thank you hi hello
00:26:15
thanks I thought this morning was a
00:26:16
onetime
00:26:18
deal L juice fresh lemon fresh L
00:26:22
juice thank you good evening
00:26:26
[Music]
00:26:29
[Applause]
00:26:32
[Music]
00:26:38
[Applause]
00:26:46
soon after leaving edfu it's dinner time
00:26:48
in the Grand salon luckily the only
00:26:50
other passengers on board Neil and
00:26:52
antinis turn out to be very friendly and
00:26:54
we soon find ourselves sharing a
00:26:56
table talk quickly turns to the odd
00:26:59
feeling of being the only passengers on
00:27:02
the boat I can't believe they can afford
00:27:04
to run a boat for just three people
00:27:08
right to do this trip and I guess maybe
00:27:11
because there's no people it just feel a
00:27:13
bit weird and like maybe something weird
00:27:15
is going on you know maybe like there
00:27:18
may be a murder at some point don't
00:27:20
leave that key in the door and you're uh
00:27:24
watch it
00:27:27
right was death in the N kind of like
00:27:31
your inspiration for coming on this trip
00:27:33
I mean is it how you knew to show up in
00:27:36
txas yeah well they went for dinner they
00:27:39
always had to dress up for dinner right
00:27:40
that's in those days so you've always
00:27:43
been a I I'm a
00:27:45
fany I I read all of them we wanted to
00:27:47
do a little bit of that for want to feel
00:27:51
part of the Ambiance the uh the
00:27:54
experience yeah so you create in a way
00:27:56
for yourself what is authentic right is
00:27:59
authentic a Backpacker in Thailand and
00:28:03
Cambodia is there anything less
00:28:05
authentic about pretending you're u b
00:28:08
and coming on a ship down the Nile you
00:28:11
know on a beautiful boat you want to
00:28:13
make a a bit of an
00:28:16
effort after so much talk of death on
00:28:18
the Nile and drinking at least a glass
00:28:20
or two more whiskey than I should have
00:28:23
here's hoping I'll still be able to get
00:28:24
a decent night's sleep
00:28:37
when I wake up just after Sunrise I find
00:28:39
that the Sudan has covered quite a bit
00:28:41
of distance overnight and we're now
00:28:42
mored at the small town of
00:28:45
Esna the Sudan is due to leave Esna in
00:28:48
about an hour so I've got just enough
00:28:50
time to walk a few hundred yards through
00:28:52
the back streets to take a quick look at
00:28:53
a rarely visited Temple
00:29:00
[Music]
00:29:12
ah this is really dramatic that was
00:29:17
floor level 2,000 years ago and there's
00:29:20
street level today it's just really
00:29:22
shows the passage of Time how incredibly
00:29:26
old this is
00:29:29
remarkably until it was excavated in the
00:29:31
mid 19th century the temple here at esno
00:29:33
was almost totally buried beneath the
00:29:35
rubble of 2,000 years of mud brick
00:29:37
houses built on top of it today this
00:29:40
once lost and Forgotten Temple remains
00:29:42
under
00:29:44
restoration now I got scaffolding over
00:29:47
here it is a lot of work to get rid of
00:29:49
2,000 years of grime and you can see the
00:29:52
restoration on the left side hasn't been
00:29:54
done yet it's dark over here the colors
00:29:56
are starting to come out
00:29:58
imagine what it must have been like so
00:30:00
long ago in its full colorful
00:30:03
Glory must have been so
00:30:20
vibrant as we head on from Esna toward
00:30:22
Luxor almost immediately the Sudan has
00:30:25
to pass through some big locks
00:30:28
[Music]
00:30:30
look at this tiny boats our giant boat
00:30:34
every boat has to go through these locks
00:30:36
hurry up be
00:30:39
careful he looks awfully relaxed having
00:30:42
a giant boat barreling down on him you
00:30:45
guys you got to hurry up we're coming
00:30:46
through we're not we can't
00:30:48
stop it looks a little hairy to me but
00:30:51
everybody seems quite
00:30:55
relaxed you good
00:30:59
oh what is that NY perch can I buy it
00:31:03
are you selling how much I'll come
00:31:08
[Music]
00:31:09
down okay how are we going to do this
00:31:12
you want to throw it is it
00:31:16
tasty all right thank you all right Nile
00:31:21
perch better known as lunch little salt
00:31:25
lemon butter it's going to be great
00:31:27
[Applause]
00:31:29
[Music]
00:31:36
[Applause]
00:31:37
[Music]
00:31:38
[Applause]
00:31:40
bye-bye thank you
00:31:42
shran tight
00:31:45
[Music]
00:31:47
[Applause]
00:31:48
[Music]
00:31:52
lines with Lux are now just an hour or
00:31:55
two away it's my last chance to savor
00:31:57
the Lux curious experience of traveling
00:31:59
on the Sudan as luck would have it
00:32:01
there's time for lunch before we arrive
00:32:04
so I can enjoy my catch from the
00:32:08
locks hello
00:32:13
Shak ah thank you very
00:32:17
much the banks of the Nile sliding by a
00:32:20
cool breeze and a fresh caught fish I
00:32:24
think I'm having a perfect moment
00:32:28
let's see here debone this
00:32:36
thing
00:32:38
excellent thank you so
00:32:40
[Music]
00:32:45
much it's been fabulous to travel aboard
00:32:48
the historic Sudan a very special Relic
00:32:50
from the Golden Age of travel in the
00:32:54
1920s you can travel much faster from
00:32:57
Aswan Delux or by train but traveling
00:32:59
slowly down the Nile on a lovely old
00:33:01
boat like this seems a much better
00:33:03
option to
00:33:05
[Music]
00:33:26
me we've arrived luxer the capital of
00:33:29
ancient Egypt and you can see the temple
00:33:32
over there right kind of anchoring it
00:33:34
all can't wait to see it up
00:33:39
[Music]
00:33:56
close Lux are to is just a medium-sized
00:33:59
provincial town but back in its ancient
00:34:01
Heyday from around 1500 to 1,000 BC it
00:34:05
was the biggest wealthiest and most
00:34:06
powerful city in the
00:34:08
[Music]
00:34:10
world at the center of the great city
00:34:12
was Luxor Temple leading up to it a
00:34:15
Grand Avenue of sphinxes nearly 2 mil
00:34:18
[Music]
00:34:21
long Luxor Temple was built over a
00:34:24
century or so by a number of different
00:34:26
pharaohs including the famous to in
00:34:28
common but it was completed for the most
00:34:30
part by another famous Pharaoh the one
00:34:33
who ruled over ancient Egypt's most
00:34:35
powerful era and that is ramsy the
00:34:41
great ramsy the great ruled Egypt at the
00:34:44
height of its Imperial power for 66
00:34:46
years during which time he erected
00:34:48
numerous colossal statues glorifying
00:34:50
himself and built more magnificent
00:34:53
monuments than any other
00:34:56
pharaoh it was r the great who erected
00:34:59
the Obelisk which was originally part of
00:35:00
a pair the other one was over there on
00:35:02
that base unfortunately In 1832 the
00:35:05
French took it which is a shame for a
00:35:07
lot of reasons including that it wrecks
00:35:09
some incredible
00:35:12
symmetry the single Obelisk that remains
00:35:14
here in Luxor stands 80 ft high and
00:35:17
weighs around 250
00:35:20
tons so that it should last for eternity
00:35:22
it was made from Egypt's toughest
00:35:24
granite qued in Aswan as a result
00:35:27
despite thousands of years of being
00:35:29
exposed to the elements its hieroglyphs
00:35:31
are incredibly well
00:35:35
preserved it's amazing to think that
00:35:37
this obelis took the same journey I have
00:35:40
starting in oswan ending here in Luxor
00:35:42
imagine what it was like all those years
00:35:44
ago 250 tons of granite loaded onto
00:35:47
barges sent down river somehow hauled up
00:35:50
the river bank and then the daunting
00:35:53
task of erecting it hundreds of people a
00:35:56
lot at stake imagine if it had all come
00:35:59
crashing
00:36:00
[Music]
00:36:07
down it isn't easy to visualize but one
00:36:10
of the main reasons luxor's 3 and a half
00:36:12
thousand year old Temple is so well
00:36:14
preserved today is that like the temple
00:36:16
back in Esna it was once almost totally
00:36:19
buried beneath a large Hill of silt sand
00:36:21
and Rubble accumulated over the
00:36:23
centuries
00:36:28
lots of mud brick houses that had been
00:36:30
built on top of the temple were torn
00:36:31
down when it was excavated in the 19th
00:36:33
century but one building on top couldn't
00:36:36
be demolished or it would have caused a
00:36:38
riot the local mosque
00:36:45
[Music]
00:37:04
once prayers have ended at the Mosk I
00:37:05
head over there myself to take a look
00:37:13
around the mosque is especially revered
00:37:15
for containing the tomb of a 13th
00:37:17
century holy man known as Abu
00:37:20
hagag beside his Shrine I'm met by the
00:37:23
mosques Imam Alum Alum how are you very
00:37:27
good thank you where you come from you
00:37:28
the United States I welcome and have a
00:37:30
nice time thank you I am Shing musk
00:37:33
you're the shake of the Mask ah okay
00:37:35
tell me is the mosque is this actually
00:37:37
Temple walls yes this is 22 K like this
00:37:41
here
00:37:42
for can you show me right yes welcome
00:37:49
[Applause]
00:37:54
okay oh wow look at these Temple walls
00:37:58
it's all built together so this is part
00:38:00
of the
00:38:02
temple it's beautiful inner Courtyard
00:38:05
it's
00:38:06
amazing this is the mosque itself yes
00:38:10
ah this is the inner prayer
00:38:13
area this is on the entrance in the MOs
00:38:17
before 150 years ago people come to MOS
00:38:21
from here this was the entrance
00:38:25
yes yeah oh wow and now it's a window
00:38:29
with a big drop so 150 years ago this
00:38:33
was the entrance this was street level
00:38:36
yes
00:38:38
wow no
00:38:40
longer wow that's got to be 30 feet
00:38:43
down this really gives you a sense of
00:38:45
how old the temple is yes looks a temple
00:38:50
wow
00:39:06
[Music]
00:39:10
my time in Egypt is coming to an end but
00:39:13
I can't possibly leave Luxor without
00:39:15
heading across the Nile to see the
00:39:16
famous Valley of the Kings where many of
00:39:19
Egypt's Pharaohs were buried including
00:39:21
toon common
00:39:24
[Music]
00:39:29
good
00:39:30
[Music]
00:39:45
good Valley of the Kings yeah okay
00:39:52
[Music]
00:39:57
[Music]
00:40:04
on route to the Valley of the Kings I
00:40:06
passed the extraordinary colosi of mnon
00:40:09
two giant 3 and a half thousand-year-old
00:40:12
statues depicting the Pharaoh Aman hotep
00:40:14
III who ruled Egypt just 15 years or so
00:40:18
before toon Comming
00:40:32
[Music]
00:40:37
today the Valley of the Kings is one of
00:40:39
the world's most famous tourist sites
00:40:42
although sadly relatively few tourists
00:40:44
are coming here now but the thing is
00:40:46
originally the whole purpose of the
00:40:48
place was
00:40:50
secrecy over a period of 500 years
00:40:52
starting in the 16th century BC some 20
00:40:55
pharaohs and their families were buried
00:40:57
in these Rocky Cliffs hidden away in the
00:40:59
nooks and crannies after they were in
00:41:01
there they'd cover the entrances and all
00:41:03
of this was in an effort to deter tomb
00:41:05
robbers unfortunately that didn't work
00:41:07
out so
00:41:10
well as things turned out apart from
00:41:12
toon Common's tomb all of the pharaoh's
00:41:15
tombs in the Valley of the Kings were
00:41:16
robbed in
00:41:18
Antiquity sir thank you like all the
00:41:22
tombs this one for example which
00:41:24
belonged to ramsy I 6th would have been
00:41:26
overflowing with fabulous Treasures
00:41:28
buried with the pharaoh to ensure that
00:41:30
he would be just as pampered in the
00:41:32
afterlife as in his
00:41:34
lifetime whoa look at this this massive
00:41:39
piece of granite was the outer layer of
00:41:41
the sarcophagus so the tomb robbers
00:41:43
somehow found a way to crack that open
00:41:45
and then they would have headed for the
00:41:47
inner sarcophagus which is also smashed
00:41:49
to Smither inside that would have been
00:41:51
the mummy on top of that would have been
00:41:52
gold and jewelry they grabbed all of
00:41:55
that and all the other treasure in the
00:41:57
room room and made a run for
00:42:03
it curiously it was the work of building
00:42:05
Ramsay's the sixth tomb that actually by
00:42:08
chance saved toen Common's Treasures
00:42:10
from being
00:42:12
robbed Ramsey the sixth tomb was carved
00:42:15
out of the mountain side next to and
00:42:17
just above the entrance to the tomb of
00:42:19
Toton common who died centuries
00:42:21
earlier as a result beneath all the
00:42:24
rubble dug out from Ramsay's tomb toon
00:42:26
Commons to remain hidden for thousands
00:42:28
of years until after long years of
00:42:30
searching it was finally discovered by
00:42:32
British archaeologist Howard Carter in
00:42:34
November
00:42:36
[Music]
00:42:42
[Music]
00:42:45
1922 when Howard Carter broke through
00:42:48
this wall his Wildest Dreams came true
00:42:50
this place was packed with treasures
00:42:52
everything the Pharaoh would need in his
00:42:54
afterlife we're there obviously doing
00:42:56
some some restoration oh and here is the
00:42:59
stone sarcophagus and inside that is the
00:43:03
wooden coffin painted with gold and
00:43:06
inside that was Carter's most
00:43:08
Sensational Discovery Tutton Common's
00:43:11
solid gold mask one of the most iconic
00:43:14
artifacts of all
00:43:16
[Music]
00:43:21
time and here is Tuton common himself
00:43:24
his mummified body was left here out of
00:43:26
respect back for the dead it's hard to
00:43:28
believe he's been here
00:43:30
3,300 years he looks so small and
00:43:36
young but
00:43:41
[Music]
00:43:52
peaceful it's my last day in Egypt and
00:43:54
for my final Adventure on the Nile I'm h
00:43:57
ing a ride on one of Egypt's most
00:43:59
historic boats a grand 19th century
00:44:02
ottoman era sailing barge known as a
00:44:06
dahaba there's a lot of dahab beas on
00:44:09
the river here almost all of them are
00:44:11
replicas but this one here it is an
00:44:13
original the thing is they have no
00:44:15
Motors on these boats and they're
00:44:17
completely wind dependent and there's no
00:44:19
wind today so you can see there's a
00:44:20
tugbo pulling this one let's hope the
00:44:23
wind picks
00:44:24
upam alikum can you uh give me a r over
00:44:28
I jump on a taxi boat for the short ride
00:44:30
out to the dahaba where I'm welcomed on
00:44:32
board by the boat's French owner Didier
00:44:35
Kai hey hey how are you good permission
00:44:38
to board in Egypt to say welcome nice
00:44:43
see you nice to see you welcome it's
00:44:47
beautiful D dahaba the vion dates back
00:44:52
to the 1880s and still retains all of
00:44:54
its original features which is very
00:44:56
unique although dahas were designed
00:44:58
mainly as sailing boats to carry Rich
00:45:00
19th century Travelers down the Nile
00:45:03
they also needed to be equipped for days
00:45:05
like today without any
00:45:08
wind in the 19th century I mean before
00:45:10
they had tugboats what did people do
00:45:13
well when they they had no wind they use
00:45:15
the the horns or hor ORS yes uh but they
00:45:20
rode yeah it's got to be hard work right
00:45:22
yeah yeah and uh have you done it before
00:45:25
well one time just for fun can we give
00:45:27
it a go oh well why not yeah it can be
00:45:30
fun yeah well we have everything to do
00:45:32
it but I have to ask to the to the crew
00:45:36
they want to do
00:45:43
it being possible so okay so why
00:45:48
not most of the crew have never used D's
00:45:51
19th century ores and although dahas
00:45:54
were designed to be very lightweight in
00:45:56
order to be roll
00:45:57
it's going to be tough for us to make
00:45:59
any Headway at all Upstream against the
00:46:01
Nile's strong
00:46:02
current what we need is
00:46:05
[Music]
00:46:13
[Music]
00:46:19
rhythm as it turns out despite the
00:46:21
helpful Rhythm of the drum beat and the
00:46:23
traditional sailor song our rowing
00:46:26
technique leaves a lot to be
00:46:28
desired not only are we not going
00:46:31
forwards we're actually going backwards
00:46:34
rowing against current as a Fool's
00:46:36
errand I don't know how they did it back
00:46:38
in the
00:46:39
day where's that Tugboat guys is the
00:46:42
tugbo still around
00:46:45
[Music]
00:46:50
or rowing was really hard work and we
00:46:53
weren't making any progress anyway so
00:46:55
now we're just going to sit and wait for
00:46:56
for a while hoping that the wind will
00:46:58
eventually pick
00:46:59
[Music]
00:47:03
[Applause]
00:47:04
[Music]
00:47:09
[Applause]
00:47:12
up after a few hours waiting our prayers
00:47:16
are answered in a late afternoon so it
00:47:18
looks like we are lucky look the Fuca so
00:47:21
there is wind can we put the sails up we
00:47:23
we are going to we have to okay
00:47:38
With the Wind now doing all the work all
00:47:40
I have to do is sit back relax and enjoy
00:47:43
the ride before the sunset brings my
00:47:45
last day on the Nile to a close
00:47:52
[Music]
00:48:02
my trip down the Nile has been fantastic
00:48:05
I mean first leaving Aswan in the Fuca
00:48:08
and then that gorgeous Steamboat but
00:48:11
it's the Nile that is really the
00:48:13
lifeblood of everything I mean it's
00:48:15
created the culture and civilization and
00:48:17
tombs and temples all these things I've
00:48:19
been able to
00:48:20
explore to be honest I'm not quite ready
00:48:23
for this trip to end but hey we've
00:48:25
caught a little wind so I said we just
00:48:27
keep on going
00:48:43
[Music]
00:48:56
[Music]
00:49:07
[Applause]

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  • This feature is available in the UDL Helper extension. Make sure that "Show the video snapshot button" is checked in the settings. A camera icon should appear in the lower right corner of the player to the left of the "Settings" icon. When you click on it, the current frame from the video will be saved to your computer in JPEG format.

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  • It costs nothing. Our services are absolutely free for all users. There are no PRO subscriptions, no restrictions on the number or maximum length of downloaded videos.

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