Saturday, June 11, 2005

Mucking around in boats

I have been longing for a ride on a falucca. This is a very elegant Egyptian boat with a single A-shaped sail. At least, they look incredibly elegant out on the water. Close up I have decided they have the width and solidity of the older Manly ferries. It doesn’t go with elegant, ponderous might be better, but they can really move on the water. Even better, this is the sort of boat trip where you can take a camera, and wine, and a picnic as even though a felucca can heel over occasionally it is very rare for one to actually tip.

So – I took a camera. We have had a few trips away from the city recently, and yesterday – for my driving practice – I went out to a club near the road to Alexandria. Looking up, the sky was blue. Looking over to Cairo showed a heavy grey pall over dulled pale gray buildings in the smog. I find it a bit worrying – supposedly the second worst (if I can say such a thing) smog in the world. Mexico City is supposed to be the worst, but it is graded on proportion of oxygen to junk, and they are so high that they have less oxygen. I cough in Cairo, and it tends to ease when I am away.

6 Comments:

Blogger Helen from Canberra said...

Hi Jenny,
Sailing, wine, picnic and watching the sunset on the Nile!!! Sounds like my kind of day.
Hallelujah!! Yesterday over many parts of Australia, including Canberra and environs we had RAIN, beautiful gentle soaking rain.

Regards Helen

8:19 am  
Anonymous Margaret Roberts said...

I love your photos, particularly Ahmed lounging with his cigarette.
MargaretR

11:30 pm  
Blogger Diane said...

"I have been longing for a ride in a falucca." What a mysterious, evocative sentence! You could start quite a novel with that sentence, you know...

4:18 pm  
Anonymous bar price said...

I envy your boat ride. I have recently sold my wooden boat on port phillip bay but hope to still get some sailing. bar

1:20 pm  
Anonymous Jo.A . said...

Hi Jenny
thank you for the continued sharing of your wonderful experiences. Your descriptions and photos are as ever delightful.
hugs and cheers

9:06 am  
Blogger William said...

Great blog you have here I will deffinitely be back, I have a website that is about restoring wooden boats

http://www.classicwoody.com/ : complete wooden boat restoration guide

11:26 am  

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