Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Do you want to come to Syria and Egypt with me?

We have set dates and costed the Syria and Egypt tour for next year. It will start on the 18th February next year. This time we have given the 'on the ground' costing and you have to book separately to get there and back - but Nick and the lovely team at Impulse can organise that for you.


It does not include a Nile Cruise but people usually go on and add this option in - it is a lovely thing to do but there is not enough that is textile-related to justify me joining you on that (which would mean that you would be paying for me). Those who go are accompanied by a lovely Egyptian Guide.

I love this trip. I lived for three and a half years in Syria and four and a half years in Egypt. You would not find many expert guides who know and love both countries so well.

The big advantage of a textile tour is not so much that you see textiles - but that you move off the standard tourist routes. Of course we see the Krak de Chevaliers

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and Palmyra

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and the old city of Damascus in Syria,

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and the Pyramids (Saqqara as well as Giza)

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and the Egyptian Museum in Egypt - but we also move off into areas where locals live and work and we get to know the country better with the insight this gives us.

You know that the group will all have something in common - most are not young and wanting to go to nightclubs in the evenings. Partners who come usually find that they love it - we have better opportunities for really wonderful photography than most tours offer.

We might walk in mud on some days - but always stay in good hotels, so there is a relief in walking into something comfortable and familiar.

I love to take people in to the best textile sites in the beautiful Old City of Damascus in Syria,

Damascus silk brocade

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and to the Tentmakers' Street

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tentmakers

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and the Dyers' Khan in old Cairo,

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and to Wissa Wassef - a truly stunning and joyful tapestry school - the best of all Egypt's long term projects.

Wissa Wassef

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If enough are interested we could add a few informal days earlier in the north of Syria to see Aleppo, the Dead Cities,

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the beehive houses,

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and Heike Webber's embroidery project - Anat

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- but that will depend on interest. It would simply be with me and a hired car and driver and not part of the formal tour.

Please contact Nick at Impulse - address right at the very top of this post. I wish I could remember how to put that link into Impulse tours!

19 Comments:

Blogger Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

What stunning photo's! I would love to join in on your tour if funds and work were not a problem.

6:06 pm  
Anonymous Anita said...

Hi Jenny

I heard you speak at Carrum Downs, Victoria, so I know that you will be a terrific guide. My husband and I are definitely interested and have asked for more info from Impulse. Fingers crossed we can join you. Anita

4:50 pm  
Blogger Sharyn said...

In my dreams Jenny. Perhaps one day when my ship comes in :)

"tiled quilts" are going the rounds, what was old is new again, and I noticed the images on the tent makers look like whole cloth appliqué work in the manner of tiled quilts. What fabric do they work on, and what fabric is the pattern?
Thank you for sharing, I've been working on your brilliant idea of following out into the plain borders, the large print free motion quilting patterns from the center fabric. Great idea, and not intimidating at all.
Sharyn

7:00 am  
Blogger Jenyfer Matthews said...

I would love to the do the Syria portion of this trip - I've been to many of the places in Egypt (though not the cruise) Is there a way to break it down into parts?

3:08 pm  
Blogger Cookie said...

YES PLEASE!! I would love to be part of the group to go to Egypt. I can then tick it off my bucket list! I attended your class on grandfinal day (the first one) and was even more inspired to see more. Thanks I would love any information available on the trip. angela

1:07 pm  
Blogger Jenny Bowker said...

http://www.impulsetravel.com.au/TextileTours/tabid/202/Default.aspx

Click the link above for information and contacts for the Impulse Agency! You did not leave me an address to write to!

Jenny

1:15 pm  
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Blogger mrslongarm.com said...

You have the BEST blog on the internet! Such amazing photos. I love the fabrics!!

12:57 am  
Anonymous Anita said...

Hi Jenny

We're coming!!!! Very excited indeed.

Anita & Don

2:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny-
I am in Arizona, USA and have not seen any of your work but found this on the internet searching for Quilting in Egypt. We will be on a Uniworld Tour in March-April 2011 and would like to know of any textile factories or stores I can go to in Cairo.

Thank you
Norine

1:36 am  
Blogger Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

Thankyou for sharing these fabulous images. I would love to take a trip like this. Good for you.

2:16 am  
Blogger ArtGirl said...

wow what an opportunity. and thanks for sharing the photos, i think my fave is of the guy working on that beautiful colorful quilt!

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Mark said...

Looks awesome - maybe next time.....

12:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny

I have thoroughly enjoyed your blogs from Cairo and as I plan to revisit later in the year I have revisited your website. In one blogs you introduced two of your wonderful drivers - I plan to use them - and in the same blog said you would write up the 10 best things to do in Egypt. Have not been able to find it.

3:02 pm  
Anonymous Eija said...

Nice pictures

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