Thursday Doors: Besaw Island

While on our 5-day Nile River cruise in Egypt, we stopped at an island where we visited a farmer and his family, and we were shown around the area where he lives. For Norm’s Thursday Doors feature this week, here are some doors and other sights on Besaw Island.

Farmland on Besaw Island


The farmer showed us a banana plantation (he doesn’t own it) and told us about the process of growing bananas.

On our way to our host’s house, I took most of these photos.

Note the objects hanging from the top of this man’s door – pairs of cow hooves!

This door is at our host’s house.
Although the family’s house is small and they don’t have much, their house is neat and the food they served us was delicious!

Someone painted this door after the farmer (Sayeed) and his wife (Zena) got married, with beautiful flowers, hearts and Arabic writing.
Dale watches as group member Cary plays with one of the family’s children. 



FOTD: Bright and Sunny Yellow

As I write this, the thermostat says that outside my house right now the temperature is:
-12°F. The “real feel” (or wind chill) temperature is -35°F!! (That’s -24°C and -37°C respectively!)

Therefore, for any others in the blogosphere who live in the Midwest and are currently being hit by the “polar vortex”, I thought it would be cheery to post these lovely flowers I saw in Egypt.
For more flowers to help you think of spring, go to Cee’s Flower of the Day, 1/30/19.

One Word Sunday: Voyager

Travel With Intent has a “One Word Sunday” challenge and this week the one word is voyager.

My husband and I have recently returned from a month-long trip to Egypt and Israel. For the Egypt portion, we toured with Overseas Adventure Travel, my favorite travel company! Five days of the tour were spent on a cruise of the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, on board a small ship called a dahabeya. It was very intimate: there were only 14 passengers, which were the members of our group, plus 14 staff members! Our small ship was new – we could smell the newness of the olive wood from which much of the furniture was made!

Here is our dahabeya, named Aida.
Normally the sails were not unfurled – the dahabeya was pulled by a tug, since it doesn’t have a motor. However, we all wanted to see it with open sails, so they unfurled the sails and we circled it in a small boat so we could take pictures!

Here are some photos of the interior:

All the cabins were named after Egyptian goddesses. Ours was Hathor, the goddess of love, fertility, motherhood, music and dance!
Morning omelet station: For breakfast each day, we had the option of having an omelet made to order. The omelets were made on the deck.
Partial view of the interior lounge (decorated for the holidays). Behind the bar in back was our dining area.

After our Egyptian tour, we went to Israel and joined another tour! This was led by the Christian tour company Maranatha Tours Inc. One day we sailed on the Sea of Galilee, and the people on board the typical “ark” sang hymns.

This is our “ark” on the Sea of Galilee – it was already quite full of people when we boarded!
By the time we got on, it was pretty much standing room only! But the hymns made us all feel joyful and we enjoyed the ride.

Afterward, we went to a visitors center where there was on display the remains of an actual 2,000 year old boat, which had been salvaged from the bottom of the lake (Galilee is actually a lake, not a sea, despite its name).
A informational poster on the side showed all the types of wood it had been made of.
This was the type of boat Peter, Jesus’ disciple, would have used in his profession as a fisherman.

Finally, I am including a photo of my husband, Dale, and me, because we too are voyagers!

Posing for a photo on the deck of Aida, pretending to control the sail by pulling on the ropes!

Stay tuned for a series of blogs telling all about our adventures in Egypt and Israel!! 😀

A Photo a Week: Contrasting Colors in Nature and by Design

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge this week is about contrasting colors, using a color wheel which shows which colors contrast with each other.

color wheel

In art, we often see paintings with colors that seem to pop out of the image. An artist may use what are called “complementary colors” (contrasting colors) to emphasize something in an image, such as an orange flower against a blue sky, or to create interest using contrasts. Here is an example by Georgia O’Keeffe, called “Trees in Autumn” (1920/21 oil on canvas, at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico).
Here’s a photo I took of a tree in autumn.

As one can see from the color wheel above, the primary colors (blue, red and yellow) are matched with secondary colors (green, orange and purple) which provide the greatest contrast. Blue is matched with the secondary color that is created by combining the other two primary colors (red and yellow). Thus:

Blue’s complementary color is orange.
Red’s complementary color is green.
Yellow’s complementary color is purple.

Weavers are very adept in using contrasting/complementary colors to create colorful patterns. This is a close-up of a Peruvian woven sling I use to carry my water bottle. Note the green stripe against pink on one side and maroon on the other (both versions of red), or the blue stripe in the middle surrounded by orange stripes.
Nature is also excellent at creating contrasts:
We see this same contrasting beauty in architecture, such as Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel, with its famous golden dome contrasting with the blue sky and with the blues in the tiles on the walls. The artist(s) who created these lovely patterns with tiles had an innate sense of contrast, making the designs of the whole building stand out, impressing viewers.
The Christmas season is represented by red and green, which naturally complement (or contrast with) each other, making holiday decorations pleasing to look at.

Thursday Doors: The Via Dolorosa (Jerusalem)

Norm’s Thursday Doors this week contains a new word for door lovers – doorgasm! Yes, I know the feeling!

We’ve been so busy  since we got home from our trip to Egypt and Israel last week, due to our daughter’s wedding this weekend, that I have not had time to organize my photos for blogging about the trip. Plus my camera broke while on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem  so I need professional help at least to restore the photos in my memory card(but that’s a whole other story)!

Thursday has rolled around again so I have compiled cellphone photos of the doors of Old Jerusalem. These were taken on the Via Dolorosa (literally “Sorrowful Way”) which is said to be the route Jesus took after his arrest and condemnation to carry his heavy cross to the place of his crucifixion.

Old Jerusalem has so many beautiful doors and gates that I even saw a poster depicting many of them. (I guess Norm and his fellow door lovers aren’t the only ones obsessed with doors, lol!) This post is strictly doors – I did not include gates because that would double the number of photos in this post!

We started at the Temple Mount, including Dome of the Rock, which is said to be the spot on which the temple stood, and ended at the Western (Wailing Wall), which will be the subject of a future post. These are doors I photographed along the way, and many of them I do not specifically identify because we saw so many places that day! (I’ll try to be better organized when blogging about the actual places. :-}

Al-asqa Mosque, on Temple Mount Square
St. Anne’s church, said to be on the spot where the Virgin Mary was born. Anne was Mary’s mother.


This is also at St. Anne’s – a door leading into the garden behind the church.
St. Anne’s again


Terra Sancta entrance
Church of the Flagellation


Catholic Church in Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter
Station 6 of the Way of the Cross 
Technically, this is now used as a window, but it must have been a door at one time, with a stairway leading up to it.


The beautiful front door to St. Peter in Gallicantu, commemorating Jesus’ accusation of Peter, telling him that he will deny Jesus three times and then the cock will crow. The pointed finger of Jesus actually sticks out on this bas relief, as if he is accusing his followers in general of not believing in him.

All photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S7, on January 14, 2019.

Thursday Doors: Luxor

We have just returned from a monthlong trip to Egypt and Israel! This is my first post, just in time for Norm’s Thursday Doors! On December 27, we were in Luxor, Egypt, where the members of our tour group walked from where our bus left us off through dusty streets to a restaurant for lunch. This neighborhood had many colorful doors, which I managed to snap while keeping up with the others!

I was excited to have the chance to photograph “ordinary” doors while not on a bus, after visiting awe-inspiring ancient Egyptian monuments that morning.
The woman at the edge of this photo seemed amused at my choice of subject.
Beautiful archway, with a holiday decoration – Egyptians love to decorate for Christmas. The non-Christians celebrate the Christian holidays and the Christians celebrate the Muslim holidays!
Not our restaurant, but what a beautiful entrance! (And is that Santa Claus on either side of the doorway?!)
This was a very small door – a doghouse door maybe??
This is where we had lunch!
I found is amazing the variety of doors in color and design I saw just in one small neighborhood!
Next door neighbors!
If I could read Arabic, perhaps I would know what was behind this colorful door.
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I love the paintings and decorative writing on this house (?). It seems to be part of the