Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Saturday, 28 December 2013

▶ Tour in Egypt 27 12 2013 part 1 - YouTube Nile TV

I just appeared on Nile TV talking about visiting Luxor with Denna Younis. This is a video clip of the interview.

Friday, 27 December 2013

An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

An unidentified royal statue head found in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

There are a number of inaccuracies in this story, including the location of the temple. Miriam's team is the one working on the temple by the road, which is large and just along from the Ramasseum for a start! She has also told me privately that........
"Preliminary studies indicate that could be the head of the statue of a deity or a private official. Future research will provide more information about its origin and meaning".

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

End of Year Sale on all my books

End of Year Sale, enter the coupon code “Sale2013″ when you buy here to get 30% off. Offer ends 31st December

PS I hope I have set this up properly if you have problems email me :)

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (and big, big thanks) | Jane Akshar

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (and big, big thanks) | Jane Akshar

Happy Christmas from Jane, Mahmoud and all at Flats in Luxor.
This year has been hugely challenging for us, at times I didn’t think we would make it through the year. Our tourism business has reduced to almost zero. We have reduced costs where we could but have managed to keep 3 members of staff; Little Mohamed, Hajaj and Mohamed at Goubli. All our other people we had to let go. By moving in members of the family we cover Goubli and the Village at night and Mahmoud’s father looks after Gezera. However other costs we have had to pay like water, electricity, internet and phone, hugely challenging at times. The article in Take a Break paid a big electricity bill, thank God. Book sales totalled nearly £800 for the year, that was a huge help so please continue to share about my books.
But the biggest help has been generous friends who sent us money, we literally could not have lived without this. My insulin costs are enormous by Egyptian standards and no way would we have been able to cover them with these generous gifts. We thank you all so much.
On a personal front my beautiful daughter has married her Syrian cousin and moved to Damascus. A serious worrying situation but she is as happy as a sand boy and enjoying her new family.
We hope and pray that 2014 is a better year for us and all in Egypt, please do encourage your friends to visit the country. Everyone who has come has had a wonderful time, no problems or worries and of course, please encourage them to stay with us.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Photos from the Winter Solstice Event at Karnak Temple | Luxor Committee

Photos from the Winter Solstice Event at Karnak Temple | Luxor Committee

Get your Luxor 2014 Calendar

Luxor 2014 by Jane Akshar (Calendar) — Lulu GB: The best of the sites of Luxor. Sunset on the Nile, Shopping in the Souk, Inside the Tombs of the Valley of Kings and the Valley of the Nobles, East and West Bank temples. An Egyptian holiday is a dream come true, so relive yours or imagine one in the future.

In Photos: Spider Rock Art Discovered in Egypt | LiveScience

In Photos: Spider Rock Art Discovered in Egypt | LiveScience: Archaeologists have discovered a broken panel that depicts the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World. It…Read More »

Friday, 13 December 2013

State Information Services FM: France eased restrictions on travel to Egypt

State Information Services FM: France eased restrictions on travel to Egypt
Hurrah. France's Foreign Ministry has eased its restrictions on French citizens traveling to Egypt..................

Snow in Egypt

An updated photo, a camel at St Catherine's, Sinai, can you believe it!!!!!!!

This photo of snow in Cairo has just stunned me. Apparently the first snow in OVER 100 hundred years. It is very cold in Luxor too but if we get snow here I will faint!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

2nd meeting with the Governor

Just got back from a great meeting with the governor. He went over what he had achieved in his first three months and his plans for the future.

Getting the travel warnings raised, the one year tourist visa and lots of high power meetings and conferences.

He definitely wants a better Luxor, investment in light/eco friendly manufacturing to take away the dependency on tourism. He is trying to get Emirate investment for that. High quality cultural evening events, it was most encouraging. Well done his Excellency

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s sister recovered - Al Arabiya News

This is excellent news. 
Statue of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s sister recovered - Al Arabiya News: Egypt said Sunday it has recovered a statue of pharaoh Tutankhamun's sister looted from the southern Mallawi museum

The Magic of Luxor 2013 - YouTube

A regular guest sent this to me with a request to share it. I am really happy to show you his view of Luxor.

Mandarins are in season

On the way to the airport today I saw a road side shop selling my favourite fruit. Known in the Arab world as Yusuf Effendi. Do you know why, read below


Egypt: Another profitable development was the cultivation and large scale export of the mandarin, a fruit introduced by Yusuf al-Armani. Yusuf Effendi al-Armani, bought and brought with him mandarin saplings from the Island of Malta, and planted it in Muhammed Ali’s orchard. The fruit became popular and its production was so lucrative that it was named Yusuf Effendi after the enterprising Armenian who introduced it.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Mummy Mystery: Tombs Still Hidden in Valley of Kings | LiveScience

Fascinating article, I wonder how many more tombs will be discovered in my life time.
Egypt's valley of the kings overview photo
Mummy Mystery: Tombs Still Hidden in Valley of Kings | LiveScience: Multiple tombs lay hidden in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, where royalty were buried more than 3,000 years ago, awaiting discovery, say researchers working on the most extensive exploration of the areain nearly a century.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Egypt museum hurt by political turmoil - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egypt museum hurt by political turmoil - Museums - Heritage - Ahram Online: The century-old home of Egypt's mummies and King Tutankhamun's treasures is trying to make the best out of the worst times of political turmoil. But the Egyptian Museum is taking a hammering on multiple levels, from riots on its doorstep to funding so meager it can't keep up paper clip supplies for its staff...................

Monday, 2 December 2013

Luxor African Film Festival مهرجان الأقصر للسينما الأفريقية

Luxor African Film Festival مهرجان الأقصر للسينما الأفريقية

uxor African Film Festival مهرجان الأقصر للسينما الأفريقية‎
The Board of Trustees of the Luxor African Film Festival has decided to honour the great artist Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, for lifetime achievement, and a rich and distinctive artistic career at the service of the Egyptian film industry
Mahmoud Abdel Aziz has welcomed the honour which will be staged during the opening ceremony of the third edition of the festival on March 18, 2014 at one of the magnificent temples in Luxor. Among the events planned to honour the star there will be a spectacular ritual-like Pharaonic event whereby homage will be paid to the Egyptian star in the way the high-priests of Ancient Egypt were.
In line with its own tradition, LAFF 2014 will honour also one of the great representatives of Sub-Saharan African cinema. In its previous two editions, LAFF has paid homage to Malian filmmaker and director Souleymane Cissé, Egyptian actress Yousra, Moustapha Allassane, the Nigerien pioneer of Animation, Hailé Gerima, the internationally renowned Ethiopian filmmaker and last but not least Dawood Abdel Sayed, the Egyptian film director
The Luxor African Film Festival is organized by the Youth Foundation with the support of independent artists and the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Youth, and the National Bank of Egypt, in collaboration with the Governorate of Luxor and the Egyptian Filmmakers Syndicate.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

What is it like to fly to Luxor via Cairo?

With direct flights an issue at the moment you may be interested in the expereince of one lady to find out how it was for her and her family. 

My family and I had to do the Egyptair Heathrow-Cairo-Luxor trip in September after our Easyjet flight was cancelled. I was dreading it as travelling with a 2 and 6 year old you just want to get there as soon as possible. The flight ended up being one of the easiest and least tiring ever.

You check in at Heathrow, your hold luggage gets put on the Cairo - Luxor flight without you having to do anything. You are given a boarding pass for the London to Cairo and another for the cairo to Luxor when you check in. The seats are nice and roomy with a personal TV for each passenger with loads of TV and films etc.

On arrival at Cairo, it's so straightforward. You just follow the signs for connecting flights which leads you through Immigration where they stamp your passport, you go through a hand baggage scanner through to the departure lounge where a bus takes you to your connecting flight. On arrival at Luxor just remember that as your flight was not domestic only you will collect your bags from a different carousel to the passengers who have only done the Cairo -Luxor part of the journey, you will be lead through to a carousel in International arrivals where you collect your bags and clear customs.

Usually my husband and I arrive in Luxor drained from the journey and having to keep the children occupied, usually after dragging them out of bed at 4am. This was the first time I ever arrived feeling refreshed, probably because of the time of the flight (early afternoon instead of early morning) and the comfortable seats. Plus you get 2 x 23Kg to check in plus hand luggage. We only had an hours gap between the connecting flights. Go for it!!

Four mummies found in Aswan after attempted robbery | Egypt Independent

Four mummies found in Aswan after attempted robbery | Egypt Independent 

with a photo

Both Belgium and Denmark lift travel restrictions, whoop whoop

Just heard good news from Danish and Belgium friends. Today "Luxor, Aswan and cruises are green also from Denmark!" and yesterday "Good news! Belgium lifts travel ban to Luxor and Aswan!"  so get planning your holidays. Luxor is waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Friday, 22 November 2013

"Wonderful things" Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut — History.com This Day in History — 11/26/1922

Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut — History.com This Day in History — 11/26/1922: However, on November 26 they broke through another door, and Carter leaned in with a candle to take a look. Behind him, Lord Carnarvon asked, "Can you see anything?" Carter replied, "Yes, wonderful things."

Thursday, 21 November 2013

From EEF an update from ARCE on their work at Qurna

Update on ARCE Luxor's Qurna Site Improvement (QSI) project (protecting ancient and modern remains + tombs as latrines + Christians in Qurna + Giovanni d’Athannasi's (Yanni's) house)

ARCE Luxor's Qurna Site Improvement (QSI) project continues to record the ancient and modern remains left in the wake of the demolition of the modern hamlets of Shiekh Abd el Qurna and El Khokha.

For general information on the project, visit http://arce.org/conservation/Qurna/qurna-overview

For updates on two more debris areas that have been cleared and recorded, visit

Andrew Bednarski, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Director for Special Projects Project Egyptologist, APS Luxor The American Research Center in Egypt

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Saturday, 16 November 2013

More discoveries at Armant

CAIRO: A team of Egyptian and French archaeologists have found five heads of royal statues from the pharaonic era, officials from the antiquities ministry said on Saturday.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Minister of Antiquities announced the discovery of two Ramesside statues in Armant temple

Spotted on the Petrie Museum Facebook page - New discovery:
"The Minister of Antiquities announced the discovery of two
Ramesside statues in Armant temple by the mission of IFAO and
University of Montpellier. The first statue is limestone and of a temple scribe called Imen Hep. The other one is diorite rock of a high priest.
According to Ali El Asfar, Vice director of the Ancient Egyptian
antiquities department. The first statue is 69cm height, 48cm width
showing the high priest in a worshipping position on his knees carrying an offering table holding two Falcon heads representing God Montu.
The second statue is 92 cm height and 62 cm width shows the scribe sitting and between his hands, on his lap, a sarcophagus and niche which has a statue of God Montu inside holding an Ankh. The sides of the niche show different scenes of one of the family members of the statue owner. The sides of the statue show a repeated scene of a woman holding ritual tools." (from the EEF list)
The photo is from the website of IFAO's Centre Franco-Egyptien d’Etude des Temples de Karnak (thanks to Kara Cooney for the link). Go there for more photos and report in French.

Découverte de deux statues de dignitaires égyptiens sur le site d’Ermant, Haute Egypte « CFEETK – Centre Franco-Égyptien d'Étude des Temples de Karnak – CSA / USR 3172 CNRS

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Cross Egypt Challenge

Lots of lovely photos from the event today.

Egypt tours resume after Government amends travel advice

Egypt tours resume after Government amends travel advice: Red Sea Holidays announced today it will recommence excursions to Luxor from all Red Sea resorts with immediate effect.

"We are thrilled that the travel advice has been changed and delighted to restart our hugely popular Luxor excursion programmes," said sales director Jason Hilton.

Excursions take visitors to the Karnak Temples, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings, which were out of bounds for months due to the Foreign Office advice to British tourists to stay away from much of Egypt.

Egypt cultural tourism revenues see steep rise in October - Economy - Business - Ahram Online

Egypt cultural tourism revenues see steep rise in October - Economy - Business - Ahram Online: Cultural tourism, which makes up 20 percent of Egypt's tourism trade, sees 253 percent rise from September

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Al Bairat Family Clinic Al Bairat Centre for the Rehabilitation and Treatment of the Disabled

The Al Bairat Family Clinic

The Society Development Association in Al Bairat was formed in 1989 by a group of elders within the community who, were aware of the appalling conditions and poverty in which many families live and the desire to help orphans, disabled and disadvantaged children with no fathers or other parental support.

Want to Help!!

There are many ways of doing this.  Unlike many other charitable groups our first priority is not directly asking you for money, what we really need is your support and there are many ways of doing this.  With you we can do so much but without you we can do nothing.
If you work in the caring profession or are coming to Luxor on holiday or to live, then perhaps you might like to volunteer helping at the clinic.  Or, if you have time on your hands, you might like to act as a fund raiser for the Al Bairat Family Clinic to provide the things that the children so desperately need.
One way of doing this would be aworking holiday!  There are employment opportunities for volunteers for charitable work within the centre.
The aims of the Clinic are wide and we are sure you are aware the Clinic’s Funds are not bottomless pits, they need constant replenishing if we are to continue with our work and really make a difference.
However, if you would like to make a donation to the clinic appeal fund this can be done quite simply by bank credit transfer to the clinic’s dedicated bank account in the UK

Monday, 11 November 2013

Replica or original - which Tutankhamen tomb would you visit?

Replica tomb set to open in Egypt - eTurboNews.com: "Its existence will present visitors with the moral dilemma of paying to see the original tomb or helping to preserve its future existence by visiting the facsimile version instead."

Visitors to the historic royal tombs in the Valley of Kings are contributing to their destruction, the very presence of a tourist in a tomb causes humidity to rise and the effect on the delicate plaster work is comparable to putting a chocolate sculpture in an oven. So given the choice and presuming the replica is a high quality which would you visit?

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Cross Egypt Challenge - تحدى عبور مصر‎ are at Farafa

Status Update By ‎Cross Egypt Challenge - تحدى عبور مصر‎
We were not able to frequently update due to low network coverage,, but we have successfully arrived at our third destination on the route; Farafra Oasis.
Stay tuned and we will be providing you with photos and details on today's ride very soon!
They are due in Luxor on 13th November!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Mr Ehab Gaddis OBE receives congratulations from British community in Luxor

Mr Gaddis, General Hazez, Mr Ahmed
Mr Gaddis hosted a reception at his hotel to celebrate his award of the OBE. He generously donated a buffet (with chocolate profiteroles!). During the evening there was a slide show of his life and both General Hafez Husseim and Ahmed Noubi Mousa gave speeches congratulating Mr Gaddis.

Egypt travel restrictions relaxed - Telegraph

Egypt travel restrictions relaxed - Telegraph: Her feelings were echoed by Hisham Zaazou, the Egyptian tourism minister. "More than 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan,” he said on Wednesday. “As soon as the Foreign Office revises its travel advice for the UK, we will work tirelessly with our valued media, travel agent and tour operator partners to communicate that the whole of Egypt is open.

allAfrica.com: Egypt: Luxor Still Tourists' Favorite in London Travel Market - Governor

allAfrica.com: Egypt: Luxor Still Tourists' Favorite in London Travel Market - Governor: He said lifting the UK travel ban to Egypt will certainly play a key role in recovering the Egyptian tourism sector

Comment by Jan Bailey on Tutankhamun The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy

Reproduced with permission, this very interesting critique of the recent documentary.

Documentary "Tutankhamun The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy"
(condensed from the programme "Ultimate Tut")

EEF NEWS (796) included a critical press report:

I agree with  A.R.Williams who wrote the above review.

If Tutankhamun spontaneously combusted then why were the wrappings that surrounded him and the jewels that adorned his body not also burnt ?
The mummy of Seti is the same black color.

As to the missing body parts "due to a chariot accident", the mummy of Tutankhamun WAS found intact and the missing parts were buried with him. Burton's photos taken as the official record,  clearly show this.

It would have been impossible for Prof Douglas Derry who did the 'autopsy' to miss the fact that the left side had ribs, clavicles and heart missing.
The beaded collar necklace, with gold beads, was stuck to these body parts, and left there by Carter.  Now stolen in  modern times.
The skull cap and head band are also now missing, all clearly there when discovered.
Even his eyes are now punched out!   George Lucas commented
"The eyes are partly open and had not been interfered  with in any way.  The eyelashes are very long"

Even IF the heart was badly damaged, it was an important part of the journey into the afterlife and needed for the Judgement, and would not have been removed!

Even IF it was removed, everything, even the natron,  was kept and it would have been put in a vessel, like the internal organs, in the tomb.

KMT magazine  Vol.18 No.1 2007, exposed this modern day robbery in their magazine.

Even recent photos of the mummy of Tutankhamun show him with his arms at his sides - placed there for some unexplained reason, by the Zahi Hawass team when doing the CAT scan.     Not looking at the
original photos taken by Burton, a student in the future would wonder why Tutankhamun was not even buried with his arms crossed?

It is a shame that as the older scholars die out, and books become 'out of print' young people will watch documentaries, and read personal opinions in books, that are stated as fact, and are not.

Jan Bailey

Friday, 8 November 2013

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK Luxor is now GREEN to go - Travel warning raised at last

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK

Travel to Egypt getting back on track – without the crowds | Washington Times Communities

Travel to Egypt getting back on track – without the crowds | Washington Times Communities: Travel to Egypt may be a bit more adventurous these days but for those willing to buck the trends, it may be the best time ever to see some of civilization’s oldest and most stunning relics. Gone are the lines to get into the dazzling tombs of Karnak at Luxor. Quiet are the sands at the Sphinx and Pyramids at Giza just outside of Cairo. Peaceful are the resorts along the Nile and coastal Red Sea where upgrades are easy and there are plenty of lounge chairs at the pool. Tourism to Egypt is as eternal as the obelisks that honor the Pharaohs. All that’s missing right now are the crowds.

Egyptian Tourist Authority reassures travel industry at WTM 2013

Egyptian Tourist Authority reassures travel industry at WTM 2013: Mr. Zaazou stated, "More than 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan."

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Women's Self Defence Classes

From Facebook, please contact Lesley Hammam. If you don't have her contact details email me and it will be passed on.

"I have been asked if I would be interested in teach self defense classes here in Luxor so if you would be interested please PM me then I can gauge weather or not its a good idea. My credentials are I am a black belt in Shito Ryu Karate have been training since the age of 12yrs. I have been on the British squad competing for the UK and have been taught to teach the art by one of the head instructors for the UK who also happens to be a world number 3 referee. Price will depend on how many people and the cost of room hire ect.. so for now just let me know if your interested and we can go from there" I think it's a great idea!

 "Men heeft me gevraagd of ik geïnteresseerd zou zijn om hier in Luxor zelfverdediging klassen te geven, dus als je geïnteresseerd zou zijn, PM me, dan kan ik peilen of het een goed idee is.
Mijn referenties zijn: Ik ben een zwarte band in Shito Ryu Karate in training sinds de leeftijd van 12j. Ik ben deed al mee met de Britse ploeg en ik heb opleiding gehad om deze kunst aan te leren
van een van de hoofd instructeurs voor het Verenigd Koninkrijk, die toevallig ook een wereld nummer 3 scheidsrechter is. De prijs zal afhangen van hoeveel mensen en de kosten van het huren kamer ect .. dus voor nu laat het me weten als je geïnteresseerd en we kunnen vanaf daargaan."

"On m'a demandé si je serais intéressé à enseigner dans des classes d'autodéfense ici à Louxor, donc si vous seriez intéressé s'il vous plaît PM moi, alors je peux voir si c'est une bonne idée. Mes références sont: je suis ceinture noire de Shito Ryu Karate et j'ai été formés depuis l'âge de 12 ans. J'ai été avec l'équipe britannique en compétition pour le Royaume-Uni ; j'ai appris à enseigner l'art par l'un des instructeurs de tête pour le Royaume-Uni qui se trouve être également un des 3 meilleurs arbitre du monde. vePrix dépendra du nombre de personnes et le coût de la location chambre ect .. Donc pour l'instant laissez-moi savoir si vous êtes intéressés et nous pouvons aller à partir de là."

Monday, 4 November 2013

Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in Luxor | Luxor Committee

Discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in Luxor | Luxor Committee

Luxor’s most famous son is Tutankhamen and today is the anniversary of the discovery of the tomb. If you go to............

Invitation from Mr Gaddis OBE

From Facebook



Mr Ehab Gaddis O.B.E. requests the pleasure of the British Community & spouses of Luxor to join him celebrate receiving such an honorable award of the O.B.E.

With compliments of a cold snack buffet.
— with Ehab Gaddis.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Please share and buy from my Amazon Store for all your Xmas gifts

Buying gifts for Christmas from Amazon, please use my Amazon store, you pay the same price but I get a tiny bit of commission and every little bit helps :)  Amazon Store | Jane Akshar

Also remember my books and calendar, they all have great reviews and every penny I get helps us in Luxor.

Many thanks

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Egypt: SIS Sends a Message of Peace and Safety for Tourists in the World

allAfrica.com: Egypt: SIS Sends a Message of Peace and Safety for Tourists in the World: "I want to inform all those who love Egypt all over the world that Egypt is safe and moving steadily on the path of democratic transition. Egypt stands against terrorism and against anyone who tries to destabilize its security and stability. Egypt will continue forever a prosperous and safe country" Abdel-Ghaffar stressed.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Ehab Gaddis gets his OBE

Ehab Gaddis is awarded the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth by Mr. James Watt the British Ambassador with Tarek Saad the Governor of Luxor . Ehab is the Honorary British Consul in Luxor

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Chicago House letters and publications

Courtesy of EEF.

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the online publication and distribution of its Archeological Newsletters: From the 1950s to early 1973 (Oct 15, 1950-Mar 11, 1973) the Oriental Institute issued these archaeological newsletters to members and friends. The newsletters were written mostly by Oriental Institute faculty and researchers about their travels and work at more than thirty sites in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, India, and more). The newsletters were infrequently, then in 1973 Director John A. Brinkman initiated an expanded newsletter, News & Notes, that continued the field reports and included other news from the Institute.

The upload and distribution of these newsletters, more than 220 in number and more than 650 pages, completes the distribution of the older titles published by the Oriental Institute, At present every title since the Institute inception -- more than 450 -- is available for complimentary download.