Finally we reached Aswan where further navigation down the Nile is prevented by two dams. Our boat moored opposite Elephant Island in Aswan. The Island is one of the oldest parts of Aswan and the whitewashed houses looked like something you might find in a Greek Mediterranean fishing village. It looked particularly inviting in the morning sun – so, always weak to temptation, I went on deck to get something down on paper.
Next to our boat, town dwellers waited for the ferry to the island. There are still many rickety ferries on the Nile, but the Egyptians are building new bridges and unfortunately their days seem numbered.
Now I am back home, I have been looking over my sketches and here is another one of the many fishermen among the reedy islands, one I didn’t publish at the time.
And here is the riverside as we approached El Minya with it’s boat building and repair yards that you also see elsewhere, all the way down the river.
I think that is almost all of the sketches. I gave a few to our guide, Salah, who was always checking out what I was doing, but what remains are a reminder of a super trip.
As I said in an earlier blog, painting a scene on a moving boat requires a special approach, as getting what you need down before it’s gone demands speed and a disregard for too much detail – probably not a bad thing in my case.
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