Sand & Marble: Hitting the Trail in Greece & Egypt
Two of the most ancient and important civilizations to have ever lived (and still going), Greece and Egypt are essential to the understanding of human evolution. More than half the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World are to be found in these two countries. They are the Alpha and the Omega. What’s more, we still don’t have the full picture as archaeologists are still unearthing the remnants of these two ancient cultures. From Apollo statues in Delos to Isis murals in Karnak the search continues.
Hospitality is another trait that both countries share. Both Greece and Egypt have a deep rooted sense of philoxenia, or love of strangers.
And naturally, the food is another thing that binds them together. But in order to really understand and get to know each country one has to see and experience these things.
In Egypt, it goes without saying that the most iconic and well known monument are the pyramids and the sphinx. They are the everlasting symbol of Egypt’s glory days, when Pharaohs ruled the land. Situated just outside Cairo, there is simply no way you can visit Egypt without going there.
Everyone knows about the river Nile. This sacred river was the home of the ravenous God Sobek. Nowadays, it is slightly less murder-y and is ideal for Nile cruises.
GREAT TEMPLE OF RAMSES II
If you want a piece of history, look no further than Abu Simbel’s Great Temple of Ramses II. You’ll be wanting to dust off your Egyptology books and wander round this magnificent temple to truly get a grip on Egyptian culture.
In Greece, there’s surely no other monument as famous as the Parthenon. The history of western civilization is locked inside those 4 crumbling walls, and a visit to the rocky outcrop is enough to send your imagination on a tailspin.
But in order to fully understand the relation of ancient Greece to modern Greece one must reconcile what he imagines and what he sees. We suggest a stroll through Knossos Palace in Crete. The Minoan civilization is the first organized settlement in Europe. Ever. So seeing how people lived back then can give you a timeline glimpse into how things evolved.
Modern Greece may lack in history, but it more than makes up for it with the intangibles. And that’s the people and the vibe. Take a walk through Monastiraki and Plaka and observe the people over a coffee. One can understand much about a place just by looking at how people go about their daily lives.
Greece and Egypt share so much. From ancient culture, to food, warmth and hospitality to the way they interact with their families. With so much richness comes so much beauty. In between sand and marble you may just stumble onto something of value.