I was super excited to visit the great Pyramids of Giza, just an hour away from Cairo. In epic style, I was able to take a camel caravan across the Sahara Desert to see one of the stunning wonders of the Ancient World. Afterwards, I visited the Sphinx and found my way inside a pyramid. It was a snug tunnel, and quite a work-out, but still amazing to experience 🙂
Hope everyone has a fantastic Lunar New Year! I was pleased to receive this card design from AGC Singapore utilizing my Red Asian Textile Background. It’s a beautiful combination of nature photography and traditional design.
Credit: Jolene Yeo, Media and Communications Unit, Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore.
Here is the original imagery. You’re welcome to download this beautiful red pattern for use in your backgrounds or artwork. More free backgrounds can be found on my Flickr Creative Commons folder HERE . Enjoy and happy creating!
Egypt is full of wonderful mythologies and mysteries. Kom Ombo is a fascinating temple in Aswan, Upper Egypt dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God of fertility and world creator with Hathor. He is a diety of protection. The Ancient Egyptians feared and revered crocodiles. The priests of Kom Ombo captured hundreds of crocodiles in deep underground wells, and supposedly adorned them with jewels to be placed within the temple pits. After the crocodiles died, they were mummified and are now on display at the Crocodile Museum. Such fascinating and amazing taxidermy exhibits!
For international travel, I always research political and social climates to find out appropriateness of actions, interactions, etc. As a solo female traveler, I chose to meet up with a tour group (for safety), wore appropriate conservative attire (to show respect for the culture and to stay lowkey) and found out about social mores. There are soldiers and tanks at checkpoints mostly on the outskirts of Cairo, but I had no safety fears while traveling in a group. Like all cities, there are underbellies, and spots that aren’t so great, but with a little common sense, no troubles at all. Now is a great time to travel to Egypt, since you don’t have to push through crowds congregating at the sites, and with a country so dependent upon tourism, the prices are really great. Just watch out for the aggressive vendors–you’ll learn to hone your bargaining skills like a pro!
My interest in traveling to Egypt was to learn more about the present culture, and the mysteries / history of Ancient Egypt, with the great monuments and exquisite artwork. I definitely am inspired to create new art… just have to dig in and start creating! 🙂
While I was traveling on my own–away from the group–I was delighted to meet dozens of curious lil Egyptians and fell in love with their smiles and energy. There were very inquisitive–asking my name, where I was from, how I liked Egypt, etc. Another reason why I enjoy travel–to meet new people and get inspired! Here are a few pics of them while in Cairo 🙂
“Ancient Egyptian Art Pins” is a 3-piece pinback button set that was created and produced from my own photographic images taken during my recent trip to Egypt. This is a must-have for anyone interested in the mythology and art of Ancient Egypt: Pyramids, Abu Simbel (Ramses II), and Nefertari. GET IT NOW ON ETSY.
“Gingerbread Zombie” is a deliciously fun homage to B-movie creature features. Wanted to take a little break from the dark gothic art and explore the lighter side of Black Christmas. It was created in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, while watching the amazing “Walking Dead” series on Netflix.