Saturday, 31 January 2009
I love vistas. The possibilities are endless. This one is located in the Gayer-Anderson Museum in Cairo. This 17th house is filled with furniture, carpets, curios, antiquities and artworks that were collected by Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha, an English eccentric and self-described Orientalist.
There are many myths attached to the house. My favourite is that God spoke to Moses on this very spot, which I don't doubt for a moment.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
This is what I love: a vast, empty ballroom just waiting for me to waltz like a whirling dervish. It is a part of the Manasterly Palace on the Nile in Cairo, and is now used for concerts. Click to enlarge.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
This bench is located outside a house in Amsterdam. I imagine L and H seated there on a summer's evening, enjoying a glass of Sancerre. A cat brushes tenderly past them before heading stealthily for a large pigeon.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Meet Mahmoud. Like many kids in Egypt, he sells tourist souvenirs to supplement the family income. But Mahmoud's different. He's fortunate because he lives next door to Luxor's Egyptology Centre. This means that visiting experts from abroad come and buy his wares. He's also picked up English from them, which he speaks fluently. His next piece of luck is that he met Bertje, my partner. She said, "Mahmoud, you've really got to think about your marketing and presentation. What you need is a display case with drawers to showcase your goods properly." So - with some help from his dad - he built a box from cardboard and sellotape. The rest is down to him, and he's clearly a natural entrepreneur with a keen eye for sourcing new and and unusual items. My purchase was a bead in the form of a head of a young pharaoh, which I will treasure.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
With his linen scarf and pierced ears, Tutmosis IV maintains a peerless sense of style nearly three-and-a-half thousand years after his reign as the 8th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt. He is now a resident of the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, where I visited him last week.