Saturday, 9 January 2016

Two different Egypt’s – Crochet amid the temples #ThisisEgypt

Sometimes I find the way Egypt is reported truly puzzling. The media is full
of dramatic stories of death and destruction and at the same time I am shopping
for crochet wool. I have recently learnt to crochet at the ripe old age of 60
from a friend and videos on YouTube. Having used up all my remnants from
knitting and tapestry I was delighted to find an excellent haberdashers in
Luxor where I could lots of gorgeous wool and cotton. It is located in Station
St about a third of the way up from Luxor temple.

Albair 01224297954 is a charming gentleman with some really weird open hours. I have found it best to phone before I go but he says he opens at 5pm. Today I went and found the shop
front closed and shuttered. Phoned him and he was in the shop!!! I spent about
an hour there browsing his stock, I was like a kid in a sweet shop, and spent
far too much. I now have loads of wool to keep me occupied. Luxor around this
time is bustling and busy, the streets were full of families. There was an
increased police presence at the checkpoints

In the meantime the media is full of awful stories of a completely different
Egypt. French tourism has not been affected by terrorist attacks in Paris and I
would recommend to anyone not to let Egyptian tourism be affected either. Don’t
stop your holiday to anywhere because of terrorists, nowhere is completely safe
and we should not let the terrorist win. As the British embassy website travel says

Egypt travel advice - GOV.UK: We are aware of an incident that took place at the Bella Vista Hotel on Sheraton Road in Hurghada, Egypt on 8 January in which a small number of foreign tourists were injured. British Nationals are advised to stay alert and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free.


Unknown said...

my friend Albair!
I know him since a long time because I like to make crochet and others
Marie from Medinet Habu

Marion said...

If I'm ever back in Luxor it would be nice to go and have a look. Looks like an Aladdin's cave of yarn!

Jane Akshar said...

Definitely an Aladdin's cave full of hidden treasures. Some are so hidden he has forgotten them I suspect lol

I just loved it and he was so helpful, disappearing off to another place to get the colours I wanted when I showed him my plans