egypt , memphis , rameses-ii , travel
Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
We headed to Memphis – a town founded 3,300 years before Christ by King Meni who united Upper and Lower Egypt. That length of time is just mind boggling to me as it is time I can get my head around yet it is more than the time we have had after Christ. A long time. It was the first capital of Egypt. It originally sat at the head of the Nile but as the river moved over time so did the capital. Memphis was at one time a bustling (to my mind it still was), cosmopolitan city with temples (Temple of Ptah), settlements, markets, and palaces. In the present there was lots to absorb being just off the plane. I can’t remember being in a city where horse and cart and camels travel on the roads (and they are hectic) alongside cars, buses, trucks and motor cycles.
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