Category Archives: Great Western Desert

Behold: a zonkey is born … leading to thoughts about ancient Egyptian animals

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
Here’s a nice hybrid for you, born only four days ago and sporting an adorable set of striped leggings: A zonkey, the offspring of a cross between a zebra and a donkey, named…

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Posted in Archaeology, Egypt-Ancient, Elephants, Great Western Desert, Nile Valley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Green Mint Tea and Beduin Carpets at Mersa Matruh – and an Anniversary at El Alamein

Revised 19 May 2014 Mersa Matruh is about 160 miles west of the Alexandria, with El Alamein located in between. From the Mersa Matruh there were desert busses going south to the oasis of Siwa, which I visited on several occasions. Source. … Continue reading

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Posted in Cuisine, Egypt, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Graeco-Roman era, Great Western Desert, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants, War Games, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Green Mint Tea and Beduin Carpets at Mersa Matruh, Egypt

Green Mint Tea and Beduin Carpets at Mersa Matruh, Egypt. Each time I’ve visited Siwa Oasis, located in the Libyan Desert, I’ve stayed a few days at the small, picturesque Mediterranean town of Mersa Matruh – made famous as the camp of Rommel, ‘The … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-North, Egypt-Recent, Great Western Desert, History-Recent, Libyan border, Nile Valley | 3 Comments

The Sweet Dates and Bitter Olives of Siwa Oasis (Libyan Desert)

Siwa, the Oasis of Jupiter Amon: Recipes – found at the end of this blog: Spice Braised Chicken with Dates and Almonds Rice with almonds and dates (Ruz bil-loz wa bil-tamar) Brined Fresh Olives Some of my fondest memories of living and … Continue reading

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Posted in Alexander the Great, Cuisine, Food, Great Western Desert, History-Ancient, Libyan border, Macedonian conqueror, Middle East, Olive orchards, Recipes, Temple of Jupiter Ammon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments