Excursion on the River Nile Egypt about 1892

EXCURSION BOATS ON THE NILE, EGYPT — There are two modes of travel open now to the voyager on the Nile. One is the steamboat journey, which is expeditious, comfortable and comparatively inexpensive. The other is a voyage on one of the Dahabeeahs, or private boats, represented in this illustration. Where time and money are of no special consideration, the Dahabeeah is of course much to be preferred. One is thus absolutely independent of “schedule time;” he can linger as long as he likes at certain points, and he can choose his own companions — a most important matter where one must otherwise travel for weeks with strangers under very peculiar circumstances and in a very limited area. The traveler who hires at Cairo one of these boats, together with its crew, is for the time the master of a floating castle, and if his Dragoman be a reliable one, and his subordinates honest and obedient, it is almost impossible to imagine a more delightful way in which to spend weeks and even months than on the surface of this majestic river, in the most delicious of climates, untroubled by a drop of rain, and surrounded by the grandest ruins of antiquity. The busy and exciting Western World is left behind and almost forgotten, as we glide day after day along this old historic avenue of Egypt, which leads us back amid stupendous temples through the mirage of memory and imagination to the great dawn of human history. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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