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Taking an 8 year old to the British Museum

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Those of you in the UK with children on half term break will have been seeking ways to have kept them entertained.  If any of those same children are in year 3 you will know they have been studying Egypt so the perfect time to take them to the British Museum to see all things Egypt!

Working in the travel business I felt well qualified to take my 8 year old god-daughter out for the day to see the Egyptian rooms at the museum.  However she immediately put me to shame on the train, by sharing with me and anyone who cared to listen, the whole story of Howard Carters discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and that the treasure was actually in the Cairo museum and not London!

Once we had established the fact that there were other artefacts to be seen we settled into a happy companionship about what our goals for the day were.

Looking at things through a child’s eyes we learn things from a completely different perspective and once at the museum we proceeded to admire the different items on display. The tomb painting of the nobleman Nebamun hunting in the marshes (picture above) from about 1500bc is painted in beautiful detail and my god-daughter cast a critical eye over the work and declared that the painting was good but would be better if they filled in the missing bits.

We explored the mummy room in detail and I was asked several times if there really were dead people wrapped up in those clothes. My replies of yes were backed up by the helpful x-ray pictures now on display on the cases as well which also show the artefacts and amulets still wrapped in the layers around the bodies.

We had to closely examine the hieroglyphs on the mummy cases so we could pick out the symbols that spelled her name and it was declared that the canopic jars we saw were far too big as the ones in her text book were much smaller!

canopic jars

On the ground floor the impressive statues were given a cursory glance and the Rosetta stone was declared as “interesting but I can’t read it”. I pointed out the fact on the left heel of the statue of King Amenophis III you can see the carved name of the Italian explore G.B.Belzoni, a bit of 19th Century graffiti, which fascinates me but was given the silent treatment by her. However the beautiful Gayer Anderson cat, representing the goddess Bastet with its gold earrings, nose ring and silver neck amulet was found to be very interesting. As of course was the shop were we looked at everything with great interest!  We bought a canopic jar with an Anubis head to show at school plus it was a vital “must have” item for the next part of the school project.

Gayer Anderson cat

We left for home after a very happy 3 hours and it is shared with you to say it really is a great place to visit. Plus it is free entry!!

All pictures are curtsey of the British Museum.

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What our clients have to say

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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