Cheers to my 300+ new followers, who stumbled upon Writing Through the Fog via Where Neon Signs Go to Die, my post on the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas. Thanks for following along.
Some of you may not know, then, that a few days before I went to Las Vegas, I was in Egypt. I’d been in Egypt for most of October and into the first week of November, then flew to Vegas for 11.11.11. In Egypt, I spent a bulk of my time in Cairo and escaped to the Sinai and Red Sea to a desert beach camp in Ras Shaitan (the Devil’s Head).
I also squeezed in a few days in Luxor to overdose on temples, tombs, and pharaonic ruins.
And quite silly.
Then again, this post seems silly. But I doubt I’ll fly that jarring Egypt-to-Las Vegas itinerary ever again, and since this odd, amusing juxtaposition of culture still swirls in my head, I thought to share it with you.
And so: the kitschy appropriation of ancient Egypt, courtesy of the Luxor Las Vegas:
Left: The Great Sphinx and one of the Pyramids at Giza. Right: A small sphinx-like sculpture with a pharaonic head inside the Luxor, next to a Titanic exhibition. (We’ll just ignore the fact that the Great Sphinx is in Giza, just outside of Cairo’s center, and not in Luxor.)
Left: A relief at the Ramesseum on the west bank in Luxor. Right: A painted relief near the lobby of the Luxor Hotel. Note the profile view and similar hand gestures. On the right, also note the blue color, which—in Egypt’s Luxor—was a gorgeous accent on temple walls that were somewhat preserved, as in Habu Temple on the west bank. (Unfortunately, my camera died when I arrived at Habu, so I have no photos from that visit.)
Compared to the hieroglyphs in Egypt…
More Photos of Egypt:
More Posts on Egypt:
- Photos of Egypt, I: From the Citadel to the Streets in Cairo
- Photos of Egypt, II: The Desert, the Red Sea, and the Devil’s Head
- Photos of Egypt, III: The Temples and Streets of Luxor
- Photos of Egypt, IV: Cairo Street Art on Gezira
- Notes and Numbers from My Moleskine: Egypt, Details, and Sensory Overload