My story about cruising the Nile appears in No Fixed Destination: Eleven Stories of Life, Love, Travel, a new collection from Townsend 11, a publishing entity created by my long-term writers group. Get it wherever good e-books are sold, or download it to read on your computer or phone. Here’s the lead:
Up a Lazy River
Egypt’s story begins and ends with the Nile.
The great river made Egyptian civilization possible by bringing fertile soil and life-giving water to the desert. It set the stage for the world’s first stone building, for the great pyramids and Sphinx, for countless monuments to honor gods and rulers such as Horus and Tut, for the first nation-state.
And here I was on it, the silver water lapping the side of the boat as we poled away from the dock in the predawn light.
I had come to Egypt, as most tourists do, to see the pyramids, the mosques and palaces and souks, and the ancient temples and tombs strung like gems along the Nile. But it was the river that really spoke to me.