Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cruisin' Giza


This picturesque old man works the crowds at the Great Pyramid accepting "donations" from tourists who want a photograph of him. The pockets of his galabeya are full of trinkets to sell as well. Thank heaven for a decent telephoto lense.

12 comments:

qvale4 said...

muy buen blog !!! saludos desde argentina.

Leif Hagen said...

I would have told him he had to pay to have his picture taken with me! Ha!

Dina said...

Well, his beard is worth a few coins. What do you call your little coins?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Piastres..can't buy much with them anymore. Same as everywhere else.

Shammickite said...

I think I met him when I was there.... or maybe it was his twin brother!

Jaz said...

It's quite funny, people pay to take pictures with an authentic "desert man" or whatever and what they're actually getting is an authentic Egyptian money grabber. As much a part of Egypt as the desert, so I wouldn't say it's a step down.

Kate said...

Very interesting photo! You must lead an interesting life!

brattcat said...

And what an interesting life he must lead.

Nevine said...

Very cool photo! Yes, those guys just don't give up, do they? They're one of those eternal facets of Eternal Egypt. Home just wouldn't be the same without 'em!

JM said...

Great composition!

Dina said...

Piastres?! That's what the old folks would still call our little coins when I moved here in 1968!

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Probably comes from the Turks. There are 100 piastres to an Egyptian pound and there used to be 100 millemes to a piastre....and you really could buy something with a milleme. When we moved here we found a tiny grey kitten on the street and took her home, naming her Milleme because she was small and relatively useless.