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1. Ruins of Shali

2. Around Shali

3. The town

4. The oasis

5. Gebel al-Mawta

6. Alexander's oracle

7. Temple of Amon

8. Cleopatra's Pool

9. Gebel Dakrur

10. Tourist Festival

11. Fatnis Island

12. Alexander's Tomb

13. Birket Siwa

14. Birket Zeitun

15. Well of Abu Shuruf

16. Libyan sunset

17. Bir Wahed

18. Night images

19. Losing paradise?


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The town

Siwa town, Egypt

I have been to Siwa twice, in 1994 and 2004. I expected much change when returning. But it was like time had stood still, even though the proprietor of the most popular restaurant, Abdu, no longer walks between the tables and chat with new and old guest. Now, he sits behind a table all day. But that is about the only important change I found. OK, there is a new bank, but this is built according to traditional patterns.
The town of Siwa is the cutest thing, a couple of streets and a little park in front of Shali. If you head out one of the streets in eastern direction, you find yourself walking on sandy tracks going through well-kept oasis gardens. No wonder why so many people love this place!
Siwa town, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen