Category Archive: H


Originally posted on artful journeys with ginda:
Habiba and her Bedouin girls No book about MY Egypt would be complete without telling the story of how our daughter, Bernadette, came to be a…

H is for Habiba

Meet Habiba, my Arabic-speaking alter ego! It is her fault that I have not been practicing my photography or posting new images to the blog. She has been busy studying Arabic and writing and illustrating… Continue reading

H is for Halawa

Halawa tahiniya, or حلاوة  طحينية, is one of my favorite sweet snacks in Egypt. Halawa means “sweetness” in Arabic and is made from tahina, a sesame seed paste, and sugar. It is typically… Continue reading

H: Harankush

Egyptians enjoy snacking on this tangy, marble-sized fruit – and their season is just beginning. Harankush is the fruit of Physalis peruviana. The plant is native to Central and South America but has been… Continue reading

H: Hats

Time to celebrate! When it’s holiday season, you can purchase these shiny hats from street vendors in Cairo. These particular ones were on sale near the Ma’adi souq (market) two years ago around… Continue reading

H: Henna

H is for Henna These henna-ed hands belong to a friend who was visiting us here in Dahab. Henna is the Arabic word for the plant Lawsonia inermis, which has been used since… Continue reading

H: Hibiscus

H is for Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa is a common flowering plant in Egypt. The petals of this flower are used to make karkade, a popular – and delicious! – infusion sweetened with sugar… Continue reading

H: Herons

H is for Herons This is a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) that I photographed at the Giza Zoo. I watched a group of these birds for hours as they alternately perched in… Continue reading

H: Hot Springs

H is for Hot Springs This is Hammam Musa (Moses’ Bath), near El Tor in South Sinai. You must pay to enter these hot springs – which weren’t actually all that hot –… Continue reading

H: Heron

H is for Heron This is a Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) in his gray or dark form. Taken on a hike along the coast from Blue Hole to Ras Abu Galum, South… Continue reading