A touch of Western culture in Luxor.

Well! We've just got back from visiting the Old Winter Palace, I even wore my linen jacket and proper shoes.
If you know Luxor, then you'll know the Winter Palace Hotel on the Corniche, and you will also know it's reputation of being a bit "posh". We go there occasionally for a special treat, birthdays and the like, and have "Afternoon Tea" in the Victoria Lounge. It is a rather grand affair with smoked salmon sandwiches, cakes and a jam and cream scone etc. The problem is that Egyptians prepare it in a French managed hotel, so that it is never quite right. Still lovely, mind you, but the scone is a bun and the jam is invariably orange marmalade!
Today's special treat was to go and see and hear the live, award winning, Irish harpist lady and her singing friend. The harpist was Lynn Saoirse and she played some delightful pieces as well as accompanying Donna Roche singing a variety of songs from different genres. It was a good break from our usual rounds. Donna's voice is as clear as a bell, and Lynn's soft touch on the harp balanced it perfectly.
If you are in Luxor now, and get the chance to read this, then take my advice and get along to the Old Winter Palace to enjoy this pair, they're only here for one week. In the afternoon, they play and sing in the Victoria Lounge between 4.30 and 5.30. Then they are in the bar from 6.30 till 7.00, but with the piano then.
If I have the opportunity to go again, I'll remember to take the camera!!!

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