Just take a few minutes to come along with me and enjoy this personally guided tour of our beautiful and exclusive apartment, where we might be persuaded to let you stay as a part of your fabulous Egyptian adventure!
We'll start out in the main street, look up to the left to see the name plaque; "Haret Osman". (If you click on any of the pictures, you can see them all together, and bigger!)
Our street sign is of the old fashioned type, it was rescued by one of our neighbours when they changed them to the more modern design. The street is named after his grandfather, Ahmed Adam Mohamed Osman; Haret Osman translates to Osman Alley.
While our alley is typical of the 'old style' Luxor, being very narrow and inhabited mainly by different branches of the same family, the mud-brick house at the end is a relic of the original architecture, the rest of the buildings are now of the more modern, reinforced concrete, construction. (We still have the odd small earthquake here now and then, lol.)
After climbing the stairs, past the clinics of a local surgeon and a dentist, we come to the privacy and comfort of the third floor, which is exclusive to our guests and ourselves. Here we find the extraordinary oasis known as "Our Luxor"!
Peering through the open entrance doors; we catch our first glimpse of unmistakable Arabian style! The ablaq Moorish arch is emblematic of Egyptian architecture from the Mameluke period, and the meshrabiya screen is redolent of a faintly remembered, bygone age of the mysterious harem with its seductive ambiance! The hallway is otherwise sparsely furnished, with antiques set on a handmade woollen rug.
As we turn towards the large livingroom, we pass through another, striking, piece of meshrabiya work as we behold a room fit for a Pasha! Some of the sumptuous soft furnishings in this 'salamlic' (traditionally, the room where the Master's guests would be entertained) have been traded around the world before finishing up gracing the specially designed and commissioned handmade furniture of "Our Luxor". Antique desert prints, from the hand of a French artist, adorn one of the walls.
Temporarily leaving the gorgeous sights and textures of the One Thousand and One Nights, we can have a quick look into the kitchen; here there are all the usual (boring) kitchen things!
If you really do need to cook while you are on holiday; then the kitchen at "Our Luxor" has all that you will require: Pots, pans, crockery (hand painted) and cutlery, an electric oven with two hobs on the top, kettle and coffee maker. There is a fridge and a stainless steel sink and ample worktop space. (There's always chocolate in the fridge too!)
The bedroom is usually set with a kingsize bed, although twins can be arranged if required. The bed is as comfortable as it is welcoming, with European style mattresse and a decorative mozzie net. (Being on the East side of the river; this is just for decoration and is not required as protection!) We commissioned an English artist to provide us with the lovely stylised lotus flower.
Like the livingroom, this room is also air conditioned, so it can be cooled during the sultry summer nights, and warmed against the mild chill of our short winter. Again, the furniture was designed specifically for "Our Luxor", and handcrafted by local artisans.
The terrace has various seating possibilities, and rugs and cushions can also be provided. Whilst there is a large shaded area in which to hide from the sun, there is also ample room for the sun worshippers to acquire their daily 'fix'!
The view of the Sphinx Avenue and Luxor Temple is particularly impressive in the evening, this shot was taken just five minutes stroll from "Our Luxor".
If you're interested in joining us as guests, you can email us directly at email@example.com The basic cost for the accommodation and breakfast (for two people) is currently £25 per night, or £160 per week. We realise, of course, that not all tourists come as couples. We can accommodate extra guests, and we can also offer a self-catering deal.
Just email us (on the link above) or at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements or questions, we're only too happy to answer, as our purpose in being here is to make our guests' holiday the true 'experience of a lifetime'! Obviously, our services would be not be required by anyone with an Egyptian spouse, so we don't accommodate Egyptian nationals.
All that guiding has given me a thirst, so I'm off for some tea! Bye for now.