Tuesday 7 February 2012: Dust storm hits Egypt!
It's been a really odd day here today.
A dust storm that has consumed most of Egypt, coupled with a strong wind has made it almost feel apocalyptic.
Luxor is totally devoid of colour, life and energy as the dust smothers the Mountain, Temples, streets, crops, villages and everything it touches. It was not even possible to see across the Nile to the East or to the West, the Qorna Mountain.
Date palm trees, buckling in the wind, the call to prayer muted by the heavy air, a whistling sound emerges from the Colossi of Memnon as the wind whips around the once, grand entrance to Amenhoteps' Temple. The Mountain lights came on earlier, as the day grew darker prematurely.
It seems even more desolate and baron without the sun.
No tourists, no cars, no donkeys and carts, people on the streets or in the fields.
The sun and vivid blue sky emanate an energy to the stone monuments, the people and the life here which draws an audience from all over the World. Except today...everyone is inside.