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SKETCH MIKE SKETCH 9 Day Egypt Trip Sketches May 25 - June 02, 2012

Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara

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Copyright Š 2012 Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara Designed, printed and bound in the United States of America. All rights reserved. No part of this book (except small portions for review purposes) may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electric or mechanical, including photocopying and recording or by any information storage, or retrieval system, without permission from the author. For information please contact: mike@daikubara.com All sketches in this book were done using my new Sailor Fude De Mannen fountain pen my wife gave me for my birthday right before the trip - it can draw lines like a brush! Ink was filled with Platinum Carbon Ink - super fast drying and very water proof!

I’m also an Urban Sketcher! www.urbansketchers.org


Forward

A 9 day guided Egypt tour with airfare came out of the blue in a form of a Groupon deal for 41% off! It was a tour offered by Classic Escapes and it felt like an opportunity that rarely comes around so my wife and I jumped on it and we’re glad we did. The sun, the temperature, the tour schedule, the historic monuments, the constant haggling to buy anything etc.. Everything was intense about Egypt but so were the memories and experiences left over. Finding slots of time to sketch during this trip was a huge challenge but I learned to sketch quickly using my new Sailor fountain pen and ended up producing over 30 sketches. Most of them are rough and quick but I feel it captures the atmosphere of the place pretty well. During this trip my wife and I made dozens of new friends that we toured along with and it turned out to be a trip that we’ll never forget. We hope to be able to do more trips like this in the future!

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Mediterranean Sea

DAY 1

NY-CAIRO

DAY 2

DAY 8

DAY 3

CAIRO-NY

CAIRO

GIZA

EUROPE

DAY 9

EGYPT AFRICA

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Ni r

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Ri

DAY 4

CAIRO-LUXOR

Red Sea

LUXOR

DAY 5

LUXOR

LUXOR

ESNA

ESNA

EDFU

DAY 6

EDFU

EDFU

KOM OMBO

KOMBO OMBO ASWAN

DAY 7

ASWAN

DAY 8

ASWAN-ABU SIMBEL

ASWAN

ABUSIMBEL-ASWAN ASWAN-CAIRO

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ABU SIMBEL


May 25 - June 02, 2012

9 day Egypt tour schedule DAY 1 & 2 - NY | CAIRO

DAY 3 - Cairo | Giza • Giza Pyramids P10 • Sphinx P11 • Camel Ride • Egyptian Museum P12-13 • Khan El Khalili Bazaar P14 • Papyrus shop P15

P6 • New York City - Cairo P7 • Cairo - Giza Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids P8-9

DAY 4 - Cairo | Luxor P16 • Luxor Temple P17 • Karnak Temple P18

Cruise Ship: Amarco I P19

DAY 7 - Aswan P30 • Aswan High Dam • Philae Temple P31-32 • Perfume Shop P33 • Felucca (Traditional Sail Boat) P34-36

Cruise Ship: Amarco I

DAY 5 - Luxor | Esna | Edfu

Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids

DAY 6 - Edfu | Kom Ombo | Aswan

• The Colossi of Memnon P20 • Tut-ankh-amen P21 • The Valley of the Kings P22-23 • Al-deir Al-Bahari Temple P24

• Horse Carriage P26-27 • Edfu Temple P28 • Kom Ombo Temple • Crocodile Museum P29

Cruise Ship: Amarco I P25

Cruise Ship: Amarco I

DAY 8 - Aswan P37 | Abu Simbel P38-39 | Cairo

DAY 9 - CAIRO | NY P41

• Aswan - Abu Simbel • Abu Simbel - Aswan • Aswan Cairo

• Cairo - New York City

Hotel: Concorde El Salem P40

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DAY 1

New York - Cairo

First time on Egypt air. Clean and quite nice. This was the first time I saw a USB port and Phone jack built into the seat panel on a plane.

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Cairo - Giza

Bus ride from Cairo airport to our hotel in Giza. Crazy traffic and everyone on the bus is was falling asleep but Kana was taking lots of pictures. Lots of unfinished building were seen - heard it was for tax purposes.

DAY 2

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DAY 2

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Giza Pyramids view from hotel room

View from our hotel room - 2 Giza Pyramids! (3rd one could not be seen from our room). The hotel entrance had metal poles to keep cars out and a security guard with a dog possibly to sniff out firearms?


Hotel room layout on hotel letterhead

Room layout drawn to scale. I was pretty happy with the room but my wife was frustrated that everyone else on the tour had a bigger window and a balcony. It made her feel a little better when someone mentioned that the balcony was dirty.

DAY 2

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DAY 3

Giza Pyramids entrance

Early morning visit to the Giza Pyramids. Since they have limited number of people that are allowed in a day, we’re on line here luckily while seated inside an air conditioned bus.

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Sphinx

Rear of the Sphinx! I had fun with this view. Lots of people were crammed in a small area near the front to take pictures of the front so I went to the back where there was nobody. It’s too bad we couldn’t get up close.

DAY 3

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DAY 5

The Colossi of Memnon

Two massive stone statues the west bank of Luxor. The Small pyramid piece was something we bought from a vendor in this location - detailed and nicely made.

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Tut-ankh-amen

Tut-ankh-amen (AKA King Tut) in the valley of kings. It cost an extra 100 L.E. to enter this small area and photography was not allowed. It was quite an experience to be able to capture this sketch of the coffin and the mummy.

DAY 5

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DAY 7

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Philae temple

Temple entrance. Similar to Abu Simble, this temple had been dismantled from the original location and moved to this location because of the construction of the Aswan Dam. This temple had been flooded for half a century.


Perfume shop

Here‘s a store person giving us an explanation of all types of perfumes they carried in the store - most major brand perfumes could be purchased here as pure concentrates. They carried lots of beautiful glass containers too.

DAY 7

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About the author

Mike Daikubara is an Industrial Designer and Urban Sketcher capturing his everyday journey even when at home and much more when traveling. This is his 3rd sketch book release and he’s super excited about the sketches made on this trip to Egypt.

@ Giza Pyramids

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