Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle

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It was a blustery April morning on the Thames Embankment in London when Anne Mustoe set out on a phenomenal lone cycle ride - to the original site of Cleopatra's Needle at Heliopolis in Egypt. Leaving behind home comforts, she set herself the challenge of travelling close to water wherever possible - via the Seine and the Rhone, then alongside the Burgundy canal, the Po and the Venetian Lagoon. Before she would reach her final waterway - the evocative Nile - Ms Mustoe would encounter the dusty yet beguiling Near East: Turkey, Syria, the Lebanon and finally Egypt itself. Anne Mustoe weaves a story of exquisite detail laced with the understated humour that has become her hallmark.Two Wheels by the Water to Cairo Anne Mustoe. ll. ... I stopped at a roadside fruit stall to buy four juicy tomatoes The boy in charge thought i wanted to buy four kilos and ... When i got it across to him that I meant [our single tomatoes, not [our kilos, he picked the best lour out of his box and ... over shyly with a gilt of an apple and two pears. l was in Turkey again, where generosity is as natural as breathing.

Title:Cleopatra's Needle
Author:Anne Mustoe
Publisher:Random House - 2011-08-31


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