Alain Blottiere

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Vintage Egypt: Cruising The Nile in The Golden Age of Travel
by Alain Blottiere
Publisher's Description
A tourist perched on a camel, a Bugatti at the foot of the pyramids, high tea served in jasmine-draped gardens...these are the images of Egypt under the last kings, Fuad and Farouk, in the first half of the twentieth century. this era saw the birth of organized tourism on a grand scale, under the guiding genius of Thomas Cook, with fifty thousand wealthy adventurers boarding boats each year for the Nile. Among his throng, however, were those not content to be simply photographed in front of the ruins and then return home. In a country looking towards Europe and 'protected' by the British army, a very particular social set formed in Cairo and Alexandria. Within this cosmopolitan, ephemeral world, cinema and avant-garde theater flourished, featuring such stars a dancer Smia Gamal, director Youssef Chahine, and actor Omar Sharif.
ISBN: 2080108883
Publisher: Flammarion
Hardcover : 216 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.8 x 0 inches
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