Saturday, October 27, 2007

A trip to Egypt

I'm such a parasite, working off the great ideas from all my sister bloggers … and this is no exception.

I started thinking about my favorite places, where I feel at home, relaxed yet energized, creative.

On my top ten list: The Temple of Dendur (ca. 15 B.C.). The structure was thoughtfully given to the United States by Egypt in 1965 and presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, so that I wouldn't have to make the long trip in time and space to see it.

I spent some time in this "room" a couple of months ago. The top photo shows the water that surrounds the temple; the bottom one gives you the setting: overlooking the east side of Central Park.

There is nothing missing in this wonderful spot, especially if you've managed to sneak a cappuccino in from one of the Met's many kiosks.

A series of photographs and documentation along the wall show the history of the temple and its amazing trip to Manhattan.

Here you can sit on the rim, walk into the temple, stare at the magnificent Central Park, take photos, write, or read, or pray.

Has anyone been here? Did it make your top ten?


Ellen said...

My place is walking along the banks of Minnehaha Creek in the night. (I have superb night vision.) The Mississippi River was good also, but a bit too large and impersonal.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...


One of my favorite places is the Cloisters, the museum there in NYC. Another is the Crypt cafe in St. Martins of the Fields, London. And then, as you know, I love South Carolina.

I've been to Egypt, and I was lucky enough to be asked to dinner with an Egyptian family. I rode a camel named Moses to the pyramids. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Camille Minichino said...

You're braver than I am Joanna. The NYC subway is the only ride I'd feel safe on!

I do love the Cloisters also.

Kathryn Lilley said...

My favorite place is right by the ocean--fortunately, within walking distance of where we now live. A brisk early morning walk by the surf aligns my mood and energy levels to meet the challenges of the day.

Anonymous said...

This really doesn't go along with the Killer Hobbies blog (which is the only blog I faithfully read every day), but couldn't find an email address for you. Will you be writing any more of the Periodic Elements mysteries? I discovered them last year, read them all straight through and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I am looking forward to your new Miniatures series!

Thank you for your time.

Camille Minichino said...

Allison, what a nice note to wake up to!

Fluorine, number 9 in the periodic table series, is on hold while I work to get this series on the road.

If there's one of the 8 in that series that you don't have, I'll be glad to send you a copy. If you give me your address, I'll send you a special periodic table and some other "goodies" from that series.

email me at

Anonymous said...

A fave would be the Cape seashore AND CV, especially 4301. On a more serious note, what a great miniature idea for assignments to school children to better know the wonders of the world. xoxoxo

Anna van Schurman said...

When I lived in NYC the Temple of Dendur is where I would go when I was feeling blue. I loved being there. It's my favorite place in all of New York. In L.A. it was El Matador beach, but I haven't discovered my favorite place in Phillie yet...

Camille Minichino said...

I wonder if the Philadelphia Museum of Art has such a place .. I've been there, but only for special exhibits with no time to explore.