Mink Machine

Egypt - Sand, stone and baksheesh

Cairo, Karnak, Luxor, Deir el-Bahri, Nile river, Hurghada.

  • Above the mother of the world

    Cairo is the largest city in Africa and home to 15 million souls. The city's silhouette is jagged with minarets, drowning the audio landscape with chanting prayers, adding upp to the already ambient noise from the rough traffic. In the narrow streets below is the old razzle dazzle ever present, from the mud-brick houses to the guttering bazaar of Khan el Khalili. At the far horizon there is a glimpse of the mighty pyramids of Giza.


  • The fog is the limit

    [Helen and Reine in Cairo]

  • The three stooges

    It's interesting to see the Nile's influence on the barren land. There is a clear limit where the desert starts.

    [Giza, Cairo]

  • Sand people

    Excuse me, is this the way to Mos Eisley?

    [Giza, Cairo]

  • The glue man

    Resistance is futile. We had to use a crowbar to get him off my back.

    [Reine meets the Glue Man in Giza, Cairo]

  • A big hug

    These are even taller than me!

    [Reine in Giza, Cairo]

  • Beauty and the beast

    [Helen at the Sfinx in Giza, Cairo]

  • Looking for the missing nose

    [Reine at the Sfinx in Giza, Cairo]

  • Fetch me a bucket

    This elegant courtyard can be found in the Citadel on Mokattam hill.

    [Courtyard of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo]

  • Inhabitants of the bazaar

    If you got baksheesh, you're the king of Khan el Khalili.

    [Khan el Khalili bazaar, Cairo]

  • Yalla

    Would you buy a used car from this man?

    [Reine in Cairo]

  • Staring across eternity

    The golden mask of Tutankhamun's mummy is probably one of the most well-recognized items of ancient history. The pharaoh died in 1323 BC but the tomb wasn't discovered until 1922 when British archaeologist Howard Carter found it in the Valley of the Kings.

    [The Egyptian Museum, Cairo]

  • No king rules forever

    Ramesses II was the most powerful pharaoh in the history of Egypt. The mummy was originally buried in the Valley of the Kings but later transferred between several tombs to keep it away from grave robbers.

    [The Egyptian Museum, Cairo]

  • People are people

    A common sight in Cairo.

    [Lars and Christian in Cairo]

  • Dusty tracks

    The Sahara desert is just like the Duracell rabbit. It goes on, and on, and on.


  • Tea in Sahara

    Out of gasoline in the middle of the Sahara desert is a very special experience.


  • Temple of death

    This is the funerary complex of Queen Hatshepsut, suitably located out in nowhere. After twenty minutes in this desert, you're toast as well.

    [Hatshepsut's Temple, Deir el-Bahri]

  • Desert sirens

    And suddenly the desert got even hotter.

    [Helen and Sofia at Hatshepsut's Temple, Deir el-Bahri]

  • Cry me a river

    A felucca going down the Nile in lower Egypt.

    [Going south by boat on the Nile river]

  • Before the sunset

    The sunsets of the Nile are nothing short of spectacular.

    [Theresa cruising the Nile]

  • Life goes on

    [Going south by boat on the Nile river]

  • Along the Nile

    [Going south by boat on the Nile river]

  • The twins

    The twin statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III have been standing here since 1350 BC, originally guarding the entrance to the pharaoh's memorial temple. But today they are all that remains of the once gigantic temple area.

    [The Colossi of Memnon, Luxor]

  • The guardian

    If this horse could speak, he would say 'None shall pass'.

    [Dark alley in Luxor]

  • The one that got away

    The entrance to the temple was once marked by two large obelisks, but one of them was brought to Paris in 1833.


  • Rock solid


  • Life in the shade

    [Christian and Theresa in Karnak]

  • Silent vigil


  • Columns

    [Luxor Temple]

  • The lifeguard

    Hasselhoff, drop dead. You've been replaced by someone with even more fur.

    [Anonymous camel at Red Sea beach in Hurghada]