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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘TOMBS of the Caliphs, east of Cairo, 1928. The set­ting sun fil­tered through an an­cient tomb, shin­ing right across its im­mense struc­ture from one win­dow to the other like a red eye, tinging the stone with a fleet­ing touch of blood. The necrop­o­lis had all the ele­ments of a ghost town: its de­serted streets, its struc­tures in­hab­ited only by sand and wind, and its in­creas­ingly dark shad­ows. The dam­aged mon­u­ments were dot­ted among more mod­est tombs. They were dis­pro­por­tion­ate in size . . . All at once the sand in the streets whirled up and was borne away by the dusk wind.’

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