In just under a month, I will be emulating the adventures of the renowned Victorian author, editor and translator Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon by moving to Luxor, Egypt and documenting the life and culture of Egyptians both ancient and modern.
In 1862, shortly after contracting TB, Lady Duff Gordon moved to Egypt primarily for her health but she soon grew to love the country, earning the honoured title ‘Sitt el Kebeer (Great Lady), who “was just and had a heart that loved the Arabs”‘.
She wrote many letters, mainly to her husband and mother, giving vivid descriptions of her observations of Egyptian culture, religion and customs. These letters were gathered together and published as two volumes Letters from Egypt, 1863-1865 and Last Letters from Egypt, 1875. She died in Cairo on 14 July 1869, at the age of 48, and was buried in the English cemetery there.
I will be writing a separate blog - called 'Letters from Egypt' - to share my travels. I have a deep love for this country and its people; if I don't do this now, I know I will regret it for the rest of my life. The bonus is that I will be able to share it with you all! If you have never been to Egypt or are unable to go, I hope this will be a 'virtual adventure' for everyone who shares the passion. - for a virtual Egyptian trip click here
To read Lucie’s letters, visit https://archive.org/details/lettersfromegypt00duff