One morning we headed down to the Nile for a ride on a falucca, just like the ancient Egyptians. All of our group, about 35 people, fit on one boat. We'd seen these picturesque boats sailing along the river and they looked so free and quick, we were eager to have a ride for ourselves. The Egyptian pilot and crew were dressed in light white woven shirts that came to their knees over baggy pants. They played a drum and sang and got us all up dancing and singing. While we were on the falucca, children in very tiny boats the size of a bathtub would come by singing songs like "Row, row, row your boat" and we would throw coins to them.
Other Egyptians were fishing from the faluccas or selling their wares. It makes for a busy and pleasant scene along the river.