In 2000 Garry, Stephen and I went to Egypt for an NSF MARGINS workshop and geological field trip (Sinai). In Cairo we visited the Egyptian Museum and we were in awe viewing the museum's wonderful collections. The Tutankhamun collection in Cairo is huge, the items displayed are breathtaking, and photography is allowed (or was in 2000). My photographs are shown below and do not do the pieces justice. At MFA, H today I was disappointed with the small number of items on display but the presentation of those pieces is excellent. If you have not visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo or the Egyptian collection at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) then you should visit this Tutankhamun exhibit.
Just so you know: I realize how fortunate I am to have the luxury of travel and to have lived in the New York area for twenty-five years. I am very grateful for the travel opportunities that I have enjoyed all my life.
Beautiful .... absolutely beautiful. Look at the exquisite face and royal beard (first photo) and the engravings on the back plate (second photo). Even today looking at these photographs I am still in awe of this death mask. I remember standing and looking at this mask for a long long time ... I was mesmerized and I did not want to leave.
A few scenes below from Houston, taken as we drove a French guest around town. The fountain in the Museum District and the buildings of Downtown (which is a dead place on the weekends).