Anyone interested in the more recent history of Egypt and Palestine should enjoy this video
Iowa State College landscape architecture professor Philip H. Elwood took students on a tour in the summer of 1930. This video covers highlights of the Egypt and Palestine portions of that trip. In Alexandria, Egypt the group makes a visit to an outdoor restaurant pavilion that was typical of all Oriental and European parks in this modern summer resort and shipping center. Also shows a typical crowd at a railroad station as they prepare to depart for Cairo.
The next stop was Heliopolis, a modern suburb and sporting resort of Cairo. By camels they visited the pyramids of Gizeh and stopped to rest in the desert near the Sphinx. Returning to Cairo they viewed the city from the heights of the Citadel, watched the English Tommies who were standing guard, and examined the Moorish architectural details. Traveling back out into the Sahara where it was 120 degrees, they viewed the site of the Metropolitans Museum’s recent excavations, the Great Step Pyramid and site of the tomb of Pernab.
Back to Heliopolis the group sees the Heliopolis Palace Hotel, modern apartments, the grandstand and Sultan’s Royal Box, and the Indian Palace. In Cairo, they watched boats along the Nile in the evening, and examined Egyptian agricultural methods of threshing, irrigating cotton by hand, and the use of a water wheel. They also witnessed a part of a three day wedding ceremony with fancy riding of Arabian horses, a caravan transporting building stones, and “taxi cabs” (camels) waiting for customers.
From there they returned to Alexandria and traveled to Port Said where they saw coal being loaded onto a ship at the entrance to the Suez Canal, playful dolphins, the train from Cairo passing along the canal, and the statue of DeLesseps, the French engineer and builder of the canal.
It was then on to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem, a tour of the British world war military cemetery, the Mosque of Omar and a view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane.