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  • One may travel for league after league along this slimy water and make head for days and weeks against its current -- which glides everlastingly past the dahabiya, in little hurrying waves -- without seeing this warm, fecundating river, compared with which our rivers of France are mere negligible streams, either diminish or increase or hasten.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • But the classic expedition by dahabiya, the ascent of the river from Cairo to Nubia, will soon have ceased to be worth making.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • I set out from Luxor, where for many days my dahabiya had slumbered against the bank of the Nile.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • Whoever has journeyed in a dahabiya up the old river will remember this song of the water-drawers, with its accompaniment, in slow cadence, of creakings of wet wood.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • The waters of the Nile being already low my dahabiya -- delayed by strandings -- had not been able to reach Luxor, and we had moored ourselves, as the darkness began to fall, at a casual spot on the bank.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • It is necessary to proceed farther and for the halt of the night to seek an obscure hamlet, a silent recess, where we may moor our dahabiya against the venerable earth of the bank.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • Leaving the cosmopolitan town of modern Cairo, the iron bridges, and the pretentious hotels, with their flaunting inscriptions, it imparts a sense of sudden peacefulness to pass along the large and rapid waters of this river, between the curtains of palm-trees on the banks, borne by a dahabiya where one is master and, if one likes, may be alone.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • How shall I find a quiet place for my dahabiya, where the functionaries of Messrs. Cook will not come to disturb me?

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • I remember those clear evenings when, after the peaceful navigation of the day, I used to stop and draw up my dahabiya to the bank of the river.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • It is there, it seems, where we must stop our dahabiya in order to proceed to the fabulous palace which the rising sun has just disclosed to us.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

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  • "He spoke in a hushed voice. "I traced Madame Lefoux to the dahabiya docks. A peculiar sort of place. Lost the scent there. I'm afraid she may have boarded a ship. ...""

    Timeless by Gail Carriger, p 278

    July 11, 2012