Feeling Slightly Sordid in the Manyal Palace Hunting Museum in Egypt
Let’s face it: there are only so many ruined monuments you can look at before they all start resembling, well, lifeless old stones. At times like these you need to visit the Manyal Palace Hunting Museum, to gawp at something that at least used to be alive. This eclectic display of King Farouk’s stuffed and mounted conquests is not for the politically correct, nor the faint-hearted. A line of over 120 Ibex heads stare reproachfully down at you, as you wander past exhibits of ivory tusks, buffalo heads, crocodiles, and even stuffed lions. Marvelling at dead animals is not cool, but the museum is simply too bizarre to condemn. There’s a mounted swordfish, a diorama of a giant lobster attacking a crab, and a puzzled-looking ostrich head—complete with huge feet, but no body. The crowning glory of the museum is an explicit photograph of a hermaphroditic goat … just don’t ask where the real thing is!