Waking up bright and early on Monday morning, I took a bus down to Fayoum, a region south of Cairo, to visit two monasteries and Lake Qarun. There is a giant oasis in Fayoum so it's known for its beautiful environment and fertile land. My uncle graciously asked a priest friend (friendly priest?) from that area to help me get around for the day.
We went to the Monastery of Anba Abraam and the Monastery of Archangel Gabriel, both beautiful and serene. There were very few visitors at both of them which made for good reflecting time.
Anba Abraam was the Bishop of Fayoum in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is beloved by Copts. He has a long history of miracle-working and benevolence. I'm not sure when his monastery was built but it looks fairly new.