Mar 25, 2017 - So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodby!
We are in Cairo, getting some rest before heading home. Yesterday, we left our ship at 4:30 a.m. for the 3 hour drive to Abu Simbel. We drove through the Western Sahara and there was nothing but sand. The sunrise was beautiful and it was all very quiet. We drove within about a hundred miles of the Sudan border. Driving up to this and all monument, bridges, etc., we have to driver slalom style through barricades of cement dividers and barrels. Terrorism is a part of life here, and everything is built to at least slow it down. We got to the...Jump to full entry
Mar 23, 2017 - Almost ending
We are close to coming to the end of our trip. Yesterday morning, everyone went off to the Edfu Temple while I hung around the boat and coughed. I have a chest cold and I'm coughing in everyone's face, so I though some down time would help. The temple is from about 200 BC and was built by the Greeks who were ruling then. It is the most completely preserved of all of the temples found. They came back for lunch and we hung around and I had a massage, which was wonderful. We sailed from Edfu to Kom Ombo during the afternoon and tied up at Kom...Jump to full entry
Mar 21, 2017 - Sailing down the Nile
Seriously, so much. Got up at 3:30am yesterday to meet Achmed and Mohammed for the ride to the airport. Security here is so strange - we had to send our bags through the x-ray and go through the metal detector to just get into the airport, but when I set off the metal detector with my bionic knees, nobody blinked. I've probably gone through 25 metal detectors since I got here and set them all off, and nobody seems to care. A short flight to Luxor. Looking out the airplane window, there is nothing but dessert for as far as you can see. This...Jump to full entry
Mar 19, 2017 - Nope, I was wrong....
The cooking class was wonderful, but not the best day ever. Today was the best day ever. Ever. Woke up early and headed downstairs for a very quick omelet. Met Achmed, the driver, and Joseph the archaeologist/guide in the lobby at 7. Off to the pyramids. In the traffic. Which is unbelievable. In addition to the six lanes in a four lane street, and the motorbikes, and the wandering pedestrians, you have carts, either motorized or animal powered. Flat carts with cargo or passengers, pulled by a three wheeled motor thing or donkeys. Or horses....Jump to full entry
Mar 18, 2017 - On the road again................
Started the day early. We tried to do a load of laundry in the washer/dryer contraption of the apartment in Rome. We figured it out just fine in Florence, so felt prepared to cope. We were not. The door didn't shut properly, so it leaked all over the floor. We must have restarted it six times because we couldn't figure out what it was doing. Couldn't stay up any more so went to bed and got up at midnight to see if it was wringing wet or starting to dry. There was movement toward the dry side, so went back to bed. Up at six, fingers crossed....Jump to full entry
Nov 4, 2016 - พีระมิดอียิปต์ ไปอาบแดด
พีระมิดอียิปต์ ไปอาบแดด พีระมิดในประเทศอียิปต์ เป็นหนึ่งในพีระมิดที่เป็นที่รู้จักโดยมีหลายแห่งในประเทศอียิปต์ เป็นสิ่งก่อสร้างของชาวอียิปต์โบราณสมัยก่อนยุคเหล็ก โดยเฉพาะ พีระมิดคูฟู ใน หมู่พีระมิดแห่งกิซ่า นับเป็นสิ่งก่อสร้าง ขนาดใหญ่ที่สุด ที่มนุษย์เคยสร้างขึ้นมาJump to full entry
Jul 22, 2016 - trip el Gouna Cairo to Abu Dabi
Photos attached need to go in El Gouna. But for now they can sit hete. Given today was just getting to the airport, flying, waiting,flying some more, you would think there would be nothing to report. Not so! First the taxi trip. Ordered for 4.00am. we stand in street waiting. not arrived by 4.10 Ashleys phones. The reply "Yes here waiting for you" after several exchanges re where are you? And him being in another place entirely but sure he was right and we wrong, he finally admitted he didn't know how to get to us. He was given...Jump to full entry
Jul 21, 2016 - Last day!
Nearly got a tour in a glass bottomed boat. Ashley rang to book it for this afternoon and was told as customer numbers had dropped they were now doing only one tour a day. And guess what? It had just left!! So I have had a swim, taken a few more photos, I have lost at rummikub AGAIN. Might do better at backgammon later on. Going to a special restaurant tonight for farewell dinner. Lots of going out for meals but as Ashley pointed out, without alcohol you're paying about 5.00 a head. My cold is hanging around but not too...Jump to full entry
Jul 20, 2016 - Around the canals. The Venice of Egypt.
Having slept through the night, gone back to bed and slept more then taken a trip on yet another Tucxi downtown to The Club ( a little restaurant with swimming pool, loads of seating and laying areas under trees or umbrellas. Spa massage and little art gallery and a sandy beach linking all to the lagoon) we had lunch, I slept again while Ashley and Karin went off to the bank. When they came back they had some cold tablets for me but more importantly they had learned to read Arabic numbers. The bank manager had said if you are going to...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2016 - More beach, food and games!
This is all over the place! Photos are from yesterday. Today another relaxed day. I managed to beat Ashley once at rummikub but he slaughtered me several times. Went for a swim. Christened new bathers. No wind so Ashley didn't kite surf. Photos are from yesterday. Had Indian for tea. Streets away from local Egyptian areas are fairly deserted.economic downturn hitting hard. I've managed to get my first dose of hay fever in at least 10years. It was good in the water.sneezing stopped and water much cooler than surface air. No tippy toes...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2016 - Beach food talk games
Last night we walked around mmarinas to a plaza with lots of restuarants. Went to a fish one. Ashley has to have fish and chips to find one that lives up to his childhood memory (dangerous that, is it ever as good?) He assures me freo was as good as the Greek guy at Scarborough. Mind you part of the joy of that one was eating them in the beach! But they were good! Anyway this one was way off so no more fish and chips at el gouna. had a better photo which will no doubt turn up. TG here are 3 double door/windows in lounge and two more in...Jump to full entry
Jul 18, 2016 - down town el gouna
After all the surfing off to tea. have had 2 rides now in a Tucxi. (Hate automatic text predictor.didnt realise it was on.....wonder how often other weird changes have been made? Tucxi just became Gucci! ) Anyway you've seen them in Asia. Ashley karin and I could squeeze into back seat. One seat in front for the driver. No doors. There's even an Uber Tucxi! Loved the 'old' area. Loads of locals at one spot playing backgammon eating smoking from the Hookah. (I had seen one at the beach and thought it was for opium until Ashley said...Jump to full entry