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Oct 25, 2018 - Cairo to Alexandria

Sunday, continued The group met at 6:00 and there was a good overview of the tour with our guide, Ahmed. (the Ah is pronounced with that hacking-up-a-hairball sound like ‘Akh’). The group includes Australians (3), Americans (5), Canadians (2), and British (2). Some poor folks had delayed flights and got in at the end (or after) the meeting. After the meeting, several of us walked down the street to a local restaurant, negotiated the Arabic menu, and got something tasty. I wasn’t too hungry and ended up with a rolled schwarma, kind of an...

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Egypt 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - Alexandria and Cairo

History: Alexandria, Egypt founded by Alexandria the Great in 331 BC. Spread at the mouth of Egypt’s Nile River it grew to the second most powerful city in the world after Rome. Bused to Cairo with Uzi armed security’, visited the museum of Egypt , lunched and cruised the Nile, then off to the pyramids of Giza. They are magnificent as is the Sphinx, always thought they were in the middle of the desert but actually they are right outside the city of Giza. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Apr 21, 2018 - Alexandria, Cairo museums and Giza Pyramids

Alexandria, named for Alexander the Great who conquered Egypt for the Greeks and started the Ptolemy linage of which Cleopatra was one, centuries later. Alexandria is Egypt’s largest city. Very cosmopolitan looking as we drive the 120 miles to Cairo. Modern toll roads this time. Not the speed bump, barricade slalom on the road to Luxor. Don’t have a Tourist policeman on our bus either today, but they are on some of the other buses. The drive from Alexandria and Cairo is mostly farmland, with stretches of desert. Our guide, Shari, informs us...

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Apr 13, 2016 - 13 April 2016 - Alexandria, Egypt

Left at 8am on Wednesday morning for the drive to Alexandria, and our police escort is still here! At each checkpoint we are handed over to the next shift and they stick to us like glue, putting their sirens on at intervals to keep us in line. At one point one of the policemen decided to ride on the truck with us but as he doesn't speak much English we weren't able to find out much. But I think there have been some problems in Sinai recently. Our drive took us over the Nile delta and along the Mediterranean coast, and we arrived in...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Technical difficulties combined with lack of time and writers block

Hi everyone I have quickly learned that while I like to pontificate in my personal journal, writing for family and friends takes on a life of its own. My excuse also includes limited internet availability but today I bought an Egyptian SIM card for my iPad so we should be good to go from now on. You can follow our detailed itinerary by clicking on the itinerary button on the front so I will spare you those details. Jordan was beautiful ....well except for the night we camped with the Bedouins in the middle of Wadi Rum. We had a vey little...

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May 7, 2013 - Alexandria, Egypt

5/7 – 5/11 After three sea days we arrived at the port of Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria is the second largest port on the Mediterranean Sea (first is Marseille, France). In this port we had arranged a two day tour with Alex City Travel. It turns out our tour guide, Hany (who also owns the tour company), has a great deal of experience in the field. In 2009 he was part of the escort for President Obama. He certainly did a good job for our group which included about 40 people on a large bus. The tour started with a quick drive around...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Parte 2 - Alexandria

Alexandria – 24/12/12 Saimos do Cairo no dia 23 de dezembro, a noite, rumo a Alexandria. A viagem nos empolgava. Nao apenas por comecar a trilha que preparamos pra nossa trip mas tambem por sair do caos cotidiano da capital do Egito. Na chegada ao Egito tudo eh novidade e surpreende: os olhares na rua para a Renata, o estilo de vida enlouquecedor dos egipcios, a confusao do transito, a vida pela religiao islamica, enfim, tudo. Mas depois de alguns dias, essa empolgacao toda da lugar a um certo repudio pela confusao. Sonhavamos em chegar em...

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Feb 3, 2012 - Day 16 of our trip

Today is the last full day of our trip and we will spend the entire day in Alexandria. In the morning we will visit the catacombs of Kom Ash-Shuqqafa (I love catacombs!!) and then visit the Graeco-Roman Museum, Pompey's Pillar and Fort Qaitbay. We have free time in the afternoon where I plan on spending as much time as possible in the Alexandria Library. This is a beautiful building with rooms built specifically for reading (Matthew would love this place!) and it can hold 8 million books (I don't think I will have time to read them ALL, but...

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Egypt Trip 2012

Jan 24, 2011 - See the Pyramids along the Nile

First sorry about the very LONG paragraph about Rome---I am not very happy with this Trip Journal site-----------it takes me about 45 mins. to do each entry, and then it loses it or messes up the pictures and I have to start all over...............I usually break off my paragraphs, but when I hit send it does it as one big entry. So hope you can endure. Anyway getting to the ship was an ordeal......the Rome Station is a busy place (metro down below, shopping mall above, and the train station at street level). We entered at track...

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Transatlantica

Dec 13, 2010 - Day three at sea ...

At Sea ... day three ... December 13 We have learned that our experience on the “Brilliance of the Seas” hit CNN. Good grief! Yes, there is damage on the ship, but we were well cared for and doing well. Here’s the latest update ... We have now been three days at sea with limited dining options, very little if any entertainment, and no access to “fun” activities. And, it wasn’t until late yesterday that the bars opened. So, you can imagine that people’s nerves are frayed. About the food ... While it’s true we are being fed, there were two...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Rockin' and Rollin' at sea

At Sea Dec 11 and middle of the night December 12 ... We have always looked forward to our days at sea. It’s a chance to relax, read a book, go to the spa, or snooze by the pool. However, today there were rough seas, much more severe than is usual this time of year. To keep everyone safe, the captain closed the four central elevators, all of the pools and hot tubs, and outside decks. He also advised those with a balcony to keep exterior doors closed. The storm we entered got much worse in the middle of the night. On the morning of...

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Dec 2, 2010 - Alexandria

Modern Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt. Set on the shores of the Mediterranean, this port city is the perfect counterbalance to the intensity of Cairo. Here, the Nile is no longer the lifeblood of the community; instead the Mediterranean Sea and its maritime influence take the forefront of importance. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., most of the buildings and monuments of the Hellenistic period and beyond lie under the city or in the Sea.

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

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