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  • Day5

    Das 'rote' Ägypten

    December 30, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Ein bisschen Action muss auch mal sein 😁
    ...Quad- und Jeepfahrt durch die Wüste...ein 'Beduinendorf' ...wobei wir immernoch nicht wissen,ob wir Kamel oder Ziege gegessen haben 🤣

    PS: Es sind nicht die Alpen...aber das Rote-Meer-Gebirge hat auch seinen eigenen Charme... ⛰

  • Day8

    Das ''grüne' Ägypten

    January 2 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    ... trotz der aktuellen Sicherheitslage haben wir uns heute Luxor im Landesinneren angesehen...
    - Karnak-Tempel
    - Tal der Könige
    - Hatschepsut- Tempel
    - Nil
    ... und gaaaanz viel wildes Alltagsleben ... und einen Führerschein braucht man hier irgendwie auch nicht 😅...das Chaos regiert sich selbst!

  • Day9

    Hard Rock Café

    January 3 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Zur Feier des Tages noch im HRC vorbeigeschaut... interessant, wie einige Lieder klingen, wenn sie einen arabischen Touch bekommen 😎😁

    PS: Heute haben wir den Ägyptern erklärt, was eine driver licence ist 🙈 ...🤣 das erklärt den Verkehr hier!

  • Day6


    December 31, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 14 °C feiert man als Touri in Ägypten Silvester 🤡😂

    PS: Erschreckend und zugleich witzig, dass Deutschland mit folgendem assoziiert...bzw auf folgendes reduziert wird:
    Oktoberfest, Brandenburger Tor, Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest UND Helene Fischer!
    Achja...und für Österreich wurde das Rathaus München eingeblendet 😂🙈Read more

  • Day3

    Cairo & The Pyramids of Giza

    May 10 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    An amazing day...finally made it to Cairo. Flying over the Sinai Peninsula was quite surreal. There is a photo of the Suez Canal. The water was stunningly blue amid the dun colour of the vast desert.

    On arrival, we negotiated a taxi to the hotel. No mean feat. In the car (battered for reasons later learned), it was about a 45 minute drive to our hotel. The architecture is polar opposite to Macau - people live in buildings that have been unfinished (for decades, it seems!). There is no colour, likely due to the sand and dirt that would blow in. Everything is a dun colour

    To my surprise, our hotel was bathed in the shadows of the Pyramids of Giza. Security is a major theme here. The hotel has a security scanner before you can enter, though it appears like something that was bought from a second-hand store as a used model many many years before. After a hot shower, we fired up the walking shoes and hiked to the pyramids. Simply amazing, and definitely on our bucket list. I absolutely had to touch what I could to soak it in, and we clambered up some where we were allowed. We hiked the entire site, and fended off the hundreds of offers for horse and buggy or camel rides (literally hundreds, and they do not like “no” for an answer). I felt sorry for these poor animals, especially the tough little horses. They slide down the paved roads on their way for another load of lazy tourists! They look like they’d get shot if they fell. They camels were a lot tougher, but it is all such a gimmick. ‘Specially when we learned many are imported from Australia!

    We ended the hike with The Sphinx, and as you can see, Paul put on his enigmatic face to contemplate the riddle! It is the stuff of legends, and I guess the same is true when you meet someone famous, or see the Mona Lisa for the first time. You think: I thought it would be bigger... 😜, but it is sensational.

    We are just settling into a local meal in restaurant. Think El Jannah chicken,and lamb kofta kebab. It is the first week of Ramadan, so the days are quieter,and the evenings are busy, as the people out to eat! We are bemused by a huge intersection below us. There is no belly-dancing during Ramadan, but this was entertainment enough. It is a case of anything goes, and the traffic lights seem to be there just for the pretty colours.

    Our view at dinner is the Pyramids, and amazing traffic!
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  • Day4

    The Egyptian Museum

    May 11 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We both woke super early this morning(see my earlier post!), so had a leisurely morning over breakfast and coffee. We then packed our gear, and the hotel stored it for us, then we hit the street. We negotiated a driver, Ibrahim, a toothless wonder, to take us to the Egyptian Museum. The new museum, being built across the road from our hotel, will unfortunately not be ready til next year (at least). It will, however, be worth it. Recommend anyone planning to visit Cairo wait for it to open! The building is massive!

    So, the drive was about 30 minutes, and asJill will attest,they are mad, but amazing drivers! We arrived to the Museum at 9.30 am,and Ibrahim went to find a spot to sleep, to come pick us up at 4 pm. All that for 150 EGP (about$12).

    The museum is amazing, but everything is jam packed in. There has not been much care of the artefacts, and most of the display labels are so old they’re barely readable. But, the artefacts themselves are mind blowing. There were two royal mummy rooms that we paid extra to see, but photography was not permitted. Ramses, Hatshepsut, all the Thutmoses and Akhenaten were there. Very surreal to see the bodies of these Pharoahs I studied in high school. It almost is sacreligious - I’m sure this is not what they planned their after-life to be. Other mummies still are stacked up on shelves, three and four high!

    Tutankhamen had his own room, with artefacts I studied at school, the gold throne, the gold mask. Unfortunately,I did not see the ‘no photography’ sign, and I was made to delete the great photo of the mask I got. Oh well! It is in my head, and was amazing.

    We wandered through the museum for about 5 hours. Too early for Ibrahim, we decided to walk to the Nile,and cross a couple of bridges. It was quite warm at this stage, so the walking was hard. We took our life in our hands, and crossed the road a few times. This is no mean feat - there are no traffic lights with pedestrian signals, and certainly no zebra crossings! Somehow it works, and we didn’t die. A great achievement, I think! There are no lanes, so there an be 6 cars across what is essentially a 2 lane street. In between that, pedestrians run across the road. It is chaos,with the beep beep of car horns, motor scooters with three people on ( the rider, his wife in her galabaya side saddle across the back, and at least one child sandwiched between, or perched in front of the rider. They weave in and out of the cars. , who miss them, and each other by centimetres.

    The afternoon was very hot, so we went to the Ritz- Carlton for drinks by the pool. It was bliss. We are both a bit jet-lagged today, after a very busy couple of days, so at 3.30, we Called Ibrahim to come get us.

    We got back to the hotel, collected our bags, and persuaded Ibrahim to drive us the one hour to the airport. He took us by way of Old Cairo, which was very interesting. We passed the tomb of Anwar Sadat, guarded by soldiers.

    So, now here we are, awaiting our flight to Aswan, ready for more adventures tomorrow!
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  • Day8

    Valley of the Kings

    May 15 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    This morning was very special. We got up at 3.15 am to go ballooning over the Valley of the Kings. All I can say is “wow”!

    We were in a basket with a bunch of giggling Japanese girls, some Brits, an Aussie and a delightful Brazilian guy.

    Our balloon was the first one up, and we soared high above the other balloons, then rotated to view the Nile and the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Hatshepsut’s Temple was large and spectacular.

    Watching the sunrise over the Nile was surreal.

    We landed in a desert region just before 6am, and the process of the team to pack up was amazing. Little boys came surging toward us on donkeys, but our ballon pilot warned us not to give them money, as they would start fighting if they all didn’t get some...

    We were collected by Hany and our driver, and had our packed breakfast in a cafe, with hot sweet mint tea, which was delicious! Then, off to our next adventure...
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  • Day6

    Philae, Aswan, Egypt

    May 13 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    Today, we were collected at 9am from the hotel by our guide for the next 4 days, Hany. Hany took us to the Aswan High Dam, a very important site, built in 1960s, above the low dam built in 1902. It created Lake Nasser, the source of fresh water for Egypt, and is 500km long.

    Next, we went to a marina,to catch a little ferry to the island of Philae. The was the site of another temple relocated entirely to higher ground due to the dam. It was partially under water for many years, but they built a coffee dam around it, before carving it up and raising it to a small island where it now sits.

    The Temple of Isis is interesting because there is much Greek influence here, by the columns, and some of the glyphs. The early Christians defaced much of the carvings,as you can see in some of the photos. The cartouche spells out the name of Queen Cleopatra.

    Hany then took us to our boat, the MS Amwaj where we checked in to our room. We decided, because the temperature had hit 40 degrees, that we would forego a planned trip to a Nubian Village,and relax by the swimming pool, which was lovely. We had a peaceful afternoon, catching up on some much needed sleep. This evening,we had a buffet dinner and a few drinks, before a Nubian dance show. There was lots of drumming, and dancing by males. We have noticed that there are no women working on this boat that we have seen yet, which is interesting...

    The ship departs Aswan in the early hours, and we are meeting our guide Hany at 6am for a tour to a temple, then back for breakfast. We feel fortunate, in that we have Hany to ourselves. There is a big group of 40 or more people (Americans and Brits), and we are glad not to be with them. We did meet a young lady who was so excited to hear our accent - she was in one of the big groups with all older Americans, so she was very happy to talk to us!
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  • Day5

    Abu Simbel

    May 12 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 30 °C

    Today we had one thing planned - the trip to Abu Simbel. We were collected by our driver, Ramon, a young man of few words, but very efficient. The drive to Abu Simbel is 3 hours and 280km through the desert. There are a number of military checkpoints to cross, and it was only until recently that you had to get a military escort to get there. Most tourists leave at 4.30 am to go on the drive. Given we only arrived to Aswan after midnight, we opted to leave at 9am, and it was a brilliant decision because there were only about 6 other tourists the whole time we were there!

    The drive was long, through the Nubian desert and Paul & I both dozed. We got to the temple just before 12, and purchased our tickets. 200 Egyptian pounds each for us, and 300 pounds extra to take photos inside the tomb. The site is on the edge of Lake Nasser, and when you consider the whole site was relocated several hundred metres vertically in 1964 to 1968 when they were creating the dam, it is an amazing engineering feat.

    They created to rock face to mount the temple, and proceeded to carve it up, with 4mm slices. It was then relocated piece by piece high above the water.

    The temple was built by Pharoah Rameses II and his wife Nefertari in 1264 BC. It depicts his victories, and it is believed that the size of his likenesses was to ward away the enemies from the north. It is very interesting, as we saw the mummified remains of Rameses II at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo!

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  • Day7

    Edfu - The Temple of Horus

    May 14 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    In the afternoon we were placed on a horse and buggy, and driven through the streets of Edfu to go to The Temple of Horus. This experience was exactly how I’d pictured the Middle East! The sights and sounds of wild traffic, the rush rush of people, the bazaars, the women in full hijab, the men in galabayas and headdress, kids on donkey carts, it was amazing!

    The temple was built by Ptolemy between 237 and 57 BC, and is dedicated to Horus, the falcon god son of Osiris and Isis. It was really interesting, and our guide Hany explained many of the hieroglyphs and stories associated.

    The inner sanctum had a highly polished granite crypt, so polished it looked like silver,that used to house a golden statue of Horus. There is a wooden boat before the shrine, that would have taken the statue of Horus out on procession to be worshipped.

    Back on our boat, we continued up theNile, through a lock at Esna. These small wooden boats squeezed into the lock with us, to try to sell their wares. Towels, shawls, galabeyas - they toss them up on to the boat, and people would start to barter with them. Quite funny asthma people would often throw them back, and at times they’d miss and land in the water.. not daunted,they’d pick them up and try again!
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