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  • Day14

    92 lb suitcase!

    May 30 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 102 °F

    This is a first! Dana and I had left one suitcase at the Four Seasons, took another one each on the Nile cruise. We did a good bit of shopping (as good little tourists!). My suitcase today on Egypt Air was 42.5 kg. Which equates to 92 lbs!! Holy cannoli. It was a tad heavy.

    We overnight in Cairo then leave tomorrow afternoon. Our flight isn't until 730pm.
    View from this hotel room is of the Nile this time!!
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    Nancy OBrien

    View is surreal!

    5/30/22Reply
    Nancy OBrien

    And 92lb suitcase. Try heaving that bad boy into the overhead? 🤣

    5/30/22Reply

    Well, at least you'll burn off some of the calories you consumed on your trip trying to drag that thing around. 92 lbs. Seriously???? [Andi]

    5/30/22Reply
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  • Day4

    Old Kairo 🕌⛪

    September 9, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Mier started de Tag mitmene Zmorge ohni Kaffe (üse Service isch nid de best 😔). Üsi Tagestour wird wider begleited vom Ahmed und em Fahrer José. Mir fahred los und nämed üsi Koffer grad mit. Zerst lueged mier d Moschee the Citadel of Salah-el-dim vom Mohamed Ali ah (nid de Boxer) . De Ahmed erklährt üs die wichtigste Sache über de islamischi Glaube und wie s Gebät gad. Nach de Moschee gads witer id Altstatt vo Kairo und so besichtiged mier zwei Katholischi Chile und aschliessend en Synagoge vom Judetum. De Ahmed lad üs au det, vo sim grosse Wüsse teilha und stellt sich immerwieder als super Fotograf use. Nach dem gads zum berüemte khan el Khali Bazar, wo mir im 150Jahr alte Coffeehouse en Türkische Kaffee gniessed.

    Ungfäh uf die 16:00Uhr wärded mier a Flughafe gfahre und wärded det wider vom Mamdouh in Empfang gno. E chli Skeptisch gäbed mier üses Gepäck wider i de Gepäckufgab ab und so checked mier, mit guet packtem Handgepack (wo alles dinne wär für alli fäll) i Flüger richtig Asswan ih. Nach dem 1,5h Flug wärded mier am Flughafe wider vomne Herr mit Schild Abgholt (und dasmal sogar mit Koffere) . De Verkehr stellt sich hie als chli ruhiger use als in Kairo, defür reded üse Begleiter einiges meh. Nachere asträngende fahrt chömed mier bim Hotel in Asswan ah. Mier wärded mitem Boot uf üses Hotelinseli übere gfahred und sogar mitem Golfchäreli bis vor s Hotel begleited. Mier verbringed en wunderschöne Abig i dem tolle Hotel und gniessed am Abig no die warme windige Temperature vo 37°C in Asswan.
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  • Day4

    Relaxing Day

    May 20 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 95 °F

    Slept great almost on Egypt time. Met our cruise manager Sameh. Had breakfast (enough for our entire floor). At spa enjoying green tea and mint going to jacuzzi. Yes thats a disposable bikini. Thank goodness there's a robe. 😉🤦‍♀️Read more

    Looks great! Except maybe the bikini 😳🤣 [Robin]

    5/20/22Reply

    Real life is gonna be so hard after this. [Andi]

    5/21/22Reply
    Egypt bound

    Ain't it the truth

    5/21/22Reply
     
  • Day5

    Fantastic sighseeing day!

    May 21 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    Went to the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, lunch (a typical Egyptian meal of bread, plate of carrots/peas/zucchini/French fries (I know 🧐) the warm cream chicken soup, more bread, then a sizzling grill of beef, lamb, chicken and rice pudding w/shaved coconut). Then the guided tour of Egyptian Museum which exceeded my expectations. A wonderful day. We are hot, sweaty. Resting before our welcome reception.Read more

    Nancy OBrien

    Some of it reminds me of the musem at UPenn, since they have many Egyptian relics.thwt dome ceiling is just gorgeous!

    5/22/22Reply
    Egypt bound

    Dome ceiling is made of brass

    5/22/22Reply
    Ellen Dunkel

    Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia ...

    5/27/22Reply
     
  • Day115

    Weihnachten & die Pyramiden von Gizeh

    December 26, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Über Weihnachten haben wir es uns in Kairo so richtig gut gehen lassen.... Wir hatten ein wunderschönes Zimmer, mit einem super gemütlichen mega großen Bett, im 14. Stock, inklusive Balkon mit uneingeschränktem Nilblick - Kurz: Der Himmel auf Erden, wenn man nur Dorms und Low-Budget-Unterkünfte gewohnt ist :D! Nachdem wir bei "Drinkies" unsere Minibar großzügig aufgebessert haben, verbrachten wir eigentlich den Großteil unseres Tages damit im Bademantel rumzulaufen und zu entspannen :P
    Zugegeben von Kairo selbst haben wir nicht wirklich viel gesehen, aber der Weg vom Bahnhof zum Hotel hat gereicht, um Kairo in meinem Ranking der schmuddeligsten Fleckchen Erde nach ganzen oben zu katapultieren.
    Auch wenn wir unsere Oase der Ruhe und Besinnlichkeit nur ungern verlassen haben und wir vom ägyptischen Museum schwer enttäuscht wurden - Die Bezeichnung Lagerhalle mit einer unsortierten und unbeschrifteten Sammlung uralter Artefakte trifft es wohl eher - so lohnt es sich definitiv die Pyramiden von Gizeh zu besuchen!
    Die Pyramiden und ihre schiere Größe sind einfach unglaublich, doch am spannendsten fanden wir es durch die kleinen Zugänge in die Grabkammern hineinzuklettern... So riesige Pyramiden für dann doch so kleine Grabkammern - Super spannend, aber auch ein wenig beklemmend, also definitiv nichts für Menschen mit Platzangst :P
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    Michèlle Schnitker

    Krass, dass soetwas von Menschen gebaut wurde.

    12/27/19Reply
    Janina Lampe

    Ja echt heftig und ich dachte auch immer das hätten alles Sklaven gebaut, dabei waren es normale Bürger, die quasi Steuern in Form von Arbeitskraft geleistet haben...

    12/27/19Reply
    Mira Schneider

    Sehr faszinierende Wetterlage 🤩

    12/27/19Reply
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  • Day3

    Premier jour !

    October 17, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Réveil super agréable ... Il fait chaud !!! On prend le p'tit dej tranquillou en tongs et sans pull ! Ça fait trop de bien !

    On file ensuite avec Côme acheter un nouveau téléphone ... vu comment a terminé le précédent, je pars sur un entrée de gamme 😬.

    On doit manger ce midi avec une autre famille qui voyage depuis 5 ans et qui termine son Périple par l'Égypte (c'est pas des rigolos du voyage !!!).
    On a un super feeling avec eux et on passera la journée ensemble ... Pour le plus grand bonheur de Côme qui trouve un copain fan de mangas... 🥳🤩.

    Du coup, programme qui s'improvise: repas traditionnel Égyptien (Koshari: des pâtes, lentilles, sauce tomate et pois chiches 🤤), café dans un bistrot du Caire, balade digestive dans le souk du Caire et ré restau le soir !

    Belle rencontre, belle journée !

    Nos premières impressions sur l'Égypte et les Egyptiens est super bonne ... On retrouve un pays avec beaucoup de vie, tout est simple et pas cher, les gens sont adorables ... Et surtout, on peut se balader partout en toute sécurité ... Ça nous manquait !!!
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    annick lodini

    Bonne petite adaptation dès le début, cest vraiment super 😍

    10/19/21Reply
    Amandine Flipo

    Ça a l’air top !

    11/2/21Reply
     
  • Day108

    Dahchour - Saqqarah - Gizeh

    November 20, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    La journée commence bien, avec un peu de musique agréable dans ce monde de bruits. Le taxi nous explique qu'à 9h sur 105.8, c'est une heure de Fairuz tous les jours.

    On démarre à Dahchour, où on peut aller ramper et marcher en canard dans les tunnels des pyramides. Au bout... une colonie de chauves souris 🦇🦇🦇

    A Saqqarah il y a une pyramide plus ancienne encore, mais on attend que le président vienne l'inaugurer pour qu'on puisse l'ouvrir au public. Dans une tombe, un type s'est fait représenter en train de boire une pinte en s'accrochant à la table... Bonne ambiance 🤣

    Enfin, on remonte jusqu'aux pyramides de Gizeh où on fait les photos de kékés réglementaires ("touch the pyramid!") et on va regarder les fesses du Sphinx.
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    Marie F

    "Ramses, claque ton jus!"

    11/20/19Reply
    Khalid J

    Claque ton jus, Ramsès !

    11/20/19Reply
     
  • Day2

    Dia 2 piramides!

    June 26 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 34 °C

    Nos levantamos a las 6 menos cuarto, desayunamos y 7;30 salíamos para las piramides. Visitamos las pirámides de Giza y luego la de Sacara. Hacia mucho calor pero es el desierto y el espectáculo es maravilloso. Por la tarde almorzamos en un restaurante típico y a la noche tomamos algo con unos amigos nuevos.Read more

  • Day3

    Egyptian Museum Cairo

    August 7 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Visit to the stunning Egyptian Museum Cairo. Old hot building, no aircon. But it has Tutankamun, tuya, yuya and many more treasures of ancient Egypt. Very interesting display of everyday objects and tools.Read more

  • Day3

    Coptic Cairo

    March 6, 2020 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    WARNING! This entry became longer than I expected, but there are pictures this time.

    Our first full day in Cairo was basically a free day as most of the tour group arrives today. We booked a private tour of Coptic Cairo which took us to some of the Christian churches in the area (Coptic refers to a part of the Christian church that started in Egypt). There are only 2 religions in Egypt - Muslim (75-80%) and then Orthodox Christians.

    The tour was excellent and our guide was very informative. We travelled to the Monastery of St Simon, also known as the Cave church, built into the Mokattam mountain. With a seating capacity of 20,000 people, it is the largest church in Africa. There is a belief that the mountain was moved to settle a debate between a Jewish leader and a Christian leader in the 10th century where "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed then you can command this mountain to move. Nothing is impossible" (Matthew 17:20). So the story goes, the mountain was lifted due to St Simon's great faith. Other parts of the story may have been embellished somewhat... for example, a part of the roof fell away to expose a carved statue of the virgin Mary and child, that was said to be natural, not man-made. Looked a little too perfect to not have been carved by man.

    Nevertheless, the site was fascinating and not often visited because it is located within an area known as garbage city. The inhabitants of this area are garbage collectors who sort, salvage and sell the rubbish. There are around 15,000 people who live here and most of them are Coptic Christians which is why this church exists here. It is not on the tourist map as such probably because access is very limited - you could not fit a bus up the narrow alleys etc.

    Although not part of the tour, our guide (who is Muslim) wanted to show us a large mosque. As usual, women have to cover up so I donned a green hooded gown that made me look like some ancient druid. Brad thought I looked like Yoda from Star Wars. Abdul (our guide), explained some aspects of his faith. There was a group of school girls who followed me and it turned out they wanted to have their photo taken with me. A white foreigner in a mosque is unusual... or maybe they thought I was Yoda (hahaha! ). Then they wanted photos with Brad.

    We moved on to the Hanging Church, so called because it is built upon the original Babylonian fortress so in a sense is hanging on to it. It is there oldest church in Egypt, built around 3rd Century. Then onto a Greek Roman church of St George and finally Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church which is believed to be where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. There is a crypt beneath this church where they lived for a few months. At each stop, Abdul insisted in taking our photo which normally we wouldn't do.

    Finally, we stopped for lunch - a traditional Egyptian meal called Koshry at Abou Tarek (A restaurant apparently famous for this dish). A vegetarian meal consisting of chick peas , lentils, rice, pasta and fried onions covered in a tomato flavoured sauce. It smelt good and was very tasty and very filling.

    So, a busy morning. Tonight we meet our tour group. I believe there are 38 people all up, so quite a large group. Sorry about the length of this footprint and congratulations if you managed to get to the end.
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    Jenny Thomas

    Fantastic...very interesting 👍

    3/6/20Reply
    Nessy19

    Amazing Mandy to see this!

    3/6/20Reply

    Yep definitely Yoda! (Alison DFA)

    3/7/20Reply
     

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