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  • Day3

    Unexpected early flight to Luxor!

    January 10 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Wir waren doch etwas überrascht, als wir gestern Abend von unserem Reiseleiter erfuhren, daß wir heute schon um 4.45 Uhr vom Hotel abgeholt werden. Ursprünglich war der kurze Flug von Hurghada nach Luxor auf 18.00 Uhr angesetzt - stattdessen hebt die schnittige Bombardier kurz nach 7.00 Uhr ab, um bereits fünfundzwanzig Minuten später am Nil zu landen. Eine Stunde danach betreten wir unser Schiff - die "MS Royal La Terrasse". Der erste Eindruck ist allerdings eher bürgerlich - das haben Nil-Kreuzfahrtschiffe ( bis auf ganz wenige Ausnahmen ) aber so an sich!

    Nach größeren Anfangsschwierigkeiten ( das hatte ich so auf Reisen noch nie erlebt ) und schwierigen Gesprächen mit dem Reiseleiter an Bord, haben wir endlich um 11.00 Uhr unsere Kabine bezogen. In Kürze ging es einfach darum, daß ich anfangs sehr höflich bei Mohamed angefragt habe, welche Kabine auf welcher Etage uns zugeteilt wurde - auf Nil-Kreuzfahrtschiffen werden Kabinen nämlich zugeteilt! Wichtig zu wissen ist, das von den drei Etagen, die unterste am schlechtesten ist. Zudem steigt der Geräuschpegel in den Kabinen stetig an, je näher diese in Richtung Heck liegen - dort befindet sich der Maschinenraum! Auf den Punkt gebracht....., die besten Kabinen liegen auf Etage 4 ganz Vorne - die schlechtesten sind auf Etage 2 hinten ( auf Etage 1 befindet sich das Restaurant ). Die freche Antwort des Reiseleiters auf meine Frage, ich sollte mich gefälligst gedulden bis er mir die Kabinennummer mitteilt und.....überhaupt werden Selbige eh zugeteilt und fertig damit, habe ich noch sozialverträglich ( für meine Verhältnisse ) aufgenommen - für uns war doch tatsächlich ( Allah'a büyük ) die Unterbringung mittig der obersten Etage vorgesehen. Doch zu früh gefreut - beim Check in wurde mir vom Reiseleiter mitgeteilt, daß er da wohl etwas "versemmelt" hätte - unsere Kabine 403 wurde bereits vergeben und stattdessen sollten wir in 202 einziehen, so ziemlich die übelste Räumlichkeit an Bord! Es ist sicherlich nachvollziehbar, daß sich da meine Begeisterung in Grenzen hielt - vorsichtig ausgedrückt! Es wurde so lange probiert mir diesen Mist für Gold zu verkaufen, bis ich unmißverständlich zum Ausdruck brachte, daß ich gegenüber solchen Geschichten komplett immun bin, definitiv auf die Kabine im Oberdeck bestehe und er doch einfach diesen Blödsinn den Passagieren erzählen soll, die sich bereits in 403 tummeln. Hat er dann auch getan - dreißig Minuten später ist nach viel Tamtam großer Umzug von 403 nach 202 und von der Rezeption nach 403.....mea culpa!
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  • Day8

    Cairo

    December 31, 2016 in Egypt ⋅

    At last we're back in Cairo after exploring the East and West Banks of the Nile River where we also rang in 2017! We saw a lot of amazing history dating back to one of the first civilizations on this planet and witnessed the magnificent temples, pyramids and tombs first hand. Unfortunately modern day Egypt didn't keep up with the progress made by the ancient people. Cairo now the capital of the country is actually pretty dirty and congested. There are many abandoned buildings, half built apartments that would have their ancient relatives rolling in their tombs, piles of trash on every street, and 9.1 million people struggling to make a decent living off of the hurting tourism industry.

    Looking past all that, while in Cairo we visited the Egyptian Museum which houses thousands and thousands of artifacts that gave us an even deeper looking into this civilization. We got to explore the mummy exhibit where we stood in front of many of Egypt's past Kings and Queens. Many still had their hair, teeth, and nails! It was a cool experience that left you feeling a bit chilly! In the museum we also visited the King Tut exhibit that holds many of the gold treasures found in his tomb. The most impressive was the solid gold face mask that covered the King which is the most iconic image of ancient Egypt. It is said that if tomb raiders hadn't robbed the tombs of many kings over the years, then Egypt would have been the wealthiest nation in the world today!

    Lastly, attached are a few pictures of various temples we visited along the way that we haven't posted about yet, at Edfu and Philae Temple. Overall, Egypt was a great experience and we're glad we could visit before there is even more uncertainty in this region of the world! We'd recommend it if you have an open mind about safety concerns and take a well known organized tour!
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  • Day3

    Gezira

    January 11 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    With a few hours between my 2 Urban Adventures tours today, I headed nearby to the Cairo Tower on Gezira for a panoramic view of the city. Our driver was kind enough to drop my nearby, saving me precious time. The view was good, but the newly increased admission felt a bit high, though some would argue it's comparable to other buildings around the world.

    Next, off to the neighborhood of Zamalek, location on the north end of the island. It's been described as an area for more affluent folks, and several embassies, including Nigeria are you. You'll know it's an embassy if it's a really cool building you want a photo of, but the guards to wave you off. It's true, it happened twice today...maybe if I were quicker on the draw.

    There's a few streets of interest and exploration, one block some pretty neat mosaics. I also read about a skin care line named after Nefetari, but I didn't end up finding the store as it was time to start heading back to meet for my second tour. Maybe I'll come across it later.
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  • Day5

    Giza Pyramids & Egyptian Museum

    January 13 in Egypt ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Off to the pyramids of Giza today! They're quite close to the city so it's a fairly short drive. There were a few busloads of tourists but nothing crazy. We got ample time to walk around and take our pyramid photos. The main one we're told is to pretend you're holding the top of the pyramid. At the Great Pyramid (Cheops). you can go inside for 360 LE, but there's nothing to see. For the experience of going in itself, we were advised better to save our money and pay 60LE at the second pyramid instead.

    The second pyramid belongs to the son of Cheops' son. According to tradition, he couldn't build a pyramid bigger than than his father's, so to compensate, he built his smaller pyramid on higher ground, so it you look at the pyramids in a line, it actually looks as tall as the first one. You can see the pyramids line up at a viewpoint, but it was quite dusty out, so it's a bit hard to see.

    After the pyramids, it was off to see the Sphinx on the side of the complex. The guardian of the burial area, it was really cool to see this man head on the body of a lion. There's a sound and light show in the evenings as well, and is supposed to be the best in the country.

    We had some free time in the afternoon, and most of us went to the Egyptian Museum. It is being relocated once the new building is built, but we still got to wander through a lot of exhibits of sarcophaguses, burial masks, perfume bottles, mummies and more.

    Tonight, it was off the train station for an overnight train to Aswan. There's something rustic about travelling by trains in this part of the world, giving us a feeling that we were travelling as folks did decades ago when they visited this exotic land.
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  • Day1

    Not even four hours!

    November 24, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Wenn's um Tauchurlaub geht, führt kein Weg an Ägypten vorbei - und wenn's um erstklassiges Hausrifftauchen in dem nordafrikanischen Land geht, ist das 5 Sterne "Mövenpick Resort El Quseir", gelegen an der "El Quadim Bucht" ( dazu mehr in den nächsten Tagen ), einer der Top Adressen des Wüstenstaates. Im Dezember 2015 verbrachte ich mit Susi hier wunderschöne Tage - nach drei Jahren wollen wir ab heute, für zwei Wochen nahtlos daran anknüpfen. Nach einem ruhigen, knapp vierstündigen Flug mit Start in Nürnberg, landet die vollbesetzte Boeing 737 mit noch erträglicher Verspätung, gegen 13.00 Uhr Ortszeit in Hurghada. Weitere drei Stunden später, gerade noch rechtzeitig zur "Chocolate Hour", ist die Location für den gemeinsamen Winterurlaub 2018 erreicht. Der Anreisestress ist schnell vergessen, als wir einen tollen Bungalow mit Meerblick beziehen. Frau Stoof, die trotz Grippe die Anreise mit Bravour gemeistert hat, freut sich riesig über unser "Zuhause" für die nächsten vierzehn Tage - "Happy wife, Happy life"! Ein Highlight steht uns heute allerdings noch bevor - bald ist Zeit für's Dinner und.....die Kulinarik ist hier wirklich outstanding!Read more

  • Day35

    Egyptian Museum

    June 13, 2015 in Egypt ⋅

    First thing is first, the Egyptian Museum! We weren't allowed to take pictures inside but I took a few from outside. The museum was built in 1920. In the museum there is 120 thousand pieces displayed and a total of 2 million. Egypt have two flowers the lotus, which represents lower Egypt (northern), and the papyrus flower for upper Egypt (southern). There is only one replica in the whole museum.
    Inside the museum we got to see mummies, it was crazy to think how old they were and hiw the Egyptians preserved the bodies.
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  • Day35

    Overnight Train

    June 13, 2015 in Egypt ⋅

    Well this is going to be an experience, we are taking the overnight train to Aswan! We have been put in rooms of two and I am sharing with AJ. I guess I have figured out how to sleep on planes, buses and ferries so I should be able to sleep on a train.. right?

  • Day35

    Day 34: Back to Cairo

    April 8, 2011 in Egypt ⋅

    Another long day of travelling today. We packed up our 4WDs and set off from the deserts north-east towards Cairo. Finally arrived mid-afternoon to find that downtown around Tahrir Square was jam-packed with an enormous protest. We had been travelling around not long after the first phase of the revolution had ended (President Mubarak had stepped down and fled the country, but the political turmoil and rise of extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood was yet to come).

    Since it was a Friday and regular Friday prayers had finished for the day, the people flooded onto the streets to air their grievances and utilise their new freedom of speech. We drove nearby and had a look, but decided not to join in! I contended myself with flying an Egyptian flag out of the window as we drove towards the hotel, which Mohamed assured me would be completely fine.

    As an aside, everywhere we went in Egypt was generally free of tourists. Due to the revolution most people had cancelled their tours, and this trip was actually the first one Intrepid had run since it had kicked off in January. But we never once felt threatened or unsafe - people's grievances were with the government, not with foreigners, and we were generally left alone. Though I remember one conversation with a tearful lady who showed me photos of her sons who had both been killed by government forces in the uprising. She pleaded with me to go home and tell my friends and family that Egypt was a safe place, and that everyone was welcome. Tourism is the majority of the Egyptian economy, and without the tourist dollar a lot of people go hungry.

    We didn't venture out far in the evening, only having dinner at a nearby felafel roll place, given that the protests and demonstrations in the Square were only 700-800 metres away (in the map above, follow Ramses Street southwest to the Museum and that's where the square is; the X marks our hotel). As it was our last night together, we all went to a nearby tea & shisha place where we drank tea, smoked shisha and played backgammon for a while. The group was pretty great and had no real conflicts thankfully!

    A bit of noise around midnight and the riot police moved in and dispersed the crowd with tear gas and rubber bullets. Also saw a pair of Apache attack helicopters buzzing around, noses pointed low and ready to go which was a bit of a thrill!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cairo Governorate, Cairo, القاهرة, Le Caire, Muḩāfaz̧at al Qāhirah

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