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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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    • Day14

      92 lb suitcase!

      May 30, 2022 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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      Traveler

      View is surreal!

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      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]

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    • Day28

      Cairo - moved to a different hotel

      October 19, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Fairly relaxing day. This morning our official tour part ended, and we moved to a hotel in the centre of the city to be easy to get to places. In the interval between checking out, and checking in we first visited a school friend of Amr’s - also called Amr Ibrahim! - who lives in a beautiful apartment just round the corner from the Marriot. The building is one of those lovely ones built in the 1930s and right facing the Nile. It was like walking into another era with furniture from his parents - almost a museum. We had tea there and pastries, and then moved on with the second Amr as well to the Gezira Club which is very exclusive now, but Amr (both) and Omnia have been members since high school, and we went in as visitors. We sat outside under the trees and had one of the beautiful lemon juices they make, and very happily filled in the time between hotels.

      Went back to the Marriot and had a bit of a wait - Egyptian time - for the mini bus to take us and our luggage. Not a huge distance, but much too far to walk with bags - even for us! - along the very uneven footpaths and risking life and limb crossing the roads! Now we are staying in the Steigenberger for 3 nights, and then moving to stay with Omnia in her flat. The others will stay on at the hotel. Omnia has organised some excursions - tomorrow we will visit the Islamic area of Cairo, and visit some mosques not on the tourist route, and on Saturday there is a visit to the Coptic area.

      Tonight everyone did their own thing. I think people have enjoyed the Egyptian experience, and all us oldies have managed the quite strenuous activities!! But it is good to have a break…

      We had dinner with another school friend of Amr’s - Magdi - and his wife and Omnia. Quite a posh dinner in a French restaurant in a boat on the Nile. Lovely evening. Not French food as in France, but I had a beautifully cooked fillet steak, perfect medium rare. Amr and I walked there from our new hotel (the restaurant was just near the old one!!) which entailed ducking across busy roads at peak hour….I used to find this an adventure, but think I am a bit over it now…just getting around anywhere in Cairo is a battle - either you sit in traffic and take hours to get a short distance, or walk into the busy roads…Peter and Louise started off with us just for a walk, but waved us goodbye when we plunged into second lot of cars…I can understand!!
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      Traveler

      rewarding risk-taking

      10/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Fabulous. Takes me straight back into Olivia Manning,s novels. What a treat they were to read.

      10/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Rosie, that is a gorgeous photo.

      10/20/22Reply
       
    • Day30

      Yet another Cairo day

      October 21, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      This morning after breakfast across the road at a café called La poire - which has THE best coffee (and even has flat white!!), even including Italy, so that is a real compliment….we all met in the lobby (actually not Sally and John) and Amr and I shepherded the herd across the road to the museum. It is just a stone’s throw from the hotel, but does entail crossing a busy road. It is Friday, which is like Sunday here, and there were many people visiting the museum, and many large groups. We felt smug to be individuals wandering round, and could dart to where there wasn’t a crowd. Arranged a meeting place and we all wandered and had a lovely time, filling in the gaps from the last visit when we went as part of the tour.

      Then we all met at 3 as Omnia invited everyone to her apartment for “high tea”, and some of her friends came too. It was lots of fun and a highly successful but the stressful part (for Amr) was getting people there and back. We are used to walking there in the past, but it is too far and difficult (with the road crossings and uneven potholed paths) for most of our friends, so amr organised 3 carloads of people….had to explain where (addresses are hard to explain here apparently, as the government changed street names which muddles Google - I think that was the problem, or some difficulty when there wasn’t an Arabic speaker in the car!). It is all an adventure, but stressful for Amr trying to make everything run smoothly.

      We all got there safe and sound, and it was lovely to see their apartment again, which we hadn’t stayed in since the early 90s. Omnia has done great renovations and it looks very good. Then we had the same procedure for getting home to the hotel…this time a complication as the first Uber with Evie, Robin, Sally and John went to the wrong Steigenberger hotel - or was on its way to it, way out near the pyramids!!! They realised something was amiss when they found themselves driving out of the city and fortunately it did get sorted out before going the whole way and they were delivered back to the city central one near Tahrir Square!! Phew…but Amr was stressed even more and once it was over we sat at the bar by the pool with Peter and Louise and had a bottle of wine. Now finally settling down and unwinding….
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      Traveler

      The statues are all so BIG!!

      10/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      I wonder if the run to the wrong hotel was done accidentally on purpose??

      10/25/22Reply
       
    • Day29

      Another Cairo day

      October 20, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      A little weary to start, but it turned into a magical day. Omnia had organised a minibus to transport us to and from the Islamic area, and a wonderful guide - a professor in Islamic medieval history and architecture. We left early - you have to pick the moment here, after the school traffic (school starts at 7am) and before the commuter traffic..Pinpoint timing, and our drive was relatively easy - i.e. not standstill gridlock. Met our guide, and she led us through such interesting buildings, with history and background that we would never have found or known. The mosques we were hoping to see were closed for renovation, but there are so many amazing buildings anyway, with beautiful Islamic decoration…a complex which was mausoleum, hospital, school…

      We stopped for a tea break at one point, and were each delivered a little pot of tea and a plate of fresh mint….just delicious! We finally ended with lunch in the same place where we ate on the tour’s Islamic market day (so we knew what we wanted to order from past experience!) and it is all amongst the bazaar shops and we did a little shopping after before getting the bus back to the hotel. Angela sadly was feeling a bit seedy and didn’t come (sad as she would have loved it)…most people have had a touch of the funny tummy, but Omnia and Amr are handing out pills, and most not too dramatic! I had a little way back, but it started in Italy, so can’t blame Egypt!! All totally fine now…

      We got back in the early afternoon and everyone did their own thing for the rest of the day. Omnia, Amr and I went to visit the wife and daughter of their cousin who we will be visiting in Kuala Lumpur next week. They are back in Cairo as the daughter is in university here in her final year. Had a wonderful home cooked meal with them and a very nice visit. We took an Uber there, and got a taxi back as it was easy to hail one…a hair raising ride - no seatbelts and we were actually speeding between intersection jams…as I said before, getting round in Cairo is a complicated and difficult business!!
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      Traveler

      Love reading your blog each morning Rosie

      10/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Driving in Egypt should have its own blog 😂

      10/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Now here we are in an Agatha Christie.

      10/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      Exquisite and straight from Naguib Mahfouz.

      10/21/22Reply
       
    • Day162

      Cairo

      August 30, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      Miles: 2.4 Steps: 5638 Flights: 13

      We went to downtown Cairo today to the Egyptian Museum. What a difference in areas - Everywhere that ISN’T downtown is littered with garbage, buildings falling down and just outright nasty. Then you cross into the downtown area and it’s clean and modern.

      The museum was neat - we saw two actual mummies which was a first.

      Spent the rest of our day at our hotel, working in the room looking at the pyramids out of window. So nice to have that view 24/7 since that’s what we came here for.

      Saw another amazing sunset and the light show. Egypt is in a “reconsider travel here” warning by the state department - but so far, really glad we took the risk and made the stop here!
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    • Day4

      Khan al Khalili

      October 16, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Islamic City of Al Mosaaz and the Bazaars. Some might believe this place is a tourist trap, but as Lonely Planet mansplained to me, they have been selling things here since the 14th century, long before the arrival of the first tour bus!
      I have unwittingly labeled myself as an easy mark by wearing an Egyptian shirt I purchased 5 years ago on a trip to Luxor. All the local merchants who see my white, Egyptian cotton shirt know that I am the kind of guy who buys stuff from anyone who is persistent. This, coupled with my tendency to accidentally have money sticking out of my pocket confirms they will approach me. Again quoting Lonely Planet. “The merchants of Khan al Khalili are some of the greatest smooth talkers you will ever meet.” Everyone wants to get us inside their store. I have already bought some za’atar spice and have fended off everyone since then, but now Dianne is looking at a small tee shirt for a boy. (Spoiler Alert Janice, we bought Hendrix a tee shirt) A price is agreed upon and I cough up more cash. Of course not all of it is put away and some is still sticking out of my pocket. As we continue on our way, the sales pitches are more and more wearing. We decide with our guide Islam to stop for coffee at a 200 year old coffee shop, hoping to get some relief from the vendors. It just brings out a new crop of travelling sales people. A handicapped gentleman who had no legs and few teeth had my respect already and earned more as he loudly alerted me to the fact that my money would soon be leaving my pocket. It was just about on the floor as I had taken out my phone to google how much I should have paid for za’atar spice. Dianne gives me the “you’re doing this again” look as I tuck my bucks back in. It doesn’t stop the parade of vendors and beggars but at least I now have something to be thankful for. That helps. The most enterprising Pashmina salesman latches on to us. We have 4 pashminas at home, but eventually he finds one we must have as it is fireproof, certified Egyptian and a colour you can get nowhere else. We buy it with the money I have left and I feel a great relief. I have shot my wad. No more dough. Time to go back to the hotel.
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      Traveler

      Just leave the shopping to Dianne!

      10/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      You know you love it!

      10/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      I miss my shopping partner!😎

      10/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hmm, hang on to some money. I'm gonna have a garage sale when you're back haha

      10/16/22Reply
       
    • Day5

      Fantastic sighseeing day!

      May 21, 2022 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

      Traveler

      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
      Traveler

      Dome ceiling is made of brass

      5/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      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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      Traveler

      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
      Traveler

      Sehr faszinierende Wetterlage 🤩

      12/27/19Reply
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    • Day6

      Ausflug zu den Piramyden von Gize

      December 27, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Das Schiff hält in Alexandria an um uns zu unserer Reise zu den Pyramiden raus zu lassen 👍😀es geht 3.5 Std. Nach Kairo ins Museum und anschliessend weiter nach Gize zu den 3 Pyramiden es war Eindrücklich und Schön.
      Aber ich sag euch der Car Chaufeur hatte seine mühe mit der Schaltung ( die arme Kupplung)🤣🤣🤣
      Die Sphinx durften wir auch no Begrüssen dann noch ein kurzer Stopp bei einer Papier Produktion und los gehts zum Schiff.
      Kurz vor dem auslaufen Pot Said bei nacht😀
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      Traveler

      Hoffen wir das Mueseum war nicht so toll😜

      12/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      und wo sind die Pyramiden??😳😊

      12/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sie chömed

      12/27/22Reply
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