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Feb 16, 2020 - Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

Egyptian National Museum We arrived in Cairo about 6:00 pm Thursday the 13th, just in time for rush hour traffic. We only need to go 14 miles to the Marriott hotel, but it took us over an hour and a half. The 4 lane “freeway” was 6 abreast, with vehicles cutting in and out with no room to spare. How they ever get so many cars in such “freeway”, We will never understand. We did make it to the Cairo Marriott in time for a good nights sleep. The Marriott is Cairo’s premier hotel. It dates back to 1867 when the Sues Canal opened. At that time...

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Feb 13, 2020 - Vilnius

Hello from Egypt! It has taken us 7 days to get here, but it has been enjoyable. We flew from Boise to Denver, Denver to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Vilnius, Vilnius to Cairo. Believe it or not, we encountered no problems, but we do hate the long lines going through security. We spent 6 days with our Vilnius family partaking in all that a family does - shopping for groceries, going to ball games, play rehearsals, helping with home work, etc. We stayed as close to home as possible as it was cold, rainy and snowy. We did spend one cold, snowy...

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Nov 16, 2019 - Cairo - Citadel, Market & Museum

While I took a down day, the others did a full day excursion to the Saladin Citadel to see the Mohamed Ali Mosque, lunch, the 14th century Khan El Khalili Market & the Egyptian Museum. Saladin fortified The Citadel between 1176 and 1183 AD and the Mosque was built between 1828 and 1848. In the 20th century it was used as a military garrison by the British occupation and then by the Egyptian army until being opened to the public in 1983. As the group made their way past VERY aggressive vendors hawking all kinds of wares, they found out that...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Saqqara & Memphis

Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground (4 miles x 1 mile) that is the necropolis (burial ground) for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step Tomb. It is the oldest complete stone building complex known in history and was started around 3,000 BC. All together 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It...

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Aug 29, 2019 - Nile high club

Just flying over Sinai peninsular and nearing the Red Sea. Probably will fly over Cairo so I will look for pyramids We are well and having two good sleeps was beneficial Plane full of Greeks! Talk about chaotic getting luggage stowed Actually now over the Nile and Cairo

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Nov 3, 2018 - More Luxor and return to Cairo

Tuesday, October 30 I overslept this morning. I don’t know what happened to my alarm, but I was up and out in about 10 minutes. We were off to the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile—west for the tombs, east for life. Our first stop was at the colossus of Agamemnon. He was actually a Greek soldier killed in battle. His mother was looking everywhere for him, and when she came here, she was captivated my the crying sound made as the wind blew through gaps in the statue. That was the legend anyway, but at some point a repair to...

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Egypt 2018

Oct 21, 2018 - Arrival in Cairo

Saturday, October 20 I intended just a quick one to say I have arrived in Egypt, but the Internet wasn't cooperating, so I'll continue to the next day. My first impression while landing was sand….lots of sand. The tour rep met me and escorted me through immigration, getting my bag, using the ATM, and escorted me to the taxi to take me to the hotel. It was about an hour, and a very interesting ride. If you ever come to Egypt, don’t plan on driving! It is much like it was in India, with a whole language in horn honks, the lane lines as only...

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Nov 12, 2017 - Dear Mum, A Letter From Egypt

Dear Mum, It’s been just over two weeks since we’ve arrived home and I’m still trying to process the fact that we were there. There being where the Australian Government Website - Smart Traveller, suggests we ‘reconsider our need to travel’. There being the place that the media will lead you to believe is not safe. There being the land with so much world history but also personal history for my family and I. I didn’t expect that we would both love Egypt as much as we now do. Lauren and I can now admit that given the Smart Traveller warning...

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Mar 25, 2017 - So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodby!

We are in Cairo, getting some rest before heading home. Yesterday, we left our ship at 4:30 a.m. for the 3 hour drive to Abu Simbel. We drove through the Western Sahara and there was nothing but sand. The sunrise was beautiful and it was all very quiet. We drove within about a hundred miles of the Sudan border. Driving up to this and all monument, bridges, etc., we have to driver slalom style through barricades of cement dividers and barrels. Terrorism is a part of life here, and everything is built to at least slow it down. We got to the...

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We're in Denial

Mar 19, 2017 - Nope, I was wrong....

The cooking class was wonderful, but not the best day ever. Today was the best day ever. Ever. Woke up early and headed downstairs for a very quick omelet. Met Achmed, the driver, and Joseph the archaeologist/guide in the lobby at 7. Off to the pyramids. In the traffic. Which is unbelievable. In addition to the six lanes in a four lane street, and the motorbikes, and the wandering pedestrians, you have carts, either motorized or animal powered. Flat carts with cargo or passengers, pulled by a three wheeled motor thing or donkeys. Or horses....

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We're in Denial

Mar 18, 2017 - On the road again................

Started the day early. We tried to do a load of laundry in the washer/dryer contraption of the apartment in Rome. We figured it out just fine in Florence, so felt prepared to cope. We were not. The door didn't shut properly, so it leaked all over the floor. We must have restarted it six times because we couldn't figure out what it was doing. Couldn't stay up any more so went to bed and got up at midnight to see if it was wringing wet or starting to dry. There was movement toward the dry side, so went back to bed. Up at six, fingers crossed....

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Jul 22, 2016 - trip el Gouna Cairo to Abu Dabi

Photos attached need to go in El Gouna. But for now they can sit hete. Given today was just getting to the airport, flying, waiting,flying some more, you would think there would be nothing to report. Not so! First the taxi trip. Ordered for 4.00am. we stand in street waiting. not arrived by 4.10 Ashleys phones. The reply "Yes here waiting for you" after several exchanges re where are you? And him being in another place entirely but sure he was right and we wrong, he finally admitted he didn't know how to get to us. He was given...

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