October 18 – 27 We left Tombstone on a clear morning with blue skies that would follow us all day.  We decided not to stop in the downtown area (if you could call it that) to see the tourist street, multiple blocks of recreated late 1870’s cowboy town playing off the famous shoot out at […]

November 19 – 22 The Museo Nacional Anthropolgia, the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, is located in Chapultepec Park, one of the biggest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, measuring just over 1,695 acres (Central Park in NYC is 842 acres, Griffith Park in L.A. is 4,300 acres).  Centered on a rock formation […]

November 19 – 22 We arrived home from Egypt the afternoon of the 17th and spent the rest of that day and the next doing laundry, opening mail, and taking care of the few things we could do in that short time frame.  The next thing we knew, we were on our way to LAX […]

November 6 – 17 After lunch, we arrived at the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of Al-Refaei (Royal Mosque) both located at the same site.  Our first stop would be at Sultan Hassan, which along with its Madrassa (Arabic word for any type of educational institution, secular or religious, whether for elementary instruction or […]

November 6 – 17 We left for the train station and after arriving sat in a café nursing a cold drink until departure time.  Boarding and finding our sleeper berth now seemed familiar and we settled in to wait for dinner, which would be similar to that we’d been served on the way to Aswan, […]

November 6 – 17 A short ride later we arrived at the house for our lunch.  As in Aswan, here the street in front was not paved, dirty and dusty; likely the lack of rain makes this tolerable as you don’t have to deal much with mud.  Inside though, the house was nicely decorated and […]

November 6 – 17 We left the Valley of the Kings for our next stop, the mortuary temple complex of Hatshepsut (also Hatchepsut) which was located about three miles away.  At the beginning of the tour Mahmoud had advised us to pronounce the name as Hat-Cheap-Suit, certainly an easy way to remember.  The fifth pharaoh […]

November 6 – 17 The first tomb I entered was that of Ramses III, the second Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty who is thought to have reigned from 1186 to 1155 BC.  Considered to be the last great monarch of the New Kingdom to wield any substantial authority over Egypt, his long reign saw the […]