Category Egypt

Egypt, Part Thirteen

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 […]

Egypt, Part Twelve

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, […]

Egypt, Part Eleven

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 […]

Egypt, Part Ten

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 […]

Egypt, Part Nine

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 […]

Egypt, Part Eight

November 6 – 17 After I finished my beer, I set out in search of an ATM to get some cash; one of the downsides of travel in Egypt is that not many places take credit cards.  When you combine this with the need to purchase the additional side trips we’d been taking with our […]

Egypt, Part Seven

November 6 – 17 Later, arriving at Karnak Temple, we walked to the entrance, entered, and began our tour.  As he has throughout the tour, Mahmoud spent the first hour or so with us explaining the significance of the temple complex, going into great detail in the areas with hieroglyphics that told a particular story. […]

Egypt, Part Six

November 6 – 17 Before dinner I made my way down to the bar area of the hotel for a beer that put an exclamation point on a full day of sightseeing, having visited Abu Simbel, one of the sites in Egypt that had been at the top of my list.  We’d hit the halfway […]

Egypt, Part Five

November 6 – 17 As I was finishing my beer others in the group joined me for a hasty round and then we made our way to the hotel’s dock to board our ferry for the trip down the Nile to Elephantine Island where we’d partake in our Nubian Dinner.  Our host for the evening, […]

Egypt, Part Four

November 6 – 17 We returned to the Hotel AraCan to clean up and relax before taking off for the central train station and our overnight journey to Aswan.  This would be the first time for Joanna and I to spend a night in a sleeper compartment (we’ve done some overnights early in our marriage […]