Category Egypt 2019

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 […]

Egypt, Part Three

November 6 – 17 At the start of the tour, Mahmoud collected 515 EGP ($34) from each of us to handle the tips downstream as he referred to it, that is those he would dole out to busboys, drivers, and anyone else providing a service.  This concept would be tested when we got involved with […]

Egypt, Part Two

November 6 – 17 Mid Saturday afternoon we checked out of the Marriott and took a taxi to the AraCan Pyramids Hotel, on the outskirts of Cairo in Giza, our lodging for the night, the first of our scheduled Egypt Adventure tour with Intrepid Travel out of Canada, which would last eight days and include […]

Egypt, Part One

November 6 – 17 And so, it began, a month of international travel starting with Egypt and finishing with Mexico, two countries we’d not been to with the exception of multiple forays into northern Baja California.  We were curious to see how different, or similar, mainland Mexico would be from Baja, especially given that we’d […]