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Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said January 21st 2019

"In questa Casa d'Italia, edificata dalla fede e dall'amore della terra d'origine, vivono e si perpetuano, con l'opera delle istituzioni italiane sotto i segni gloriosi dello scudo sabaudo e del fascio littorio, lo spirito millenario della patria, il culto della lingua di Dante, la tradizione fulgente della triplice vittoria, la potenza animatrice di Roma ridivenuta imperiale. XXVIII Ottobre MCMXXXVIII - XVI regnando Vittorio Emanuele III essendo duce del fascismo e capo del governo Benito Mussolini fondatore dell'impero." Chissa', sara', sta di fatto che gli italiani sembrano aver lasciato davvero un buon ricordo qui in Egitto, e dovevo capitare per caso a Port Said per averne una vera conferma. Non proprio per caso perche' e' in questa citta' che inizia il canale di Suez e qui si deve venire per ammirare le gigantesche navi che, sfilando davanti ... read more
El Alamein: l'ingresso al sacrario militare italiano
L'orgoglioso proprietario di una spettacolare Fiat 128
Port Said: nave all'imbocco del canale di Suez

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said March 4th 2017

Marsa Alam is one of the best spots to dive along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, at least so I had read. What it failed to mention is that the town itself is a bit of a hole. I can handle holes though, but this particular hole seems to cater to restaurants that present you with one menu when ordering your food, and another one with different prices when you want to pay your bill. It happened twice, in two separate establishments. And I only went to two restaurants, so that is a ratio of 100 percent! Obviously I did not pay the altered prices… 1) Thou shalt not change thou menu on thou customers! And the diving? It was… alright. The visibility was great, but apart from that I didn’t see anything I haven’t seen before. ... read more
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Marsa Alam

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said November 5th 2015

Geo: 31.2603, 32.2965Today, we transited the Suez Canal from north to south, from Port Said to the town of Suez. The ship entered the canal about 5:30 in the morning while we were still asleep, although the captain had announced yesterday that we had an 8:00 a.m. time slot scheduled for entry. We expected to be anchored outside waiting for our time by 3:00 a.m., and I guess they wanted us to go in early with at least one other ship, a cargo ship I could see behind us. Ships go through the canal in convoys because there are sections that can only accommodate one-way traffic and going together in the same direction more efficiently takes care of the traffic so more ships can go through each day. I had the alarm set for us to ... read more
View from Deck 10 Observation Bar
Village on the Canal
Mubarak Peace Bridge

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said May 1st 2014

27thApril Suez Canal Transiting the Suez Canal was the link to the Round the World trip – having been through the Panama Canal (seems like an age ago) this was another man made link that took us from the Red Sea into the Mediterranean. Opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction work, the northern terminus is Port Said and the southern terminus is Port Tawfiq at the city of Suez. The canal is 120 miles long, 79 ft deep and 673 ft wide, it consists of the northern access channel 14 miles, the canal itself of 101 miles and the southern access channel of 6 miles. The canal is single lane with passing places in the "Ballah By-Pass" and the Great Bitter Lake. It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through the canal. In ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said May 9th 2013

Thursday May 9th, 2013. Port Said, Egypt Port Said is the main port city at the northern gateway to the Suez Canal. It was established in 1859 during the construction of the canal and has since become a thriving duty-free port and a popular resort destination for Egyptians during the summer. Port Said is twinned with the city of Port Fuad on the eastern bank of the canal and the two cities are connected by ferries that run throughout the day. The Suez Canal, west of the Sinai peninsula, is a 101 mile (163 kilometre) maritime canal in Egypt between Suez on the Red Sea and Port Said on The Mediterranean Sea.The Canal allows north south transits for vessels travelling from Europe to Asia and vice-versa - avoiding the necessity to circumnavigate Africa. Most of the ... read more
El-Abbasy Mosque
El-Abbasy Mosque
The Beach at Port Said from the Promenade

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said May 20th 2012

I've had a fascination with the history of the Pharoahs for a very long time, so I was very excited that we would have a chance to see the Pyramids on this cruise. We knew the trip from Port Said to Cairo and Giza was a long one (3 hours each way) but we felt it was worth it. Why come this far and wimp out because of too much bus time!! It ended up being an eye-opening day in ways we had not anticipated. Just as background, Egypt is currently at a major crossroads. Ever since the revolt against Mubarak, which began on January 28, 2011, this country has been trying to pull itself up by the bootstraps. Their economy is in terrible shape: 50% of the country are considered poor; another 20% barely above ... read more
Pyramids and  Sphinx at Giza
Museum of Eqyptian Antiquities
Burned Mubarak Headquarters

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said April 11th 2011

Our Blog No.17 After we left Dubai Nicky met up with Alan and Marjorie who attend the same cardiac group on a Tuesday as Barry does and where Nicky is the Health Professional. A lovely surprise - they had already booked last year and never said a word to us that they were travelling from Dubai back to Southampton with us. They celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday 10th April. Before we arrived in Safaga on Friday 8th April we had four days at sea where stringent precautions were taken to ensure we were not invaded by pirates. It was taken very seriously by the Commodore. Fortunately there were no incidents as far as we are aware! Safaga was not a very attractive area and we had already made the decision that we didn’t want ... read more
The Mediterranean
A lazy day by the pool
Next drink please!!

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said October 20th 2009

On the morning of the 19th we were effectively becalmed and mired in thick smog/fog/mist. We could see dozens of ships at anchor on the outskirts of Alexandra harbour: the crew dropped the sails and started winding the way through to the unseen harbour. On this ship you often don't know what to do first even though it is small. In this case participate in Tai Chi, enjoy another huge breakfast, listen to the historical commentary about the famous library or lighthouse of Alexandria, or watch the crew deal with the pilot and ubiquitous tugs - Greg took the tugs, Catherine took the Tai Chi. Finally into the harbour which was pretty decrepit. There were actually half-submerged hulks to one side and we wondered what mooring fees must be :). There was no mistaking our arrival ... read more
Alexander's desert
The Citadel
Greg in front of the pyramid of Cheops at Giza

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said April 6th 2009

Today we are going through the Suez Canal which connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Google it and see what it looks like from the air. It is 101 miles long and at its narrowest, less than 400 yards wide. Traffic is one way and in convoys. Each day, early in the morning, two convoys depart north to south and one departs south to north (Us today). Unlike the Panama Canal, there are no locks needed to raise and lower ships as the sea level at both ends of the Suez Canal is nearly equal. There is a lake in the middle and we pass the south bound convoys in the lake and at one other passing place. We go about 10 miles per hour and it takes about 11 hours to complete the ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Port Said November 10th 2008

The entire group, with one exception, joined in a tour of Cairo and the Pyramids at Giza along with the Sphinx. The day dawned warm and partly cloudy and everyone was excited to see one of the great wonders of the World. Unfortunately, our 10:00 AM arrival ended up being 10:45 as Princess decided to bring boxes, freight and several local folks onboard before clearing the vessel for passenger disembarkation. Little did we realize this delay would have major consequence as our tour ended. Our guide was named Waleed and he was a nice young Egyptian man who spoke excellent English. Our tour director was Joe Michel, a Catholic resident, originally from Belgium and handles local tours for American Express. We arranged this as a private tour through a company named shoretrips.com. We have four other ... read more
Camel Riders
Magee's & Skinners
Deborah & Lanny




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