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Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada October 26th 2018

Après cette petite croisière léthargique sur le Nil, retour vers le désert avec un programme chargé : les temples de Karnak, le temple d'Hatchepsout, et la mythique Vallée des Rois. Plus grand complexe religieux de toute l'Antiquité, les temples de Karnak ont été construits et développés par plusieurs dynasties de pharaons pendant plus de 2000 ans. Comme de nombreux temples égyptiens, les temples de Karnak ont abrité des Chrétiens fuyant les persécutions romaines. Medo nous explique rapidement que les Chrétiens y trouvaient un sanctuaire où pratiquer leur fois à l'abri de la répression des Romains. En navigant dans la longue forêt de colonnes, je discute avec Alex de l'histoire des Juifs sous l'Egypte Antique. Après son retour de Jordanie, il me raconte notamment comment le peuple juif est progressivement devenu une menace pour les Égyptiens. En ... read more
Temple d'Hatchepsout
Les gardiens du temple d'Hatchepsout
Louxor centre-ville

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada March 13th 2018

The stress is overwhelming! It’s February half term and there’s another day of guaranteed sunshine to cope with on the beach. Do I lie on the sunbed and read? Do I don my snorkel and visit the exotic aquarium that is the Red Sea just yards off the shallow sandy shore? Shall I go for a walk and listen to the lapping of the waves, or nip into a shady bar for mid-afternoon beer? Or, should I just sit still, gaze out to the horizon, and let the distant cares of work just melt away? Just breathing deeply and weighing up the options is a pleasant enough pastime. Welcome to Fort Arabesque. A combination of silly flight prices at February half term, and some bad luck with the weather, has caused us to (sadly) give ... read more
A pool bar
Hotel grounds

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Madinat Makadi April 3rd 2016

Back to Hughada no problem…caught a taxi no problem…checked in to a room super early also no problem!!! Ok! Thinking positively bout this last week of Egypt for me. But as per usual, the times get the best of me. There are no people in this place at all….there are about 60 people here when they could have 2000….woa. So empty…but on the bright side there were a few cool people to meet and hang out with for the whole time. Seems weird but the less people there are, the more the weird fun ones come out of the wood works and we always have a blast. Id say Turkey was kind of full of people in comparison to the other 2 places so far but those were all old German people. No medium aged cats ... read more
too many beers=duck faced selfies

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea March 31st 2016

Transited the Suez Canal. Very different from going through the Panama Canal. No locks but lots of sand on each side and a big bridge at the end near the Mediterrean Sea. We were the first ship of a convoy of 15 ships heading north. We had a pilot on board the entire time. They did change pilots midway through. It is said that it costs $250000 per ship to go through. Very nice day with lots of sun and wind.... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada March 20th 2016

So Hurghada is a tourist destination on the Red Sea. Fun spot with lots of touro things to do. I chose to do nothing…hahaha…Normally at these resorts in Egypt 90% of the guests are from Russia. Not the case anymore. Lol. I booked in to a place called Sunny Days Palma de Mirette which is one of three hotels under the same umbrella. Across the street is the family joint Sunny Days Resort and Spa or something and next door is Sunny Days El Palacio. The cabby didn’t really explain what was going on when he went to Mirette and then to El Palacio but the guard at the gate told me Mirette was closed. When I went to reception to check in I was wondering what happened to my booking but dude informed me that ... read more
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dune bug bugs

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea February 26th 2016

Today we were up at 6:30 breakfast at 7:09, on the bus by 8:00. We were going to see a few sites we missed near out hotel last night. We saw the grave of Aaron, Moses helper, and a stone in the mountain that looks like the golden calf (Exodus 31). It took 4 hours to get to Shatm El Sheik. We got to ride in a glass bottom boat and see the 2nd oldest corral reef (oldest is in Australia), plus we saw many varieties of fish. One thing we all agreed upon... The Red Sea is beautiful. We couldn't believe the colors of blue. It seemed so unreal. Pictures cannot show what we saw. After lunch we checked into our hotel on the Red Sea. We couldn't wait to relax by the pool or ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh December 10th 2015

We arrived in Sharm El Sheik just before midnight and checked into our hotel, the Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village ($40). I selected this hotel out of the multitude of all inclusive mega resorts because it was out of the main tourist area (which resembles Cancun), that it was locally owned by a Bedouin, and the rooms are in a Bedouin style hanging off a cliffside overlooking the Red Sea. We spent the first day just relaxing, enjoying being able to unpack our bags for once. We got our diving kits for the remainder of the week and snorkeled off the floating dock directly in front of the hotel. We were amazed at the local "house reef" and immediately realized why the Red Sea is considered by many to be the best diving in the world. ... read more
Adel, our Bedouin Dive Master
Twilight over the Red Sea
The Straits of Tiran

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada November 25th 2015

We said goodbye to our boat and crew in Edfu. Abto met us with a car for the 2-hour drive to Luxor where we could get our police permit for the 3-hour drive east to the Red Sea town of Hurghada. Police permits are required for any and all road trips outside the limits of whatever Egyptian city or town you are in. We drove over speed bump scarred roads. Past mud-brick villages and busy crossroads crowded with donkeys, horses and pedestrians. Every few miles we stopped for military checkpoints manned by bored looking soldiers. Their weapons resting against trees and walls close at hand. At most points when the officials saw two westerners sitting in the back seat they simply smiled and waved us through. The terrain flattened out into a stony desert landscape. We ... read more
Mike's Navel.  It's evolved into a mouth that whispers to me while I sleep. "Eat more Fatso"
No Egyptian Breakfast Is Complete Without CoCo-Puffs
Hurghada Reef Fish and Corals

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea November 9th 2015

Geo: 26.2144, 35.1565Another lazy day at sea. We changed time zones last night and are now ten hours ahead of time at home. We also crossed the Tropic of Cancer overnight and are now in tropical waters.We got up at 4:15 a.m. to watch the Cowboys play the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Probably shouldn't have bothered since they lost in overtime. I did the laundry while the game was on so I didn't see all of it, but it was good to get that out of the way while the machines weren't busy. When I got to the launderette, there was one washer and one dryer with clothes in them that must have been forgotten. No one else came in while I was there until I was ready to take mine out of the dryers. ... read more
Red Sea is Smooth and Glassy

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Port Ghalib October 9th 2015

Oct. 8th 2015 Elphinstone reef! It's kind of a legend of a site. Famous for oceanic whitetip sharks. Also known as Longimanus. Longimanus comes from their latin name, Carcharhinus longimanus. These are very curious sharks, approaching divers and coming very close. Even touching us. They especially like me or better said, they liked my flash. They found it very interesting and came close to investigate it. Here one is touching me, almost like little bump. So close! Here we have a few more videos of the Longimanus... ... read more
Large gorgonia fan on elphinstone reef
lionfish on gorgonia
sea turtle




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