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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan December 23rd 2010

I was immediately annoyed at Egypt and Egyptian workers and I had not even been in the country an hour. First my debit card wouldn't let me withdraw any cash, and then I changed my remaining Euros for Egyptian Pounds at the bureau de change where I asked the smug, arrogant looking teller how much a tourist visa was. He tells me that it is 85EGP (£1 = 9EGP). I then queue for 10 minutes only to be told by the immigration officer that I need to purchase a tourist visa from...the bureau de change. So I return to the same teller to buy a tourist visa. Why didn't he tell me I needed to buy a visa from him the first time? A cleaner then demands £2 for using the airport toilet, which I am ... read more
The Nile Meets The Sahara
Aswan Bridge
Full Moon

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 30th 2010

I had some free time in the morning. I joined Jane and Andy, a lovely couple from the UK to see the Aswan Dam and Philae Temples/Island (can only get there by boat). The rest of the group woke up at 3am to go see some carvings. It involved over 6 hours of driving to see a site for 1 ½ hours. I passed on the opportunity. By noon, the temperatures reached over 100 degrees, so we all generally head indoors. I headed for some lunch and sweat my tushy off sitting at a restaurant on the Nile. My stomach wasn’t doing so hot (are you surprised?). Our tour guide can’t stress enough how we should not eat any local food as our stomachs will not adjust. He can drink and eat lots of the foods ... read more
Felucca on the Nile
Felucca on the Nile

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 17th 2010

For my last few days in Egypt I had arranged to ride a felluca from Aswan (the last town before the Sudanese border), back down the Nile towards Luxor. It's something almost every backpacker seems to do, and yes it's horrifcally toursity and kitch, but it seemed like a good way to while-away a couple of days, and was going to be a guilty pleasure before Sudan. First however, I had a day to kill, and spent it exploring Elephantine Island, a 3 mile island in the Nile facing the town of Aswan (disappointingly home to Nubians not elephants). The day started well, as I drank tea and watched fellucas glide effortlessly past, their triangular sails flapping and flailing in the wind, but as I went to explore yet more ancient ruins, it took a slightly ... read more
Felluca down the Nile
Felluca down the Nile

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 16th 2010

Been a whirlwind of a couple days. Yesterday a few of us from the hostel hooked up a driver for the day and toured Giza and the great pyramids, then went to a couple other locations with pyramids including one which you can still go down to the burial chambers. It was tough going, small tunnel at a steep angle doubled over trying not to hit my head too often for a couple hundred feet until you are in the middle of the pyramid. Felt kinda creepy and cool at the same time. Boiling hot inside it and my quads were killing me. Spent most of the evening walking along the nile until sunset, then the rest of the evening smoking shisha and drinking tea until my 9 pm train to Aswan. Ugh. 12 hour train ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 14th 2010

It's quite difficult finding a computer that functions adequately and next to impossible to upload any photos. I wish so much you could see the stunning sites I describe but I will have to be patient and hopefully share some of them with you when we get back to Cairo. I really like the travel group I am with...12 people including me, two other Canadians, two Americans, three Brits, three Australians and one Kiwi! Everyone is very personable and have done extensive travelling throughout the world. We are "family"-like already and are very excited as tomorrow we will travel up the Nile on an Egyptian sailing vessel called a "felucca". It will be very primitive living, a simple wooden ship with a sail and no motor...the wind will be our sole guide and we will all ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 4th 2010

Samedi le 30 octobre, On se reveille encore a l heure des poules, on avale en vitesse notre dejeuner et on embarque dans le ferry direction rive-est. Taxi jusqu a la gare de train, nous sommes arrives quelques 50 minutes a l avance pour notre train de 7:30 am. Sauf que, petit probleme, notre train n arrive pas a 7:30, mais bien a 10:30... de quoi handicaper notre plan de visite pour la journee. Tous les locaux a qui nous avons parle dans la gare de train ont mentionne que c etait tout a fait normal d avoir 3 heures de retard sur ce train particulier... chouette! Encore un 3 heures plus tard, dans le train cette fois, on arrive a Assouan, prochaine etape de notre periple. On debarque a l hotel, et la, au comptoir ... read more
Le petit chanteur
La felouque
Abu Simbel

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 29th 2010

Cruisin’ the Nile We have been on the Nile for the past two days, stopping periodically to check out the local temples. The ship, The Royal Rhapsody, is lovely, less that 40 guests and a lovely crew to keep us fed and entertained. What a way to travel. The Nile is beautiful, we went thru locks our first night out and then the river became much wider, The Nile runs South to North {we are traveling southward)and there is a large dam near Aswan and locks elsewhere to control the flooding. I am always at home on the water, this water is very mellow, smooth and a deep blue surrounded by the emerald green of the natural oasis that forms on the river date palms grow on the banks providing food, building materials and material to ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 13th 2010

we travelled to Egypt four times, covering many of its wonders... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan June 20th 2010

Luxor south to Aswan and back to Cairo It was an early start this morning to go over to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings. Our mode of transport started with a ferry to the other side where we met our donkeys for an hour’s walk to the tombs. The beast I was assigned was playing up at the start, nipping the other donkeys and being pushy, I tried to swap him, but the guide said this was the donkey for me. He turned out to be a great donkey and only nipped at a few of his stable mates on our journey. When donkeys speed up you bounce, it’s not like a gallop, more like a hop. Two people fell off, fortunately not me! We explored three major tombs on the site, ... read more
Feluccas on the Nile at Luxor
Making concrete at Luxor the hard way
Labour intensive building at Luxor

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan June 19th 2010

Monday morning we visited the Edfu Temple, which was the most intact of all the sites we visited, but it was built by the Greek pharaohs just before the AD changeover. This temple retained its ceiling, although many of the carvings had been defaced by early Christian squatters. The ceiling was blackened from cook fire soot, but the lower levels were protected from layers of silt remaining from years of the Nile floods. After sailing to Kom Ombo, we walked through the ruins of the Kom Ombo temple. The most interesting part of this site was a huge water well that was connected to the Nile. The level of the water inside the well determined the amount of taxes for a particular time of year: the higher the water, the higher the crop yield, the higher ... read more
Hieroglyphics at Edfu Temple
Boat Alter at Edfu Temple
Our Ship

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