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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab December 28th 2010

"10 pounds!?!?" exclaimed Sags. 1.5 litres of water cost about three pounds everywhere else in Egypt, you see. But here at the roadside shop in the middle of nowhere, it was ten pounds. I mean, where else are you going to go? It was obvious that there is an arrangement between Travel Talk and this shop for the coach to stop here, as our tour guide Yasser (or Yes Sir as he prefers to be known) shows us a model in the store of the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal was strategically important - and perhaps still is - as it provided a shipping route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea - and passage to the Indian Ocean. It was so important in fact, that the British made sure they kept control of it ... read more
Ooh, There It Is!
Chapel & Tower, St. Catherine's Monastery
Orange Fish

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo December 26th 2010

Back in Luxor, we had arrived back at the hotel after the longest day of sightseeing ever. But we had no rooms! I desperately needed a nap, but there was nowhere to have it! This was because we were all travelling overnight to Cairo that evening. Most people were going by coach - ouch. Luckily our friend Noelin who had done this tour before, recommended us to upgrade to sleeper cabins on an overnight train instead, which we did. We would be getting dinner, breakfast and a proper bed to sleep on. But we were still five hours away from catching our train... So the males of the group passed the last rays of daylight by having a very tiring game of water polo. The temperature drops like a stone once the sun starts to set ... read more
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Interior Of The Hanging Church
Mosque Courtyard

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor December 25th 2010

It was another freezing night on board the felucca and we were in fact, sailing when I woke up. Despite the freezing conditions, I wasn't happy to be getting up. I had still not caught up any of the sleep that I had lost travelling to Egypt. Breakfast was nice again, that tea is nice and sweet. Not so nice was the spot we got off the felucca - like a lot of places in Egypt, you could swear it was a rubbish tip. Litter and pollution is so bad here. We were then on the bus to the first sight of the day, Kom Ombo Temple. The history of Ancient Egypt is arguably the most famous in history and is divided into several dynasties of ruling families. Kom Ombo Temple was built during the 32nd ... read more
Pylon At Edfu Temple
Lift Off
Great Hypostle Hall

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

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 21st 2010

Looking out my hotel room window, the sun was just rising, creating a pink hew that blazed across the horizon. I knew I wasn't out of the woods yet, but so far so good. The bloody fire alarm in the hotel had gone off, and was still blaring. I was tired and hungover and the last thing I wanted to do was to evacuate the building and step outside into the freezing cold. And boy, was it freezing. Thankfully the alarm finally stopped, and I sneaked back into the warmth of my bed. Approximately three hours later, my Blackberry alarm rather than a fire alarm woke me again. I rushed over to the window and pulled the curtains. Shit. Shit, shit, shit. On any other occasion, the sight of snow billowing down from the heavens and ... read more
London, England
Paris, France
Cairo, Egypt

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos September 5th 2010

CRASH!! CREEEEEEAK! BANG! CREEEAKK! THUD!! CRACK!! Our boat was being thrashed around the Aegean Sea, as if we were in a giant washing machine. Every joint and every wall on-board was creaking, as the Viking Star groaned in pain. Closed doors swung open, only to slam back shut, as if by an angry ghost. The fact I was completely knackered from the swimming, quad-biking, drinking and partying on Santorini was the only reason I was drifting in and out of conciousness, rather than lying with my eyes wide open like just about everyone else on-board. It was still horrible though. The violent swaying of the boat almost threw me off my bed the times I was semi-concious, and the whole night felt like a terrible dream - as if in purgatory, unable to fall asleep yet ... read more
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
Gkee!
View Across The City

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini September 1st 2010

Pulling into Santorini by boat is a spectacular sight. With the white-painted towns built into the dramatic and steep brown cliffs, it evoked memories of the Cinque Terre. The old port is right at the bottom of one of these cliffs and Kyriaki tells us that there are only three ways to get to the town of Fira at the top - by cable car, by foot, or by donkey. We all take the easiest option first time around as we headed up for Kyriaki's tour of Fira. The view at the top is absolutely stunning. Originally a volcano, it erupted some 3600 years ago in what is one of the biggest volcano eruptions ever recorded. The eruption caused the volcano to sink into the sea, leaving only the crescent-shaped island of Santorini. The cliff-top view ... read more
Greek Dome
Silhouettes
Red Beach

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Iraklia August 30th 2010

As Del woke him up, Gkee looked at his watch. It was 4.30am - there was still another hour-and-a-half til they were meant to all get up - what was Del playing at? He of all people would never wake up this early - they all needed as much sleep as they could. This was when he realised that Del and Sags had actually just got back from wherever they were partying. An hour and a half later, Gkee had real trouble getting the other two up. "Yeah, I'm awake" mumbled Sags, before immediately settling back into a snore. Del, who he'd managed to coax out of bed, then had a go. "I'm coming" grumbled Sags. Waiting outside the dorm door for Sags, Gkee and Del cracked up as soon as Sags emerged. "What? Have I ... read more
Church Bell
Moonlighting
Streets Of Naxos Town #1

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens August 28th 2010

Thank God it was a short flight. Damn babies and toddlers. It was a hot flight too - like Icarus's wings, the on-board air conditioning wasn't quite strong enough when in close proximity to the blazing Greek sun. And now that I think about it, I think clapping on landing may in fact be an Orthodox tradition rather than an Eastern European one - although you could in fact say that Greece far enough east (two time zones to be exact) to be considered part of Eastern Europe. Anyway... I have always regarded Athens as a must-see - the history and importance of what is here is just too significant to miss. Many who have been here have said that it's a dirty, grimy city, not a place you would want to spend too much time ... read more
View From The Acropolis
Theatre of Dionysus
Temple Of Hephaestus

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania August 26th 2010

It was another scenic bus ride from Rethymno to Chania, again following the northern coast of Crete and providing some awesome cliff-side views. Other observations included mountain goats and miniature Orthodox churches that appear on the roadside. Common sense would tell you that they are memorials for people who have perished on those very spots on the road, but I'm not so sure. They have them in people's houses as well, almost as a substitute for going to an actual church. Standing outside Chania's rather chaotic bus station, I look at my map attempting to establish my location and a route to my accommodation. The Greek Cyrillic on the street signs and the Roman alphabet on my printed Google map don't help, so I resort to asking a local woman where I am on the map. ... read more
Best Beach Ever?
Sea Wall
What A View




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