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This is a blog of the adventures of two sisters on a quest to see the world.



Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab July 18th 2019

Snorkeling by the Red Sea Our first stop this morning was snorkeling by the Red Sea. I found snorkeling in the Red Sea intimidating and a little scary. There was a strong current pushing me towards the reef and I admit that I am not the best swimmer. I ended up cutting myself on the reef and decided not to go back in the water due to the strong current. Nevertheless, other travelers in the group said that they had an amazing experience snorkeling and would highly recommend it. I think Dahab would be a great area to visit for more experience swimmers. Dahab is known as the site for the "Blue Hole" nicknamed the worlds most dangerous diving site. It is also home to the "Canyon" another internationally famous dive site. It is one of ... read more
Bedouin Dinner
Dahab by the Red Sea
Dahab by the Red Sea

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab August 26th 2018

Today, was a long travel day. We woke up early in the morning to travel from Cairo to Dahab. Dahab is a relaxing small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is known to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destination. The drive was very long with a lot of tolls and security checkpoints. We reached Dahab in the late afternoon, where we relaxed by the pool. Tomorrow will be more exciting, as Renata and I are snorkeling and then heading to a Beduoin Dinner in the evening. Until then!... read more
Welcome to Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo August 25th 2018

Today, was dedicated to exploring the wonderful city of Cairo. Our first stop, the Egyptian Museum! The Egyptian Museum The Egyptian Museum houses the worlds largest collection of ancient Egyptian Artifacts. During our trip to Cairo, the Egyptian government had just finished building a beautiful, new, more advanced, and larger Egyptian museum closer to the Giza plateau. The museum officials were in the process of moving the artifacts from the current Egyptian museum to its new location. So not all of the artifacts were on display at the old museum. The old museum looked like it needed a makeover as it was in a state of organized chaos. It was small and overcrowded with no air conditioning. However, it did have the ambiance of an old storage warehouse. Going through the museum would not be as ... read more
Hanging Church
Mosque of Mohamed Ali
Khan El Khalili bazaar

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor August 24th 2018

Today, Renata and I are going on our first ever hot air balloon ride. We are so excited to witness the mesmerizing ancient monuments of Luxor from high in the sky. Hot Air Balloon Ride After an early morning pickup (around 3:00 a.m.) with Sinbad tours, Renata and I traveled to the east bank where we boarded a boat that took us to the west bank of the Nile river. In the boat we were given a brief safety demonstration and we had to fill out a waiver form in case anything happened. When we arrived at the Hot Air Balloon site, it was pitched black and Sinbad tours was just starting to slowly fill up the balloons. We boarded our Hot Air Balloon and the group had to shuffle around to distribute weight equally in ... read more
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Karnak Temple
Hot Air Balloon Ride

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor August 23rd 2018

This morning we had to unfortunately say goodbye to the amazing crew who took care of us on our Felucca journey for the past two nights as we head back to Luxor. On our way to Luxor, we stopped at the Temple of Edfu, which is considered the best preserved temple in Egypt. Temple of Edfu The Edfu temple is the second largest temple in Egypt after Karnak Temple. It has an inner sanctuary and is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. As the son of Osiris and Isis, Horus avenged his father Osiris's death at the hands of Seth in a great battle at Edfu. Seth was exiled and Horus took the throne. Egyptian Pharaohs claim to be the incarnation of Horus, who was said to be "the living king." The temple was buried in ... read more
Edfu Temple
Luxor Temple
Edfu Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan August 22nd 2018

Today we sailed, relaxed and swam along the famous Nile river in our felucca. We also enjoyed our evening sleeping under the stars. The Nile The Nile played an important role in shaping the lives and society of Ancient Egypt. It provided the ancient Egyptians with food, transportation, building materials and more. The river flows north through Egypt and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. The names of the two regions of Egypt, Upper (in the south) and Lower Egypt (in the north) come from the flow of the Nile river. The most important thing that the Nile provided to the Ancient Egyptians was fertile land. The black soil along the Nile is rich and good for growing crops. The three most important crops were wheat, flax and papyrus. Flooding of the Nile was through to be ... read more
Felucca
Felucca
Felucca

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Abu Simbel August 21st 2018

Today, Renata and I are heading early in the morning to explore the temple of Abu Simbel. Then we are going to check out the Philae Temple and end our evening boarding a felucca to cruise along the Nile. Abu Simbel We arose early in the morning at around 3:00 a.m. to head towards Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is an elaborate temple constructed by the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. The temple is mainly cut into a solid rock cliff, and depicts the victory of Ramses II during the Hittites at Kadish battle in 1274 B.C. The Grand temple entrance has four seated colossi of King Ramses II on his throne at different ages. In the inner sanctum there are four statues: Ra, Amun, Ptah and Ramesses himself. The temple was built in such a way ... read more
Abu Simbel
Philae Temple
Abu Simbel

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor August 20th 2018

Today Renata and I explored three places in Luxor: The Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. We finished the evening with a Nubian Dinner at a nearby Nubian village in Aswan. Colossi of Memnon The Colossi of Memnon are these two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III made from sandstone. The faces are a little run down but they are interesting to behold. The Valley of the Kings The Valley of the Kings was a highlight of our day in Luxor and one of the highlights of our trip to Egypt. Along with building massive pyramids, the Ancient Egyptians also built underground tombs which housed many ancient Pharaoh treasures. The most famed collection of underground tombs is located in the Valley of the Kings which ... read more
KV2
KV11
Hatshepsut Temple

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza August 19th 2018

Today, we set out to explore the famous pyramids in Egypt. The pyramids were tombs created by Egyptian Pharoahs. The Egyptian pharoahs believed that they would become gods in the afterlife. To prepare for the afterlife they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramids tombs for themselves filled with all the things they would need in the next world. While the pyramids of Giza are the most famous in Egypt, there are more than 130 other pyramids discovered scattered throughout Egypt. One such pyramid is the step pyramid in Saqqara. The Step Pyramid in Saqqara The step pyramid in Saqqara was built by the Pharoah Djoser in 2700BC. It was planned by Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian vizier who became known for his incredible achievements. The step pyramid at Saqqara is considered the oldest complete stone ... read more
Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza
Camel Ride at the Pyramids

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo August 18th 2018

We finally arrived! After a long flight Renata and I finally reached Cairo. At the airport, we were greeted by a representative for Travel Talk Tours who kindly helped us with obtaining our Visa and Luggage (which took forever). We were then on our way to our hotel, the Oasis Hotel Pyramids, which I highly recommend. Today was a day to relax as we slept and swam in the luxurious hotel pool. Later that evening we met up with our tour mates and Egyptologist guide, Sam. Sam went over the itinerary and optional excursions of the Egyptian part of our tour. Afterwards a group of us decided to go on the optional group dinner and cruise. In hindsight, the cruise was unremarkable and the food tasted bland. However, it was great getting to know the other ... read more
Dinner Cruise
Dinner Cruise
Dinner Cruise




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