Leslie and Lesley's Big Adventures


Leslie and Lesley's Big Adventures

Just a little blog about our holidays.

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo January 27th 2012

Woke up in Aswan to a beautiful warm day, perfect for a slow sail down the Nile to Luxor aka Thebes. The Felucca was quite a bit larger than I had imagined, room enough for 13 passengers on the covered deck and a crew of three below. Since it was a cross wind we had to tack back and forth, not making much headway. Not really a problem since we weren't in a rush. That evening we moored on the shore and made ready to spend the night on the Felucca. Interesting to say the least. The next morning it was a short sail and a bus ride to Luxor. The Luxor museum was the next stop. Containing the best of the best it had statues that could take your breath away. After that it was ... read more
Felucca on the Nile
Pillars of Karnak
Colossus of Memnon

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Thebes January 24th 2012

We started the trip south with a trip to Giza and the pyramids. It really surprised us to find that the pyramids are in a suburb of Cairo. Out of the bus and on to a camel. Lumbering over the sand dunes towards the Great Pyramid. What a sight to behold. the Sphinx was as enigmatic as anything we've come across. After the pyramids we went to the Cairo museum. A gigantic storehouse of Egyptian antiquities including Ramses I, the mummy that was found in the Niagara Falls museum in 1996. That night we took the night train from Cairo down to Aswan. From Aswan we went on a long bus ride down to Abu Simbel to see the re-constructed temple of Ramses II. It was astounding to think that they took the temple apart, stone ... read more
Pyramids in the distance.
Hamming it up on the camels.
Proof we were there.

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Mohandessin January 10th 2012

Sorry for the delay, but the interent is not a accessible as I would have thought. Well better late than never. I'll try and keep the entries as brief as possible so as not to bore the pants off anyone. As always if you do not want to get update for the blog just remove your name from the list, I won't be offended. The flight to London went off without a hitch. Since it was a one day layover we didn't even leave to airport to find a hotel, we stayed at the capsule hotel in Gatwick. Twenty meters square and cute as a button. I did decide to go out for a swift pint and ended up on a pub crawl of Westminster. The next day was Athens and sightseening on the Acropolis. It ... read more
Gatwick hotel
London on a pub crawl.
View from our hotel.

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul February 23rd 2010

Our first stop was Istanbul, it was also our last. So we thought that we'd put them both together. We were on a real high when we first got to Turkey, all pumped up and raring to go. Istanbul is full of history, everywhere you turn, there it is. Even the little variety stores are in buildings that are over a hundred years old. We got up the first morning and went to the Hagia Sophia, a museum that had been a mosque which had been a church. Time to head off to Asia for a few weeks after all it wasn't that warm in Turkey. When we got back we had a little more time to experience the sights and culture of Istanbul. We got to see the Blue Mosque, the Spice Bazaar, the underground ... read more
Blue Mosque By Moonlight
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 20th 2010

Angkor Wat is the largest temple complex in the world and a UNESCO Heritage site. It truley is massive. You could spend days walking around it but we only had one day left so we decided to do some of it by hot air balloon. The Angkor Wat temple is the most famous and gives it's name to the entire complex of over 100 temples built over 400 years between 800 and 1200 AD. So there was no way to see all of them in one day. I saw only the best 5 temples, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm and 2 smaller ones. It was inspiring but the huge numbers of tourists took away from the ambiance. Mea culpa. Our time is quickly coming to end and we're off to Bangkok and Istanbul. Later.... read more
Peace Out.
Angkor Wat
Temples and Tombs

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta February 18th 2010

We spent our last day on the Mekong Delta in Can Tho. What a pleasant surprise. We'd never heard of it and therefor we had no preconceptions of what it would be like. It was a very pretty city especially since it was all decked out for Tet. The people were friendly, the beer cold and the snake tender. What more could you ask. After driving back to HCMC we flew out to Phu Quoc Island for a bit of relaxation on the beach. During our time on the island, Vietnam celebrated Tet. It's just like New Years Eve, but it lasts 4 days and during that time the entire country grinds to a halt. Just as well we were on a beach. After a fast boat ride and a slow bus trip, we found ourselves ... read more
Can Tho at Night
Happy Chappy
Fishing Fleet

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta February 12th 2010

After a short flight from Hoi An we arrived it HCMC aka Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon. We decided to take a tour of the Mekong Delta which included the "floating market". There were thousands of boats. Big ones, little ones, packed with everything from pineapples to pigs. Quite the show. The farmers were all there selling as much as they could 'cause Tet was less than a week away. Tet of course being the Vietnamese New Year. We also saw them making rice paper and coconut candy at small farms. It was interesting watching them make use of every bit of the rice plant, even the husks were burnt and then the ash used as fertilizer. Well enough of HCMC, we're off for some more beach time on Phu Quoc Island. Later, Leslie & ... read more
Mock Cock Fight.
Leslie Finds a Friend.
Little Shop on the Mekong.

Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué February 7th 2010

After leaving Ha Noi we took the sleeper train to Hue (pronounced Hway) a former capital of Vietnam. There were lots of old Palaces and Tombs inside a massive Citadel. The city suffered during the war and is slowly being restored. Two days here and we were off to Hoi An for a bit of beach relaxation and lots of clothes shopping. Hoi An is the city of a thousand tailors and at least 500 shoemakers. Hand made clothes in less than a day. You can get a pair of shoes made in 24 hours for less than $24. Needless to say we made good use of the facilities. The plan was to take a short bus ride to Da Lat and stay there a couple of days but the best laid plans always run amok. ... read more
Hue Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Tomb of the Emperor

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi February 2nd 2010

We have left the lovely country of Lao behind and we're moving on to Vietnam. The calm of Lao has been replaced by the frantic hustle and bustle of Ha Noi. With it's 8 million people and 36 million scooters it is a nightmare crossing the street. Luckily we decided to stop off on Ha Long Bay for a short cruise. Wow, what a difference. Quiet, peaceful and most of all the view of a lifetime. The best part of the cruise had to be the Surprising Cave. It was huge. Nestled in one of the islands it blew us away with it's size and beauty. Back to Ha Noi for a night and now we're off to Hue on the overnight train. Later.... read more
Vang Vieng view.
Motor scooters galore.
Uncle Ho's Mausoleum

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang January 25th 2010

We've been in Lao for about five days now and it is the most friendly county you could imagine. With it's French influenced architecture and food, this charming country is a treat for the eyes and the stomach. After the cruise down the Mekong we stopped in Luang Prabang. From here we did several side trips, the best of which was the elephant riding and zip-line. Not at the same time though. The other highlight was the procession of the monks collecting alms at 6am in the morning. I know most of you are thinking Leslie and 6am rarely get used in the same sentence. It was worth the pain. Tomorrow we're off to Vientaine and our flight to Vietnam. More later. Lesley and Leslie... read more
Limestone Falls near Luang Prabang.
Lesley's Hmong friend.
Zip lining through the jungle.

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