Month: <span>March 2012</span>

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March 30, 2012March 30, 2012

Our emotional attachment to St Catherine’s.

Near Mount Sinai and associated with so many biblical references, St Catherine’s is one of the oldest Christian monasteries still in existence and it takes a 2.5 hour drive to get to it. The day before we wake up to the sad news that a Melbourne friend has passed away. In spite of smart phones...

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March 30, 2012March 30, 2012

Americans have apple pie, Egyptians eat molokhai.

Yes, we know about falafel and foul medames. But if you really want to challenge yourself with a country’s most typical and authentic food that you won’t find in too many other places, then eating molokhai in Egypt is the thing you do. It’s simpler to describe it as a soup made from spinach-like leaves. You can add...

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March 29, 2012March 29, 2012

Take the felucca ride, take the felucca ride!

The early morning wake up calls and the touring schedule conspired to make us consider a long after lunch nap on the deck of our Nile cruise ship. We resisted and we are so glad we did. Because that humble short felucca ride (one hour) was just about the most peaceful, restful and calming thing we...

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March 29, 2012March 29, 2012

The way it’s been in Egypt for centuries.

What we envisaged to be another long bus trip from Aswan back to Luxor turns out to be a fascinating revelation of the Nile farming villages and a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries. The same dwellings, the same farming, the same Nile. No change here. These people haven’t got a clue why...

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March 29, 2012March 29, 2012

100% Egyptian cotton linen and towels at Sharm El Sheikh.

Yes, I know I’m supposed to enthuse about the all inclusive food, drinks and amenities of Egypt’s premier resort. But what did it for me was sliding in between those smooth, soft and light 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. Whereas tourism and occupancy rates were 60% down for the rest of our Egypt tour, here on...

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March 29, 2012March 29, 2012

Would you travel there just to see a library? Yes you would.

I was born in Alexandria. The obvious attraction in this visit was to retrace the family neighbourhood, the house we lived in, Stanley Bay where we spent endless summer hours swimming as Dad fished and Mum watched over us from the rented beach cabin. No one was more surpised than me to discover that the...

Such generosity we will have to pay for at the Great Pyramids.
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March 29, 2012March 29, 2012

Such generosity we will have to pay for at the Great Pyramids.

Our scheduled visit to the Great Pyramids coincided with a sandstorm. I had never been in one before and had probably only “experienced” it on TV in one of those old western movies. Many that day were disappointed that their pyramid pictures were not going to be as clear and sharp as they would on...