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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 09:33 PM
This thread is dedicated to those who can’t afford a trip to the ancient times. :awww: But I hope they’ll manage one day.

In order to read this thread as carefully as it deserves, and watch all the photos and videos embedded, you need at least 1 hour or even more. Therefore, be sure that you have that much time at your disposal. I believe many people will find something interesting here. And, please, don’t post anything before it is done. Enjoy.

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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Thursday, 07 August 2008

- Departure
- Hotel

The day of my trip to Egypt has finally come. :bigclap: I had 2 escorts – my kid and my :inlove: It was quite a hot day + nervousness + adrenalin, etc. The kid was nervous as usual: I want chips, I’m thirsty, I want ice cream... :rolleyes: Nobody wanted to join me this year because they didn’t want to watch ruins and deserts at +50 in the shade. :shrug: Following instructions of the people from the agency, we arrived to the airport around 16:00, and joined endless queue of people waiting in front of agency’s office to collect their tickets and pay additional €37 for the airport tax. :(

17:20. First call for the passengers for Cairo, flight number JU 7174. Let’s go to the gate A1. I don’t know why, but our flight was moved for 18:30. :shrug: Kiss for one escort, kiss for another, and :wavey:.

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Therefore, the plane has landed in Cairo at 21:10. We moved our watches to 22:10. We’re getting out from the plane and going to collect our bags. Two Egyptian guys are waiting for us, and one by one we’re slowly joining them with our luggage.

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These guys inserted some stickers in our passports (Egyptian visas :)). They’re also telling us to exchange some money because Friday is non working day in Egypt, and we’ll need some cash because our first visit is scheduled for early in the morning.

There are 3 buses outside waiting for us. As the bus rolls down the Cairo streets our guide tells us that we’ll travel around 40 minutes to our hotels - 3 hotels, all located in Giza. Then, he’s telling us all those things that I already know given that this is my 3rd visit to an Arabian country (I even lived 1 year in one of them), but the others should also hear some details.

We arrived to the Gawharet al Ahram hotel around midnight. The room has 24m2 and windows in the corner. Amazing view. There’s one building on the left and one building on the right. In one of these buildings I saw goats on the third floor. :lol: Children shout outside till 02:00 AM, their mothers call them... I never opened these windows. I didn’t move the curtains either. Besides, the air conditioner worked like mad somewhere from the ceiling. There were people who complained that their air conditioners didn’t work.

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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Friday, 08 August 2008

- Giza Plateau
- Museum
- Bazaar
- Dinner in the boat

I woke up at 06:00 and prepared myself a cup of coffee that I brought from Serbia. That’s what I always do wherever I travel. :lol: Nothing compares with it. Breakfast began at 07:00. The food was so tasteless, :o but we had to eat something. 07:30. We’re leaving. Our bus cruised down the wide Cairo streets. Buildings left and right, one hangs on another, dirt and cabbage everywhere around. Buildings without stucco, only orange brick, and washed clothes hang down from the windows. Horrible. Only those buildings in the main boulevards look normally, at least their front side. Between the buildings one can see sand and wastes. It is very interesting that the windows are not positioned on the same level on the same floor. :tape: But it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the windows exist. ;) People live here from today till tomorrow. Who cares for windows. After 30 minutes of driving through this crazy and twisted city we finally arrived to the Giza Plateau. What a feeling! You’re standing in front of the miracle that you read about, and could only see the pics. And now you are head to head.

Khufu pyramid

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Since our hotel was situated in Giza, we could see pyramids from the roof of the hotel. Guy called Halid from the partner agency Eagle Travel gives us the tickets, while our guide explains what we’ll see here. We’re heading towards the Khufu (Kheops) pyramid, people click with their cameras, you can hardly record anything surrounded by thousands of people. As soon as we stepped up onto the plateau we were immediately attacked by those “walking guys in dresses” who started pushing various stupid things in our hands trying to convince us to buy them. WTF!? :confused: Of course, in order to get rid of him I bought handful of crap for €10 and ran away to our group. However, as soon as we separated to make some shots, here they are again, other “walking guys in dresses” pushing in our hands the same crap that we already bought from luckier ones. Since I made enough shots (I regret that I didn’t make a vid :awww:) I got back to our bus. After 10 minutes we were on our way to Chephren pyramid, which is positioned right behind the biggest one. I’m watching others in the bus, relieved that I’m not the only one who threw away €10. :silly:

We got out in front of the Chephren pyramid

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I made few shots – click, click, and got back to the shade of our bus to smoke. Those who wanted could go inside the pyramid, but I was not willing to crawl in the heat through the airless space in the pyramid. When the group of curious crawlers came back, we headed to one plateau from where we could see better all three pyramids and make some nice shots.

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This plateau was also full of tourists. You can hear many languages; local traders sell various souvenirs, some on stands, some walking. After I made a few shots I hade away in the shade of our bus to smoke one more cigarette. Since I was attacked by those “walking guys in dresses” again I escaped inside.

The next place where we stopped was the ruin of Chephren temple with the sphinx

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We could also see all 3 pyramids from that place. There were many chairs placed like in cinema. That’s because in the evening people organise here light show performances. Organizers light up these pyramids and somebody, in English or Russian or whatever language, talks about the history of each pyramid, dynasties and other details about them. We finished this visit very quickly.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 09:48 PM
The 2nd station - Cairo Museum

Since we were not allowed to make shots inside, I caught it outside.

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:speakles: It is wonderful inside. There are thousands of statues, figures, drawings, various hieroglyph writings, coffins, household items, maps... We saw Tutankhamun’s jewellery, mask, chariots, even bed. More info on this museum could be found here (I recently discovered this website :worship:): http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~ancient/museum.htm. Our guide talks about many things, but it was very difficult to remember all of them: progress from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom, but we were boiled and already tired. However, the biggest exhausting is just to come. Pity that we couldn’t take some pics.

We’re getting out from the museum. Our bus finally arrived and we went to the Bazaar.

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Christ! :scared: Our bus dropped us out in front of one mosque from which one street leads ahead, and another one leads to the left. 7 of us entered this one that leads to the left. I don’t have to mention that we were immediately attacked by shop keepers, they almost pulled our arms. The street is narrow and you can hardly pass by those that are coming from the opposite direction. Shop keepers shout trying to convince you to buy something just in their shop. We ran out from this street as soon as it was possible. Even if you’d buy something, you don’t dare to stop, but keep on running out from that mess. We’re finally out from this street and watch one shop keeper who collects origano from the pavement and puts it back in the sack. :eek:.

When we were finally on the safe, (i.e. at the starting point where the bus will collect us), the prayer began from the mosque.

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We’re finally going back to our hotels. We arrived exhausted and sweaty around 18:00, and right away at 19:15 we’re in the bus again going to the boat where we’ll have dinner and watch an oriental performance.

While the bus cruises through the Cairo streets to Nile our guide talks about the prices of apartments in the luxury buildings by Nile, where only wealthy people can live. The square metre of those expensive apartments with the windows turned to Nile is twice cheaper than the cheapest square metre in one of Belgrade suburban settlement-Never Lands. The price of m2 of those apartments that don’t watch the river is much cheaper.

Here we go. A 100 people from 3 buses slowly filled the boat (The Nile Pharaoh :lol:).

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Considering that almost nobody ate all day long except that tasteless breakfast in the hotel, we started eating as soon as we put some food in our plates. Children were so boring: What’s this, I don’t want that, I want this, so that the self service lasted more than 45 minutes. Food was great and, of course, with lot of aroma, and we ate while the boat was sailing down Nile. During the dinner, one guy, followed by one synthesizer player, sang Strangers-in-the-Night-style songs.

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After the dinner one girl whose skirt looked like ragged fishing net got up on the stage and started dancing followed by the orchestra. Her eyes and physic look were so Slavic. :scratch: She was not an Arabian belly dancer. Well, it doesn’t matter. The guests were satisfied with her performance.

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When this girl finished first part of her performance, one guy - dervish got up on the stage and started whirling. That man whirled about 20 minutes (to the left) with some platters or whatever in his hands. :eek: He put one of them later on his head and continued rotating. The music was real Arabian, one of those that hypnotises. :weirdo: Madness! Guests were delighted. :bowdown:

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After his performance belly dancer came back again and danced one more time. The show was finally finished when the boat stopped at the dock. We’re going to our buses in very good mood. This was real holiday for eyes, soul and stomach after that bazaar and tasteless breakfast in the hotel. What a day! :weirdo:

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Saturday, 09 August 2008

- Saqqara
- Memphis
- Coptic Quarter
- Cairo Citadel

Today we could make choice, either Alexandria – which means 8 hours in bus, or visits to Saqqara, Memphis, Coptic Quarter and Cairo Citadel. I chose second option and didn’t regret. It was very hot, but WTF. :shrug:

Our first station – Saqqara

We travelled about 45 minutes, not because it is so far away, but because getting out from Cairo is hell. Saqqara is one Never Land in the middle of nowhere, in which we saw the step pyramid of the King Djoser or Zoser (both words are correct). We visited also the ruins of his temple, passed by Teti Pyramid, Mereruka Pyramid (quite damaged) and one more, completely screwed up pyramid. Mereruka was, as much as I heard our guide, something like the prime minister in modern countries in Djoser’s era.

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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:01 PM
The next station - Memphis

After half-of-hour driving we arrived again in front of one gate. We saw here (in the court) alabaster sphinx, several damaged ruins of some pillars or walls or whatever, and one big statue of Ramses II. Guide started talking to the group. I didn’t hear anything because I was taking pics. :o

After that we entered one small museum where’s the giant statue of Ramses II. This statue was found in Nile. According to the position of his arms it is obvious that he was alive when the statue was constructed. We learnt that if the pharaoh was dead when his statue was built his arms are crossed on his chest on the statue.

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I bought here for 60 USD some alabaster figures that my kid asked for. Really, they’re unbreakable. I checked before I bought them. Only the figure of Amun Re (he saw Amun-Re in cartoons :rolleyes:) was not made of alabaster and my kid already broke its nose. :lol: Alabaster figures - sphinx and cat are still in one part.

I should also emphasize that wherever we were going, those "guys in dresses" were envying us, offering various figures, postcards, small pyramids, bad quality papyrus, etc. We learnt that lesson at the Giza Plateau, so we knew how to resist.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Third station – Coptic Quarter

We left our bus in one narrow street in Coptic Quarter

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We visited there two churches and one synagogue. The first building that we visited was the Church of Saint Barbara. We couldn’t take pics here, so I made some outside the church.

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The next building that we visited was so-called Hanging Church. The legend says that Jesus Christ was hidden here when he was baby, and that he ate the fruits of the palm trees. They call it the Hanging Church because it hangs on columns. Incredible architecture. Just amazing. :eek:

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After this church, we also visited the synagogue that I mentioned above. Taking pics was not allowed here, but it looked nice both outside and inside.

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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:05 PM
The last visit for today - Saladin Citadel (or Cairo Citadel :shrug:)

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That’s one big fortress with a beautiful mosque inside. From this fortress you can see the whole Cairo, including Giza pyramids. I didn’t see them. :confused:

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After sightseeing some went inside the mosque, but I was too lazy to take my sneakers off, so I went down to find our bus and take some more pics.

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We came back to the hotel around 19:00. After shower I went to the restaurant which is located at the top of the hotel to have some dinner and make some pics and vids of Cairo and Giza from the terrace. One more nicely arranged day. Kontiki Travel :worship:

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Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Sunday, 10 August 2008

- Leaving for Hurghada
- Hotel (Charm Life Paradise)

We left Cairo at 08:30.

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The trip was very pleasant and we travelled 6 hours.

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After 2 hours spent in buses we made a break in the restaurant Sahara Inn. There were about 100 people in 3 buses.

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We finally arrived to Hurghada at 15:00. After the reception procedure, I went to my room, had shower, and went to see the beach and swimming pool.

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Swimming pool in the inner part of the hotel

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At the end of the court there’s the hotel beach, not bigger than 400 m2 with approx 30 parasols.

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Hotel park

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View from the corridor window in front of my room

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I decided to go to the beach every morning at 06:00 because I want to swim in clear and transparent water which is not the case when the beach is crowded. Besides, after 08:00 being on the beach is almost impossible because the heat becomes unbearable. That heat lasts until 20:00.

In order to get out from the hotel I walked through its corridors more than 10 minutes. However, I found next morning stairs near my room that lead to the court. :o It was so hot outside...

Sunset on the beach

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I was finally happy with the temperature in the hotel restaurant. Unfortunately it didn’t last long. I couldn’t find a place to sit, so I had to get out on the terrace (which was full of Russians :)), where I sat in one corner with some rise and fish on my plate. I removed more sweat from my face in that corner than I ate. I couldn’t wait to get back to the room, which was nicely cooled during my absence.

Some pics from the hotel restaurant

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Tomorrow we’ll have a day off, and the visit to the Bedouin village in the desert is scheduled for the day after tomorrow at 16:00. We should return to the hotel about 22:00. After today’s bad experience, I decided to have dinner at 19:00 from now on. I suppose that the situation is similar with the breakfast, and I decided to have breakfast at 07:00, immediately after morning swimming and shower. 7 is the key number in Egypt. Ha, ha, ha.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Monday, 11 August 2008

- The first day off

Here it is, the first free and unorganized day. Since I went to the beach at 06:00, according to my plan, I had a nice opportunity to take some pics.

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We had meeting with our guide at 11:00 and we agreed to go for a walk and some shopping in the evening. Considering last night’s bad experience, I went to the hotel restaurant at 19:00. Great. I took some food and it was my first normal meal after that dinner in the Cairo boat. Every day here you correct the mistakes that you made the day before (that are not your fault :shrug:), and just when you learn everything that you should know you’re going back home.

Since it is very hot during the day, the shops work till late at night. It is 20:00 right now, and I’m going to find my friends to walk for a while. As soon as we got out from the hotel gate one guy called Hasan attacked us and took us to his shop. I bought here few little thingies (buying freedom again :lol:).

When we got rid of Hasan, we turned right, walking about 1 mile in that direction.

Fountain

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On our way back, needing some refreshment, we sat in one cafe. We met there our company from the hotel. Nice crowd - 3 Bosnian girls, refugees who live in Belgrade and one guy from Croatia with his girlfriend.

We were sitting there drinking either coke or beer and, around midnight I took one woman to the nearby shop where I saw wonderful water pipes (hookah, nargila, etc), knowing that she’ll better discuss the price than me with the shop keeper since she was very good in Hasan’s shop. I decided to buy water pipe, and I bought it at 01:30. He said that the price is 80 USD because this one is not fake, but the real one that you can use. My friend discussed the price with him, and I’ve got it for 55 USD. I’ve also got tobacco or whatever with the aroma of green apple, red apple, coconut, banana, strawberry, etc. When we left the shop at 1:30 all our companions have already been gone to the hotel.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

- The Desert

I spent this morning according to the plan I made two days ago. During the breakfast my companion told me that those Bosnian girls (probably traumatized with what they experienced in Bosnia during the civil war) scared her husband. They told him that we’re the most probably kidnapped, maybe they gave us some drug to smoke and sold us, etc. and he should call the police. :rolls: Poor man. :awww: OTOH, we had lot of fun, smoking hookah and kidding with the guy.

At 15:00, 8 people from our hotel were already in jeep heading to the desert. Our driver was Coptic Christian.

Santa Claus and cross :haha:

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After one hour we arrived to the first stop. It was an optical illusion (fata morgana), and we’ve all seen a small blue lake, even with the reflection of surroundings. Incredible! :eek: We made some shots and went on passing just through that “lake”.

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The next stop was one rocky dune, and I also made some shots from there.

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We finally arrived to the Bedouin village.

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We drank there some cold water, and the hosts put us in one... :scratch:... shack :shrug:, where our new guide gave us a brief info on Bedouins and their habits. She was as tall as Venus Williams, and her hair...

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The village is being ruled by sheik, who’s the only educated person in the village. He inherited this title from his father. He is the priest, judge and everything in the village, and the only educated person in the village. This tribe was lucky with its sheik.

Firstly, we visited their “bakery” and “pharmacy“.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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There were two women with covered faces in the “bakery”. This one in black is 46, and the younger is 27 and she has 3 children, for now. We tried a piece of bread. :tape: Water, flour and salt. It tastes like the pancake that you made when you wanted to eat something sweet in the middle of the night, but you haven’t had material for pancakes, so you made it with what you had. At least we have jam or in the worst case sugar. Bedouins don’t live longer than 46-47 years, so that we can consider this baker an old lady. In the “pharmacy”, nothing but some sticks for “white teeth”, some grasses and some senseless things on 5-6 stands.

After we left their bakery and pharmacy we went to see their mosque,

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sheik’s house,

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and the well. When the well dries, they remove to another place. Their wives take care of children, camels and houses, while men constantly seek for new wells so that they can remove when their current well dries. The world’s big companies are the biggest problem for them. They come to their villages, take their water and pack it in bottles for sale, like Pepsi for instance. We drank Pepsi water in Egypt packed in bottles (from these wells). :awww: They pack that good and healthy water from these desert wells to sell it in Egyptian resorts. Of course, they probably give them some coin for using their wells, but that’s not enough and thus they must live that nomad life.

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Sneki rides camel :rolls:

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After riding camels we stopped to refresh. In one improvised shop I bought myself Fanta and 3 juices for three little Bedouins.

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They’re so cute. I enjoyed watching how they play and run and roll on the sand.

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I paid for these 4 drinks 20 Egyptian Pounds – 4 USD. Everything here costs 20 EP. All the money that they collect they give to their sheik and he goes to Hurghada with his car (modern Bedouin :)) and buys the vegetables for them all and golden earrings for new-born girls, etc. They rarely can even see the meat and when they eat vegetables it is the holiday for them. This sheik takes really good care of his tribe. One boy once broke his arm and he took him to Hurghada to be treated in the ambulance. When the kid came back with gypsum on his arm they were shocked.

All the Bedouins in this village are relatives. There is one very important woman in the village. She scans boys and girls, and when she creates a couple in her head, :silly: she tells sheik that this boy and that girl could be a nice couple. Then, sheik invites them and their fathers to arrange a marriage. The girl has a task to prepare a tea. If she likes the boy she puts sugar in his cup, but if she doesn’t like the boy she doesn’t put the sugar. However, nobody asks her for anything.

The evening has come, so we went to have dinner. In the same big “shack” we were offered with kebab, sesame sauce, salad and potatoes. When the dinner was over we went to the party that Bedouins organized for us. About 10 Bedouins sang and played drums for us, and some people really had lot of fun.

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Bye, bye, Bedouins. Thank you. :worship: :wavey:

On the half way to Hurghada, between some hills, our guide took us out from jeeps to “listen to the silence”. We sat on the sand and stopped talking and moving. You can hear how your heart beats and ringing in your ears. This is the real silence, amazing phenomenon. That’s the real sound of silence that you can hear only in the desert. However, it didn’t last too long because our drivers started to chat and laugh, and their mobiles started to ring and our adventure was over. La Luna was positioned somehow crazy on the sky so we couldn’t make pics and vids of starry night, but it doesn’t matter. At least I managed to get some nice shots before the dinner.

Moon above the desert mountain

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Sunset in the desert

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We were back to our hotel around 22:00, just to drink one more coffee before we go to sleep. I agreed with my friend that we should go for a walk tomorrow to the left from the hotel because we had a free day. Her husband told others in our group to be alert because we plan to go shopping again. :lol:

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:27 PM
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

- Free day

Another day off. I decided to spend it in the room, having rest and watching Olympics if there’s something interesting. Since I’m going to the beach at 6, have breakfast at 7, and from 8 to 12 I’ll surely sleep, I’ll have 7 hours left for other activities. I spent these 7 hours watching Olympics, writing this report and reading a book (Jane Fonda – My Life so Far :bowdown:).

After the breakfast I went with a few people from our group to the pharmacy to buy some pills for stomach (2 USD) because I had some reaction, the most probably. Fortunately I didn’t get famous Egyptian amoeba and felt generally well. Whatever you eat here during the day you “pee” tomorrow morning. :lol: I had some weak colic but was not in trouble like some of us. Everything stopped after the first pill that I drank.

After the dinner I went with my friend and her husband for a walk. We’re again “arrested” in one shop. Two guys put the chairs, started to offer their goods, brought us the water, we’re friends now, and for 10 seconds you wasted 50 USD. :shrug: They are real experts for robbery. We bought some t-shirts on which they’ll sew our names in Arabian and hieroglyphs. :rolleyes: I paid 48 USD for 2 shirts. :tape: I didn’t want to be arrested in the next shop, but I went to the hotel given that I must wake up early in the morning for the Luxor adventure. In whatever shop you enter here you exit for 50 USD shorter. :lol: My friend told me later that the guy who pulled them in to his shop started showering them with some perfumes and gave her the bottle of the perfume that she “asked for”. She said that she didn’t ask for anything, but he didn’t give up. They told him that they have not the money, and then he said that the credit card is acceptable. At last they paid €78 for that perfume. The price of these perfumes is €2 for 1 gram. Thanks God for my intuition :bowdown:.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Thursday, 14 August 2008

- Luxor

The sweatiest day of my Egypt adventure has finally come. Mobile rings at 04:00. WTF?!? What can I do :shrug: (€60, but unforgettable experience). I went down to the reception at 05:10. I met there some people from our group who chose this excursion. They’re taking the lunch packets prepared by the kitchen staff. I found 3 croissants, jam, cheese and cucumber inside. :rolls: Bus leaves at 05:15, and we’ll collect by the way people from 3 other hotels. Our guide showed us new villas of 200 m2 under construction. The price - €40,000 per each. I took this opportunity to catch the sunrise.

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Around 06:30 we stopped at some place, station or whatever where we joined a convoy of buses that will go to Luxor together, followed by the police.

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After half of hour we were on our way to Luxor. The road through the desert does not look romantic at all, but is very exciting.

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At 08:30 convoy stopped in front of one restaurant where we drank coffee and some ate something from their lunch packets.

Around 11:30 we arrived to Luxor. Its citizens waved to us, happy because these convoys are the only resource for them. Landscape is wonderful. :inlove:

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:eek: Everywhere wheat, maize, even sunflowers. Only palm trees in the distance show that something’s wrong here; acacias by the road; pumps shower fields with the water from the channels. You can’t believe that you’re in Egypt.

Already at 11:30 we stopped in front of the first monument. Colossi of Memnon - stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Amazing!

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People who left their buses click with their cameras; you can’t find a place from which you can shoot. I managed somehow. You can hear people speaking Spanish, French, Serbian, Russian, Czech, Italian, Japanese, Polish, English... We bought here the maps of Nile and continued our visit to the next monument. I didn’t even watch my map, and when I got back to the hotel I’ve seen the title “Карта Нила”. :speakles: At first I was surprised that they write in Serbian, but when I checked the map I discovered that it is written in Russian. :lol:

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:31 PM
The next stop was the Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut. That’s one chick who ruled ancient Egypt as both queen and king in one period of its history, nearly 35 centuries ago. Here are some shots.

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People shoot with their cameras; tourist guides talk in many different languages. Only our guide shouts so much that her voice echoes through the temple and surrounding desert: HATSHEPSUT RULED EGYPT BOTH LIKE WOMAN AND MAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111!!!!!!!!!!! 1111111 I noticed that people from the Czech Republic don’t listen to their guide but to our. :rolls: Inside the temple we saw plenty of statues, hieroglyph writings and drawings on the walls.

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After sightseeing we walked back to our bus. It was very hot day, but there’s no place to hide.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Our next stop – The Valley of the Kings. All these 3 places are positioned on the western bank of Nile. We arrived to one building that looks like a museum, entered and stopped in front of the map of the tombs. Under this table there are some sticks that show how deep each tomb is.

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They discovered 65 tombs so far, but we can visit only three. Since taking pics is not allowed inside, I made some shots outside

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The first one was the tomb of Ramses III.

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We’re going down stony stairs. It stinks down there, but curiosity is stronger. As we’re progressing downstairs we’re watching drawings and writings on the walls. There are some holes in these walls, like small rooms. There’s nothing inside them. When we finally got down, we made half-circle and left out. It is not allowed to make pics in tombs, so some had to corrupt local keeper to avoid “meeting” with the police because they were caught. That is why I shot only these boards in front of the tombs’ entrances. :shrug:

We’re going to the next tomb. That’s the tomb of Ramses I.

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We’re going down the endless stairs. As we’re going down, we’re also watching drawings and writings on the walls, as well as above mentioned holes. At the bottom we saw one big stony coffin of more than 2-3 tons. It was bigger than the entrance. How they managed? :confused: We’re making half-circle again and getting out. We got out alive, but boiled because there was no air down there. Our guide knows that and she invited us to get under some roof where she started talking about the guys who discovered these tombs. She finally concluded that nobody listens to her, and tells us that we won’t pass the exam. :lol:

Major tombs in the Valley of the Kings

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Then we finally went to visit the last tomb. That was the tomb of Ramses IV. Did we miss any Ramses? :lol:

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We were not “travelling” to the bottom, and we could even breathe despite the smell. Here, also drawings, writings, holes. At the bottom we’ve seen and touched one big stony coffin of hundreds of tons, which was also bigger than the tomb’s entrance. These ancient Egyptians were really mysterious. :)

Our guide was waiting for us outside and we finally got out. The exit from this place is not through the museum, but right from it. We entered here in to the mass of traders who immediately started pushing various crappy souvenirs under our noses. We hardly escaped and ran towards our bus. It is 14:30, and we’re going to have lunch.

Bus stopped by the river, and I took some water to take it home (I also took some water from the Red Sea :)). Incredibly, but it has the same colour as the water from the bottles that we drink here in Egypt. We’re leaving our bus and entering two boats.

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We’re crossing Nile which is twice wider than Danube in Belgrade.

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This one :inlove:

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When we crossed the river we entered one huge restaurant.

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We didn’t eat longer than 20 minutes. When we went out, our bus was already there waiting for us.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Tired, full of food that we’ve eaten, we’re going to the biggest temple - Karnak, which was built by many generations of ancient Egyptians.

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:speakles: Collonades, obeliscs, statues of pharaohs. Divine scenery! Various drawings and writings on the walls and collonades. You don’t know should you look straight, right of left. Beauty everywhere, but when you look straight, it seems that this path has no end.

They built, I think, 134 of these collonades, by putting one stone on another without any connecting material.

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It is very interesting that if the arms are crossed on pharaoh’s chest on the statue or drawing, it means that he was dead when the statue was made. If he was alive his left foot is stepped forward, and he holds his seal in his right hand and the stick (I don’t remember how it’s called :o) in his left hand, which represents unlimited power and eternity. Their wives are always behind them, and their feet are positioned somewhat lower on drawings and their skin is slightly lighter.

I noticed one crazy drawing and asked WTF?!?! Our guide said that it represents one man without one leg and arm, who stayed with women when Egyptian army went to fight somewhere (many years). Since their aim was to increase in number, he engaged many women and produced a number of kids with them. When the army came back, they were surprised to see so many children, and the pharaoh gifted him for his “effort”.

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We’re walking through tenths of rooms...

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Saint Lake from which the water goes to Nile through channels...

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Unbearable heat. :( I can hardly watch, but I won’t surrender. :rocker2:

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:41 PM
The last stop – The Luxor Temple

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I was hardly able to listen to our guide what she talks. My main task was to do my best to walk, to follow her like a zombie and manage to stay on my feet. I managed just by watching all those statues, drawings and writings and everything that’s left from this wonderful building.

Similar to Karnak, when you enter this temple you can’t see the end. However, it is smaller than Karnak. I remember that it was built by pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramses II, whose statues are still inside the temple. I see that they were alive during the construction of the temple, at least when their statues were constructed. When you enter you don’t know where to watch, too – straight, left or right. Some statues are without heads, whilst some heads are without a body. Worst of all is that guys built a mosque on the top of this temple :).

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Click, click, and I’m getting out.

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We’re going back to Hurghada. I took this opportunity to take some pics.

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After 2 hours we’re again out in front of that restaurant, but we have only 10 minutes at disposal for 1 cigarette. We arrived to Hurghada at 23:00. The dinner is still on the tables, waiting for us. We ate and went to our rooms.

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 15-18 August 2008

- Summarizing

Since I have 3 days left before departure, I decided to spend them according to my plan. Due to the heat people can’t function at all till the evening. Sometimes I watched Olympics, sometimes I read a book and sometimes I was writing this report. Around 19 I was usually going to dinner. I met there every evening people from our group and after the dinner we were going for a walk.

I wrote much of this text in the room during these 3 days because in those days of tough activities and visits I was for nothing but sleeping in the evening. I only wrote short reminders, in order to be able to group them into this text.

Egyptians live only by the banks of Nile, in Cairo and Luxor, those coastal communities by the Red Sea, and in those places where the temples are placed. People are very poor here, and the average salary is approx €40. For instance, one day in hospital here costs 1,000 USD. Mortality is big and average life-time is around 60 years. That poorness is the reason why all those traders by the temples are so aggressive pushing in your hands loads of crap.

However, these shop keepers in Hurghada are not much better. If you stop by any chance in front the shop window, you won’t get out from the shop unless you spend at least 50 USD inside. They’re real masters for that. They’re waiting in front of the hotels’ gates and on the street immediately attempting to pull you into their shop.

I talked with one guy, Coptic Christian, and he told me that he wouldn’t dare to marry a girl of Muslim religion because his “sisters” would beat her. It was strange to me because in my world people don’t care too much for that. Unlike Muslims, they may kiss the girl of their religion only in cheek, “like a sister”, he said, and that’s all. Being Christians, they can’t rule the country and be presidents, generals, ministers, elected representatives, etc, but they can be rich as much as they want can. Coastal place El Gouna, which is positioned about 10 kilometres from Hurghada, and consists of many small islands connected with small bridges, is totally a property of one Egyptian Coptic Christian.

There are also two groups of Muslims. The first group contains conservative people whose wives and daughters wear veils on their faces, and the second group contains liberal people who live modern life and whose wives are emancipated and work. I also noticed that the girls in Egypt don’t sit on the motorcycles like our girls, riding, but they’re sitting somehow aside. I have no idea how they manage.

The bridges in Cairo in the evening are full of people sitting around tables, families, pairs :inlove:, etc, drinking tea or juice. Wherever you’re in Cairo, you can hardly cross the street. I’ve seen very interesting sights. Namely, you can see the tables by the streets where people sit, their cars parked right by them and the sheep beside the car. These sights are totally normal thing in Cairo. I noticed many old car models. There are old Ladas, Fiats, and even old Serbian Zastava 101. :lol:

As to the people, except annoying traders, others are very friendly and kind. Those that already met you always smile kindly and ask you how are you and do you need something. It is very important for them that you feel fine, and they will do anything that you feel like that.

I also noticed something in Cairo – their cats are so skinny, their heads are small and their ears are big (like gremlins), regardless of the colour of their hair. They sleep on the stairs of their masters’ shops and don’t give a damn for the river of people that flows around them. :lol:

The last day in Egypt has come. I left my room at 12 and brought my bag to my friends in room 257, who prolonged their stay till 20:00 because our departure was scheduled for 22:00. I went later to take some pics or videos in case that I forgot something.

Around 14:00 I came back to the hotel lobby where I spent almost 5 hours removing from one armchair to another, drinking coffee and water and listening to my player. Around 19:00 I went out to join our group on the hotel terrace where we were waiting for our bus. Bus collected us around 22:00, and drove us to the airport. After all those necessary procedures we were driven with bus to the plane, which was positioned right behind the bus. :lol: These are the rules. :shrug:

http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv306/Associatedbre/Egypt_2008/174-OurPlane.jpg

We left 10 minutes before the scheduled time because we were all in the plane. I hear the pilot telling us that we’ll fly about 3.5 hours, and the flight will be pleasant but with some turbulences above Mediterranean (which is usually the case in that area).

We landed in Belgrade around 01:30.

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We’re getting out from the plane, collecting our bags and leaving airport building. Here we are, White Town (Belgrade). Taxi driver thief said €20 for 10 km. :shrug: ‘Ajde!

Home, sweet home. :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Snex
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:48 PM
I apologize in advance if I made some linguistic mistakes (I’m sure I did :)), but I really don’t have the time to edit this text due to other obligations. I hardly found the time to translate it from Serbian, and also have no time and intention to edit this thread, so here is what it is. :shrug: I recommend you to ignore mistakes. Just read the text, watch pics and vids, and enjoy.

:wavey:

Foon_JJ
Sep 13th, 2009, 06:49 AM
Thanks for your sharing Sneki! Nice report again :D

Sebhitch
Sep 13th, 2009, 06:04 PM
Wow great report! I went to jordan last year and stayed 4 nights in Wadi rum with the bedouin too. They were really nice, but instead of cold water we got sage tea lol. valley of the kings looks so cool i really want to go there. Some of your pictures in the temples remind me of the city of Petra in jordan.

justine schnyder
Sep 14th, 2009, 07:50 AM
Good to see you've had fun :D
Next time go to say hi in Israel ;)

Snex
Sep 14th, 2009, 09:30 AM
Good to see you've had fun :D
Next time go to say hi in Israel ;)

Israel and India :inlove:

You know, I always take my kid wherever I go. He didn't want to join me last year because he traveled with his school group, and because I told him what to expect in Egypt. I'm not sure that I'll be able to save as much money as necessary for such trip. :awww: I have some problems with my teeth, and it will cost very much (I want to have teeth like JJ :lol:). Then, I already have some other planned and unexpected expenses. Trip to Israel costs as twice as the trip to Egypt. Then, if I'm going anywhere, I'll go with my son, which understands that I must cover double expenses... :shrug: :awww: Who knows, maybe I'll manage within next 2-3 years to visit Israel. India... :shrug: Maybe when I retire. :lol:

Foon_JJ
Sep 14th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Israel and India :inlove:

You know, I always take my kid wherever I go. He didn't want to join me last year because he traveled with his school group, and because I told him what to expect in Egypt. I'm not sure that I'll be able to save as much money as necessary for such trip. :awww: I have some problems with my teeth, and it will cost very much (I want to have teeth like JJ :lol:). Then, I already have some other planned and unexpected expenses. Trip to Israel costs as twice as the trip to Egypt. Then, if I'm going anywhere, I'll go with my son, which understands that I must cover double expenses... :shrug: :awww: Who knows, maybe I'll manage within next 2-3 years to visit Israel. India... :shrug: Maybe when I retire. :lol:

How about Hong Kong? Hahaha. :lol:
Really enjoyed your report! :hearts:

Snex
Sep 14th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Hey, Babes! :lol: If you provide me with the invitation letters for visas and free stay. :o Then I'd be able to pay for the airplane tickets and make reports from your respective cities and countries. :lol:

Global economic crisis. :shrug: :weirdo:

Foon_JJ
Sep 14th, 2009, 11:17 AM
Hey, Babes! :lol: If you provide me with the invitation letters for visas and free stay. :o Then I'd be able to pay for the airplane tickets and make reports from your respective cities and countries. :lol:

Global economic crisis. :shrug: :weirdo:

I need visa for visit Serbia too. :sad:

justine schnyder
Sep 14th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Israel and India :inlove:

You know, I always take my kid wherever I go. He didn't want to join me last year because he traveled with his school group, and because I told him what to expect in Egypt. I'm not sure that I'll be able to save as much money as necessary for such trip. :awww: I have some problems with my teeth, and it will cost very much (I want to have teeth like JJ :lol:). Then, I already have some other planned and unexpected expenses. Trip to Israel costs as twice as the trip to Egypt. Then, if I'm going anywhere, I'll go with my son, which understands that I must cover double expenses... :shrug: :awww: Who knows, maybe I'll manage within next 2-3 years to visit Israel. India... :shrug: Maybe when I retire. :lol:

:awww:
TBH I didn't know Israel was much more expensive than Egypt, no idea why though :o
I hope you'll get everything you need and I'm sure one day you'll come here too :D

Foon_JJ
Sep 17th, 2009, 08:30 AM
Hopefully next one is between Hong Kong & Serbia :D

Without a visa to Israel
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=zh-TW&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mtsmondo.com%2F&sl=sr&tl=en&history_state0=

Snex
Sep 17th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Hopefully next one is between Hong Kong & Serbia :D

Without a visa to Israel
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=zh-TW&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mtsmondo.com%2F&sl=sr&tl=en&history_state0=

:) Take a look at this:

There is no arrangement for Israel only. I found one Kon Tiki Travel combined arrangement...

DEPARTURE: 17 September 2009 (I can use my days off only in July, August and around Christmas :shrug:)

1. day - BELGRADE-SHARM EL-SHEIKH
2-5. day - SHARM EL-SHEIKH
6. day - SHARM EL-SHEIKH-JERUSALEM
7, 8, 9. day - JERUSALEM (many visits)
10. day - JERUSALEM-TABA
11. day - TABA (many visits)
12. day - TABA-SHARM EL-SHEIKH-BELGRADE

EUR 849 (Flight and accommodation)
EUR 93 (Airport tax)
EUR 25 (Visas)
Excursions (At least EUR 400)

EUR 1,367 X2 = EUR 2734

That's all without the visits. If I want to visit some places it will surely cost around EUR 400 per person. If I can pay for the child 50%, it means EUR 600.

Therefore, EUR 2,734 + EUR 600 = EUR 3,334 :tape:

:awww: No way. :shrug:

OTOH, I paid for Egypt around EUR 900 for all the costs, except for the visits. I paid for visits separately 200 EUR and left EUR 350 for other things (and spent every single coin :lol:).

Therefore, I spent 900 + 550 = EUR 1,450

Egypt - EUR 1,450 - Including EUR 350 for other things
Egypt + Israel - EUR 1,767 - Without the kid and cash left for other things
Egypt + Israel - EUR 3,334 - If I go with the kid and without cash for other things

:tape: :awww:
_________________________________________

As for Hong Kong, there is only this one:

DEPARTURE: 8 October 2009 - 12 days

Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Phillipines - EUR 2,790 per person. :o :o :o :awww: :shrug:

If you want to come to Belgrade I can help you with the invitation letter. Just send me a PM and we'll discuss it.

GoofyDuck
May 28th, 2011, 09:26 PM
Thanks alot for your report, really enjoyed reading this. :yeah:

Love all the old Egyptian buildings and youre very funny writer. :haha:

Bobisa
May 28th, 2011, 10:34 PM
:eek: what a great photos and report :bowdown: I am thrilled !!!!!

ivanban
May 29th, 2011, 09:37 AM
Going this summer to Egypt, can't wait :bounce:

Snex
May 29th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Thank you, guys. Going this year to Bodrum. I'll try to make something similar. :)