Fellow Travellers

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

G and I went out to see the tulips on Sunday north of Amsterdam.  We are becoming truly Dutch as we were too cheap to pay to get into Keukenhof!  We parked on the side of the road, climbed fences and "trespassed/tip toped" through the tulips!  It was a glorious feeling to be surrounded by millions of beautiful flowers!

Enjoy Spring!

Friday, March 11, 2011

December 27 & 28 - Luxor

We arrived in Luxor at 7 am and met by our guide and driver, who brought us to the SS Amarco cruise ship where we would spend the next 4 nights. Our bags were deposited in the gorgeous state room (G likes to travel in style) and then we were off to tour the Karnak temple.

"To the ancient Egyptians, Karnak was known as Ipet-Isut, The Most Perfect of Places. Despite being in ruins, it remains spectacular. Possibly the largest temple complex ever built anywhere, it grew in stages over 1500 years, added to by successive generations of pharaohs ,and the resulting in a collection of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks acts as a vast open-air archive of history set in stone"

National Geograpic

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cario - December 25 and 26 2010

Cairo Christmas Day 2010

It saddens me that as I post this entry on Egypt the country and its people are in turmoil. Our trip experience was enhanced by the gracious people we met throughout our journey who had great pride in showcasing their country. I hope they are all safe and that the political issues resolve peacefully.

We arrived in Cairo on Christmas Eve after a short 4.5 hour flight to find our dedicated guides awaiting us. It was luxury from moment one to the last as our new host whisked away with our passports to obtain our visas and our luggage while we stood around and people watched. Much more relaxing than standing in line ourselves!

Our driver whisked his way through the chaotic freeway system, jam packed with other cars of all sizes, shapes and makes to our hotel in the center of the city. The traffic was dense on this holiest of nights which is not surprising for a Muslim country. Not a one of them at Christmas eve services! We were deposited at the hotel and informed of our 7 am pick up. The first of many early mornings….ug…was

Since we were up early, G managed to snap some photos at dawn of the Nile river outside our hotel. The photos are stunning capturing the calm coolness of the early morning in Cairo. A quick breakfast and we were then on our way to Memphis with our tour guide, Dahlia. We made our way through the somewhat quiet streets towards this former center of Egyptian life passing farms, villages and mansions along the route.