Category ‘03.16 – Egypt’

March 29th
2010
written by Alonna

The ancient sights in Egypt are amazing, and for being 3,000+ years old many of the temples are very well preserved.There are enormous temples all over southern Egypt along the Nile River, built over thousands of years for ceremonies and burials. Almost every square inch is covered in hieroglyphs, and some walls and ceilings still have the original paint used to decorate the carvings.  We absolutely loved wandering through these sights and marveling at the scale and beauty of this ancient world. Here’s some of our photos showing various temples throughout the southern Nile River Valley (Aswan, Abu Simbel, and Luxor). (more…)

March 24th
2010
written by Alonna
Felucca sail boat

Felucca sail boat

A Night on the Nile River, Why not?

Upon arrival to Egypt, our Cairo hotel owner helped us book the rest of our trip. He encouraged us to include a relaxing 2-night felucca ride on the Nile River. Initially we resisted; it just didn’t seem like something we’d enjoy. We only had 8 days in Egypt, and we wanted to pack in as many ancient sights as possible. We compromised on just one night, but he insisted that we’d love it and call him begging for a second night.
 

What is a Felucca?

A “felucca” is just a type of sail boat. There’s basically two ways to enjoy the Nile river – felucca or gigantic cruise ship. Typically the felucca boat has room for about 8 budget (aka hippie-types) passengers. There’s a large platform in the middle with cushions, and you cozy up with your neighbors and enjoy the ride together. However, we were booked on a private boat; just the two of us plus the captain (Ali) and his crew mate. (more…)

March 18th
2010
written by Alonna

It’s hard to believe that Ben and I are in Egypt and saw the famous pyramids yesterday. I never imagined that I’d make it here… and now that I have, it reminds me once again how amazing this year-off adventure is: Ben and I are truly having the experience of a lifetime.

Abu Sir pyramids near Cairo, Egypt and the Giza Pyramids very faint in the distance

Abu Sir pyramids near Cairo, Egypt and the Giza Pyramids very faint in the distance

We arrived to Cairo in the evening and booked a private tour for the next morning to the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur. At 6am I woke up to this beautiful hazy sunrise over Cairo:

Sunrise in Cairo

The pyramids were huge, impressive, and a bit underwhelming all at the same time. It rarely happens this way, but they were exactly what I expected; enormous pyramids made out of limestone sitting out in the desert and surrounded by tourists. Besides the Sphinx (located down below from the Giza pyramids to guard them), there were really no sculptures or statues or any ornamentation at all. Most of the tombs were robbed hundreds or thousands of years go, and anything remaining was moved to the Egyptian museum in Cairo.

Besides the famous pyramids at Giza, (more…)

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