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Great Sand Sea and Mountain of the Dead

Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 | Views [256]

THIS SECTION OF THE SAHARA is called the Great Sand Sea. It is so imposing that Camyses, a Persian king of the 6th century BCE, had his army allegedly wiped out by a sandstorm on their march to Siwah. Undeterred, our driver Sarraj zipped our 4X4 around ... Read more >

Oracle of Ammon and Shali Fortress

Friday, 10 Dec 2021 | Views [185]

MOHASSEN IS ALREADY MAKING US CRAZY. He insists on walking us across the street like a wayward Boy Scout and thinks us incapable of buying a Diet Pepsi without his help. But most annoying, he doesn’t speak to Connie—won’t even look ... Read more >

Siwa Oasis

Thursday, 9 Dec 2021 | Views [194]

I CAN STILL FEEL THE GRIT ON MY TEETH. I just hope my facemask is more effective with Covid bugs than with Sahara dust. We are at Siwa Shali Resort after a long, long drive from Giza with our driver Ragab and Mohassen, the guide. By unspoken agreement ... Read more >

Photos: Siwa Oasis

Thursday, 9 Dec 2021 | Photo Gallery

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The Pyramids of Giza

Tuesday, 7 Dec 2021 | Views [157]

THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA are the only members of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remain. Despite the recurring tabloid stories the pyramids were not built by Aliens! According to Herodotus the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) took one hundred thousand ... Read more >

Photos: The Pyramids of Giza

Monday, 6 Dec 2021 | Photo Gallery

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The Great Temple of Amun at Karnak

Saturday, 4 Dec 2021 | Views [168]

THE GREAT TEMPLE OF AMUN AT KARNAK is in a word, Amazing ! At over 200 acres it is also one of the largest. I should also note that Karnak with two “K”s has nothing to do with the Johnny Carson character, two “C” Carnac the Magnificent.... Read more >

Luxor—The East Bank

Friday, 3 Dec 2021 | Views [181]

RELUCTANTLY WE MOVED OUR VIGIL from Thebes Hotel to the East Bank. Iberotel is more of a Western hotel with a great view of the Nile and within walking distance of Luxor Temple and—if you are ambitious like us—Karnak Temple. While we were ... Read more >

Photos: Luxor: East Bank

Thursday, 2 Dec 2021 | Photo Gallery

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North of Luxor—Dendera and Abydos

Wednesday, 1 Dec 2021 | Views [211]

DENDERA AND ABYDOS ARE THE FIRST new sites we visited on this trip and we highly recommend them despite the inconvenience of getting there. Fahd arranged for his friend, Yosef, to drive us there on Wednesday, about 200 kilometers each way. Fahd even ... Read more >

Luxor—The West Bank

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 | Views [230]

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO to the West Bank of Luxor for 3500 years. The Valley of the Kings, where the sun seems to set, is where the tombs of Egyptian royalty can be found. And Thebes Hotel is the ideal base to explore ancient sites both near and ... Read more >

Photos: Luxor: West Bank

Monday, 29 Nov 2021 | Photo Gallery

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Cruising the Nile: Kom Ombo and Edfu

Sunday, 28 Nov 2021 | Views [197]

AGAINST ALL ODDS WE ARE IN EGYPT. Virtuosa didn’t run aground in the Suez Canal. The passenger mutiny never came to fruition and we weren’t boarded by pirates. So despite the fact that we docked in Dubai not Abu Dhabi, we managed to make ... Read more >

Photos: Nile Cruise—Kom Ombo and Edfu

Saturday, 27 Nov 2021 | Photo Gallery

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A-R-R-G, Matey!

Thursday, 18 Nov 2021 | Views [195]

ON THURSDAY SAUDI ARABIA SLIPPED BY unseen on the starboard side but our disappointment remained on-board. I guess our regular appearance at Guest Services had some impact—not only did they refund the money for the tour of Jeddah, they gave us ... Read more >

Photos: Suez to Dhubai

Thursday, 18 Nov 2021 | Photo Gallery

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Sailing the Suez Canal

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 | Views [194]

WE HAVE BEEN DAWDLING ALONG hardly making a ripple in the sea. Evidently there is a rigid schedule for transiting the Suez Canal and it makes no sense to arrive early. Something woke me in the early hours and when I looked outside I realized the lights ... Read more >

Photos: Suez Canal

Monday, 15 Nov 2021 | Photo Gallery

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