RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 75

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 75 Cairo Monday 26th May Breakfast this morning was meagre compared to the rest of Africa and consisted of small, elongated roll with a boiled egg, some jam and butter and a cup of tea. The setting, on the other hand, was lovely and quite tranquil. This […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 76

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 76 Cairo Tuesday 27th May The culture shock that hit us upon arrival here in Cairo has not let up yet. Sights and sounds come at you from every direction and they are as constant as the pyramids themselves. I will find it difficult to find the […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 77

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 77 Cairo Wednesday 28th May The culture shock that hit us upon arrival here in Cairo has not let up yet. Sights and sounds come at you from every direction and they are as constant as the pyramids themselves. I will find it difficult to find the […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 78

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 78 Cairo Thursday 29th May With the new addition of a very fast fan in our room, I enjoyed a much better night last night compared to the night before. Sandy was unhappy about the noise but at least we both got a better night’s rest. Even […]

RTW – Train to Aswan, Egypt – Day 79

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 79 Train to Aswan Friday 30th May Cairo was a very welcoming, if intensely hectic city and we leave it now on the first-class, overnight train down to Aswan for the start of our six-day tour of the countries most precious jewels. In the meantime, however, let […]

RTW – Aswan, Egypt – Day 80

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 80 Aswan Saturday 31st May Cairo was a very welcoming, if intensely hectic city and we leave it now on the first-class, overnight train down to Aswan for the start of our six-day tour of the countries most precious jewels. In the meantime, however, let me catch […]

RTW – Aswan, Egypt – Day 81

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 81 Aswan Sunday 1st June They said it would be an early start to this morning and they were not kidding. Our wake-up call came through at the unearthly hour of three o’clock in the morning as promised, alas. We were comforted only slightly by the knowledge […]

RTW – River Nile, Egypt – Day 82

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 82 Somewhere on the river Nile Monday 2nd June It was once again a welcome two nights in the same bed but we awoke this morning only to have to pack everything again ready for our checkout later this morning. The level of energy drain decreases exponentially […]

RTW – Esna, Egypt – Day 83

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 83 Esna Tuesday 3rd June As predicted, I slept in this morning for several hours longer than usual. I awoke to find that we were no longer in Edfu and in fact were once again travelling up the Nile River. I was a little bemused by this […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 84

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 84 Luxor Wednesday 4th June As predicted, I slept in this morning for several hours longer than usual. I awoke to find that we were no longer in Edfu and in fact were once again travelling up the Nile River. I was a little bemused by this […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 85

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 85 Luxor Thursday 5th June We slept comfortably last night and slumbered all the way through to this morning’s wake-up call at seven o’clock. As usual, Sandy was up and active a little before me and I eventually tore myself out of bed by seven thirty. This […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 86

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 86 Luxor Friday 6th June This morning was our last formal guided tour with Ehab (or Bob as he is often known as) but it was also one of the best. He had told us not to leave Egypt without seeing Dundara. Having visited the temple, I […]

RTW – Bus to Hurghada, Egypt – Day 87

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 87 Bus to Hurghada Saturday 7th June This morning, we leave pharonic Egypt behind us as we now travel away from all the historic and archaeological sites to head for Hurghada. Our time spent allowing our minds to roam freely through history as we mingled with the […]

RTW – Hurghada, Egypt – Day 88

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 88 Hurghada Sunday 8th June This morning, we leave pharonic Egypt behind us as we now travel away from all the historic and archaeological sites to head for Hurghada. Our time spent allowing our minds to roam freely through history as we mingled with the pharaohs in […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 89

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 89 Sharm El-Sheikh Monday 9th June The horrifically early start to the day was nearly as bad as when we went to Abu Simbel last week. We had to get up at three o’clock in the morning then so by comparison, our four a.m. wake-up call this […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 90

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 90 Sharm El-Sheikh Tuesday 10th June Yesterday’s journal entry was cut short, as I was not feeling too well. After settling into our hotel yesterday morning, we all took a nap. Sandy and I went for a bit of a swim and spent most of the remainder […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 91

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 91 Sharm El-Sheikh Wednesday 11th June The usual, Spartan, Egyptian-fare breakfast kick started our day this morning. An egg, a small piece of bread and a triangle of cheese is the going norm here and is about the same all throughout Egypt. It was just enough for […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 92

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 92 Sharm El-Sheikh Thursday 12th June The usual, Spartan, Egyptian-fare breakfast kick started our day this morning. An egg, a small piece of bread and a triangle of cheese is the going norm here and is about the same all throughout Egypt. It was just enough for […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 93

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 93 Sharm El-Sheikh Friday 13th June We never got to see Henk before the morning pick-up for the dock so all we had to do today was to concentrate on enjoying the world under the surface of the Red Sea. Our two dives today were both boat […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 94

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 94 Sharm El-Sheikh Saturday 14th June Our breakfast this morning was very much better than anything we’ve had since we arrived in Egypt. It was nicely laid out, buffet style, warm and there was plenty to choose from. It makes the hassle that we went through to […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 95

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 95 Sharm El-Sheikh Sunday 15th June The intense heat here is sometimes quite oppressive and the only thing that makes it bearable is the air-conditioning. Unfortunately, most locals seem to think that having the air-conditioning on in the car is bad for the engine or the battery […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 96

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 96 Sharm El-Sheikh Monday 16th June I had to complete our dive program on this, our last day of Red Sea diving, alone today. Sandy hasn’t really recovered from the effects of the fatigue that she was complaining about yesterday and has elected to forgo the trip […]