RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 75

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 75CairoMonday 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 particular hotel […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 76

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 76CairoTuesday 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 words to […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 77

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 77CairoWednesday 28th May Last night was a nightmare. For all the benefits of relocating to this hostel, the only air-conditioning that we have is of the manually opening the window kind and the heat of the night was stifling. Sandy and I differ in that she can […]

RTW – Cairo, Egypt – Day 78

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 78CairoThursday 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 with the […]

RTW – Train to Aswan, Egypt – Day 79

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 79Train to AswanFriday 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 country’s most precious jewels.In the meantime, however, let me catch up […]

RTW – Aswan, Egypt – Day 80

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 80AswanSaturday 31st May Between waking up on a moving train, visiting a relocated, ancient temple, getting my beard trimmed in an Egyptian barbershop and coming back to the hotel room only to find Sandy lying face down and naked on the bed with a strange man’s hands […]

RTW – Aswan, Egypt – Day 81

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 81AswanSunday 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 that all […]

RTW – River Nile, Egypt – Day 82

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 82Somewhere on the river NileMonday 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 with the […]

RTW – Esna, Egypt – Day 83

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 83EsnaTuesday 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 since I […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 84

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 84LuxorWednesday 4th June All the Germans had long since disembarked and were already enjoying the treasures of Luxor by the time we awoke this morning and we consequently had the entire boat to ourselves, along with our guide. We had a leisurely breakfast; although it wasn’t really […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 85

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 85LuxorThursday 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 left little […]

RTW – Luxor, Egypt – Day 86

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 86LuxorFriday 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 have to […]

RTW – Bus to Hurghada, Egypt – Day 87

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 87Bus to HurghadaSaturday 7th June This morning, we leave pharaonic 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 – Hurghada, Egypt – Day 88

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 88HurghadaSunday 8th June It was high drama of the worst kind on the Red Sea today. We left the hotel at around eight-thirty, after a dubious breakfast, to catch the short public car ride (these are dirt cheap, jump-on/jump-off minivans that seat about fourteen people that are […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 90

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 90Sharm El-SheikhTuesday 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 of the […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 92

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 92Sharm El-SheikhThursday 12th June We left London on March 12th exactly three months ago, and thus today marks another milestone in our epic journey. In this short span of time, we’ve visited ten new countries, encountered dozens of new cultures, engaged in a plethora of new activities […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 94

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 94Sharm El-SheikhSaturday 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 move hotels […]

RTW – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – Day 95

Egypt – Round The World Tour 2003 Day 95Sharm El-SheikhSunday 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 and thus […]