Before going on this tour, I had to do a lot of researching on the Egyptian History. I have been through all the reviews posted on the internet... just to make sure I would not miss out on anything. Most of the sites we visited, I already had a bit of background information that allowed me to appreciate what I was seeing. In case you are planning to take a trip to Egypt, I suggest that you do some reading of the history of Egypt before you go.
When we think about Egypt, camels, pyramids and mummies often enter our mind. That is not surprising since much of what we know about ancient Egypt comes from the tombs of the Egyptians and the objects found buried with them. No one knows exactly what life was like in ancient Egypt, but these objects tell us a lot. Their fashion, beliefs, and activities can be explored through the art they created and included in their burials.
Egypt is in northern Africa. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea , the Red Sea, Libya and Sudan. There are at least 69 million people residing in egypt. Their main language is Arabic. Their religion is Islam but there are some Christians too. The weather in Egypt is hot and dry in the summer and mild in winter.
Follow me and my blog as we go around Egypt... Let me share with you all the places where we visited.
First Stop..... CAIRO, EGYPT
Our tour started in Cairo, I arrived at noon and was met by a representative of Friendly Planet in Cairo ( his name was Moheb )... helped me with my suitcase and we proceeded to Ramses Hilton. On the way to the hotel --- he told me that the group from the United States was delayed due to mechanical problems and will be arriving the next day.... As I walked out of the airport.... the whole place looked HAZY.... there was glare all around.... I tried to take shots--- and hoped... that with filters for my lens it would solve the problem... well??... It didn't.... The haze what I saw was caused by the pollution. I was surprised there was a lot of traffic when I arrived ( Cairo was on a 4 day holiday celebrating their Eid al Fitr ).... Moheb told me that on a regular working day the traffic was 4 times more than what I was seeing... He suggested if I wanted to move around --- I would have to take a taxi.... I have to look for metered cabs and not the black and white cabs that had no meters on it. He explained that the black and white cabs pries on tourists like me... and would charge exorbitant prices.
Feeling all alone in a new surrounding I asked Moheb if Cairo was safe to walk around... since my goal was to take photos.... He told me to be careful when I crossed the streets of Cairo---- ( the traffic lights and the pedestrian zebra lines are only for decoration ).... People would cross everywhere and anywhere they wanted --- and cars would be speeding unmindful of these pedestrians... I even saw small kids ( 7 years old -- maybe younger crossing the streets unaccompanied ) crossing the busy streets..... Since I had a bit of jet lag that day I decided to just stay put in my room -- and ordered room service. Our hotel was situated right at the city center... opposite side of the Egyptian Museum and next to the Nile...
My room was clean and the service was generally good, all the staff of the hotel seemed too eager to please.
and this was the view from my balcony..
The view from the top.... a stunning panoramic view over the Nile River.