Category: Egypt

Heading back to Los Angeles

Our flight back to Los Angeles was at 8:30, and we had to connect from Cairo to Istanbul. The tour company picked us up at 6:15 am, and it took less than 10 minutes to get to the International Terminal.  Our Cairo coordinator, Abdul was there to greet […]

Kushari at Abu Terek in Cairo

Our trip is coming to a close.  We flew out of Luxor and headed back to Cairo. We were scheduled to stay one night in Cairo, but our flight back to LA was early, and we remembered how bad Cairo traffic was from the museum. My dad asked if […]

Luxor: El Hussein Restaurant

We had a day to ourselves in Luxor, so we had our ship’s coordinator to arrange for a car to take us to a local restaurant.  Our guide Saber suggested El Hussein Restaurant, located in a non touristy area of Luxor. We arrived at 12:00 and was surprised […]

Sailing on an Egyptian felluca

While some of our tour members headed to the airport, the rest of us boarded an Egyptian felluca, which is an old fashioned sailboat.  There was no wind on the river, so a tug boat had to pull us, as we “cruised” around. The felluca was pulled back […]

Egypt day 7: Abu Simbel, Aswan

The Abu Simbel temples are located in southern Egypt, near the border of Sudan.  In order to get here, we had to leave the ship at 3:30 am and take a covoy with other tour groups to this destination.  We were chaperoned with armed police to make sure […]

Sailing to Edfu, then Kom Ombo Temple

After Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, we returned back to the ship for lunch, then our ship set sail to Edfu. While sailing the Nile, the sunset call of prayer echoed throughout the river. We sailed through the night, passing through the Esna Lock, to get […]

Temple of Hatshepsut

Queen Hatshepsut was the 5th pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt.  The Temple of Hatshepsut (also known as Djeser-Djeseru) is a shrine dedicated to Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The temple is located on the opposite side of the Valley of the Kings. The temple is located in the rear […]

Making things with Alabaster

After Valley of the Kings, tour guide Saber wanted to know if we wanted to shop or go to another Temple.  We spent 2 hours at the Valley of the Kings under the hot sun, and little or no shade.  The inside of the tombs were hot and […]

Egypt day 5: Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is where the tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. The tombs date back from 1539-1075 BC, housing pharaohs like Seti I, Ramses II, Tutakhamun and even elites such as queens and high priests. Photos are not permitted inside the tombs, so […]

Arrived: Luxor, Egypt

We made it to Luxor, to start the cruise part of our trip.  We will be spending the rest of our trip on the MS Semiramis III river boat.  As in Cairo, where Abdul was our city coordinator, the coordinator for Luxor is Ashraf.  He greeted us at […]

Cairo Museum, then to Luxor

The Cairo Museum is probably the highlight of most tourists, next to the Great Pyramids. I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps we spent too much time at the Hanging Church? Got caught in too much Cairo traffic?  We only gave ourselves about an hour at the museum, and […]

St. Virgin Mary: The Hanging Church

The Saint Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox church is one of the oldest churches in Egypt, dating to the 4th Century AD.  It’s also known as the “Hanging Church” because it is suspended over a passage. Inside the church have Holy icons and relics, some dating back to the […]