Category: Travel

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 […]

Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

Our next stop after visiting the Citadel and the Mosque was stopping at the Bazaar, which means market.  Like many other touristy spots, the vendors beckon you to visit their stores.  At first, its not too bad, then it becomes annoying to the point of being harassed. In […]

Making paper at Giza Papyrus

We end our day by visiting a papyrus store.  We were not allowed to take photos of the store (I’m guessing so no one copies their work) but we were allowed to take photos of the demonstration. The woman showed us the papyrus reeds and how she skinned […]

Lunch at Alezba Village Tent, Giza

Alezba Village Tent is located in Giza at Km 8, Saqqara Road.  Our tour stopped here for lunch before heading back to Cairo.  Ironically, Stephen stopped at this same place when he was in Egypt in 2007, and he said it had not changed. When you walk inside […]

Egypt Day 2: Memphis & Saqqara

Good morning from Cairo!  Our hotel is so close to the Pyramids, you can see them from the pool.  Our day starts off with breakfast, which had everything from eggs to bread to meats, but just not pork items.  They even had Egyptian Foul (pronounced fool) which is […]

September 2016: Egypt trip

When I started off my Egyptian trip, I was planning to blog my experience. Unfortunately, Egypt’s cellular service is only 2G, which made uploading anything extremely slow.  The Pyramid hotel had terrible wifi, and the cruise ship was not free, so that ruled out blogging as well. Enjoy […]

Egyptian Greetings! 

I was going to blog about my Egyptian vacation as I was traveling, but unfortunately the Wi-Fi where I am at is not strong, and neither is my cell phone signal. I’ll have to update my blog when I get back home, meanwhile greetings from the Nile river! […]

Made it to Cairo on Turkish Airlines

We left LA on a Sunday afternoon and took Turkish Airlines to Istanbul. There’s no organization in how they load their planes. It’s basically everyone lines up, regardless where you sit. The flight was long, as you’d expect. Luckily for us, no one sat in the 3rd seat, […]

Sultan, WA: Espresso Chalet 

About a half hour away from Deception Falls is this little walk up/ drive thru coffee house called the Espresso Chalet.  Washington has tons of these little coffee houses (or shacks) where you pull up and order your espresso or coffee drinks. What makes this one special is […]

Skykomish, WA: Deception Falls

Today is our last day! We left Abendblume a little before 10:00 am, and started down Stevens Pass toward Tacoma to pick up mom.  We felt that we had plenty of time to drive around, and maybe even check out Seattle. About a hour into our drive, we […]

Leavenworth, WA: Abendblume Inn

Stephen and I stopped in Leavenworth about 2 years ago, and really loved the quaint German feel that this town had.  It truly reminded us of our visit to Germany. For this visit, Stephen wanted to spend more time here, so we decided to spend the night.  There […]

Leavenworth, WA: Cured by Visconti

Located 2 hours away from North Bend, off Highway 2 is the the Bavarian town of Leavenworth.  The hills in the background could really make you feel that those were the Alps, and the German music playing in the background gave it a bit of Europe feeling. The […]