Category: Middle East

By , April 7, 2013 10:59 am

Oh, Egypt! How I wanted to fall in love with you! And how I really, really didn’t! I’m guessing you figured out by now that Egypt wasn’t one of our favourite countries. In fact, when attempting to rank the countries we’ve traveled, we’d start by throwing it on the bottom.  So far on the bottom that you’d need a good pair of binoculars to find it. Despite this fact, however, &#91read more]

By , April 2, 2013 9:19 am

Luxor is full of Ancient Egyptian sites. Really, really full. There’s so much ancient stuff here that it would take weeks (months?) to see it all just one time. Historically, the ancients built their city of Thebes (later Luxor) on the eastern bank of the Nile. To the ancients, the East was the side of the living, while the West was the side of the dead. On the West we &#91read more]

By , March 27, 2013 10:30 am

The Southern Stretch of the Nile between Aswan and Luxor is filled with the single sailed, wind-powered craft called feluccas. They are silent, graceful, and a joy to watch. Most carry tourists like us, but we’ve also seen them loaded with various freight like live cattle. They are a working ship that’s still very much in use today. The graceful felucca Of course there are also a large number of &#91read more]

By , March 24, 2013 9:45 am

During our Abu Simbel tour, we had the privilege of meeting a totally crazy (in a mostly good way) traveller from North Korea who spent most of the tour ensuring that we knew it would cost a mere pound to take a ferry to Elephantine Island from Aswan. He only knew a few words of English, but we had several in-depth “conversations” with him (is it actually a conversation when &#91read more]

By , March 21, 2013 9:20 am

Aswan is located in the south of Egypt and is probably best known for it’s proximity to the famous temples of Abu Simbel. More or less, that’s why we made the journey this far south, so naturally we booked ourselves transportation out to see them. As Ashley’s already discussed in her post describing why we didn’t like Egypt, this tour made the esteemed list entitled “tours that did not deliver &#91read more]

By , March 18, 2013 8:12 am

The White Desert was our favourite place in Egypt. And it’s not even because there were no vendors, touts, scammers, or hustlers about – although that fact certainly helped increase its status in our minds. It was the gorgeous landscape that we had all to ourselves. The only other travelers were met at common lunch stops. The peace and calm were inviting. And sleeping under the stars was unforgettable. Mike &#91read more]

By , March 8, 2013 10:00 am

Not surprisingly, the graffiti we discovered in Cairo was some of the most powerful and political that we’ve ever seen.  Here are a few images: