My top 10 travel experiences

I’ve been pretty lucky over the last few years. I’ve been to many places and done and seen some pretty amazing things. But there’s some experiences that do stand out above the rest. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten but since I have to do so (well I don’t have to, but I’m making myself do it) then I’d say that it would probably be these, so in no particular order: Continue reading “My top 10 travel experiences”

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Luxor Part Six: farewells and a day in Cairo

29-30 July 2014

Despite being in bed for a few hours, I had only hand about 45 minutes sleep before my alarm went off at 5am. We were getting picked up at about 6.15am to be taken to the airport, so we had to be up and out. An hour after we managed to drag ourselves out of bed, I we were set to head to the lobby when I glanced at my watch- 5am it read. That couldn’t be right- my phone said it was nearly 6am. My friends phone agreed with my watch however. Then it changed its mind. We called reception to find out what the time actually was: my phone clock had jumped ahead an hour. We didn’t need to be up yet. Continue reading “Luxor Part Six: farewells and a day in Cairo”

Luxor Part Five: feluccas on the Nile, bananas and results day

28 July 2014

Since my holiday buddy and I went off to Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum the day before, that made today a pool day. We bumped into the group of guys whose card game we had crashed a couple of days ago and spent the day chatting with them. Continue reading “Luxor Part Five: feluccas on the Nile, bananas and results day”

Luxor Part Four: temples, museums and another family dinner

27 July 2014

My holiday buddy and I fell into a routine of sandwiching pool days with cultural days. Since the day before had been spent by the pool, today we were being taken to the local temples and museum by the locals we had made friends with. Continue reading “Luxor Part Four: temples, museums and another family dinner”

Luxor Part Three: a pool, cocktails and some minor detours

26 July 2014

The morning started with a big breakfast with the addition of pancakes to my regular pastries and melon. That day was most certainly a pool day and my holiday buddy and I spent the majority of the day in the whirlpool with two people we’d met in the hotel. It got off to a positive start- with morning cocktail- and we chatted away in the sun for hours. The thing with summer in Egypt is that it is so hot that you do need to spend some time somewhere cool and make sure you are covered in sun cream. After day one, I swapped my standard stuff for my friend’s extra strong lotion- thankfully, that did the trick. Eventually our pool closed so we finally moved to the pool by Nile, where we watched the sun set over the river. Continue reading “Luxor Part Three: a pool, cocktails and some minor detours”

Luxor Part Two: tombs, mummies and a family dinner

25 July 2014

In the morning, after another breakfast of pastries and melon, my holiday buddy and I met up with our new friend from last night and his friend took us all to the Valley of the Kings. The boys didn’t want to come in so waited in the hot car whilst we went in. Continue reading “Luxor Part Two: tombs, mummies and a family dinner”

Luxor Part One: the river, the souk and a new friend

23-24 July 2014

I think I’ve started most of my posts about Egypt by saying that I’d wanted to go since the age of about 10, after watching The Mummy and deciding I wanted to dig up pyramids for a living. I could barely believe it when I finally booked my trip, for a week in Luxor with Thompson, along with my best friend. You can imagine my frustration, therefore, when my flight was delayed in Gatwick and we had to sit for about an hour on the runway whilst some petrol was cleaned up. I just wanted to get to Egypt.  Continue reading “Luxor Part One: the river, the souk and a new friend”