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Great Sand Sea and Mountain of the Dead

Sat, 11 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [128]

THIS SECTION OF THE SAHARA is called the Great Sand Sea. It is so imposing that Camyses, a Persian king of the 6th century BCE, had his army allegedly wiped out by a sandstorm on their march to Siwah. Undeterred, our driver Sarraj zipped our 4X4 around ... Read more >

Luxor—The West Bank

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [120]

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO to the West Bank of Luxor for 3500 years. The Valley of the Kings, where the sun seems to set, is where the tombs of Egyptian royalty can be found. And Thebes Hotel is the ideal base to explore ancient sites both near and ... Read more >

North of Luxor—Dendera and Abydos

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [105]

DENDERA AND ABYDOS ARE THE FIRST new sites we visited on this trip and we highly recommend them despite the inconvenience of getting there. Fahd arranged for his friend, Yosef, to drive us there on Wednesday, about 200 kilometers each way. Fahd even ... Read more >

Cruising the Nile: Kom Ombo and Edfu

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [104]

AGAINST ALL ODDS WE ARE IN EGYPT. Virtuosa didn’t run aground in the Suez Canal. The passenger mutiny never came to fruition and we weren’t boarded by pirates. So despite the fact that we docked in Dubai not Abu Dhabi, we managed to make ... Read more >

Siwa Oasis

Thu, 9 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [102]

I CAN STILL FEEL THE GRIT ON MY TEETH. I just hope my facemask is more effective with Covid bugs than with Sahara dust. We are at Siwa Shali Resort after a long, long drive from Giza with our driver Ragab and Mohassen, the guide. By unspoken agreement ... Read more >

A-R-R-G, Matey!

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [100]

ON THURSDAY SAUDI ARABIA SLIPPED BY unseen on the starboard side but our disappointment remained on-board. I guess our regular appearance at Guest Services had some impact—not only did they refund the money for the tour of Jeddah, they gave us ... Read more >

Oracle of Ammon and Shali Fortress

Fri, 10 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [88]

MOHASSEN IS ALREADY MAKING US CRAZY. He insists on walking us across the street like a wayward Boy Scout and thinks us incapable of buying a Diet Pepsi without his help. But most annoying, he doesn’t speak to Connie—won’t even look ... Read more >

Luxor—The East Bank

Fri, 3 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

RELUCTANTLY WE MOVED OUR VIGIL from Thebes Hotel to the East Bank. Iberotel is more of a Western hotel with a great view of the Nile and within walking distance of Luxor Temple and—if you are ambitious like us—Karnak Temple. While we were ... Read more >

Sailing the Suez Canal

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [85]

WE HAVE BEEN DAWDLING ALONG hardly making a ripple in the sea. Evidently there is a rigid schedule for transiting the Suez Canal and it makes no sense to arrive early. Something woke me in the early hours and when I looked outside I realized the lights ... Read more >

Pyramids of Giza

Fri, 8 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [79]

The oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are the Great Pyramids of Giza. Few structures in the world, if any, have inspired writers, artists, historians, academics, archaeologists, photographers, filmmakers, and ordinary ... Read more >

The Great Temple of Amun at Karnak

Sat, 4 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [67]

THE GREAT TEMPLE OF AMUN AT KARNAK is in a word, Amazing ! At over 200 acres it is also one of the largest. I should also note that Karnak with two “K”s has nothing to do with the Johnny Carson character, two “C” Carnac the Magnificent.... Read more >

The Pyramids of Giza

Tue, 7 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [66]

THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA are the only members of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remain. Despite the recurring tabloid stories the pyramids were not built by Aliens! According to Herodotus the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) took one hundred thousand ... Read more >

Abu Simbel

Fri, 1 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [56]

No matter how many lessons on Ancient Egypt you had in history class or how many times you've seen hieroglyphics in National Geographic or on the History Channel, nothing will prepare you for seeing them in person. The temples of Abu Simbel are an architectural ... Read more >

In the Words of Herodotus...

Sun, 26 Jun 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [38]

It is known as the "Gift of the Nile." A country, a land, a civilization that has existed for more than five millennia. A place where many great discoveries and inventions have taken place. The equinoxes, pi, the pulley, and the first writing system, ... Read more >

Red Sea Dive

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [38]

As with some of my journeys, this one started off on the wrong foot but I've managed to right the ship quickly. Being Juliett-less (drone-less) in Egypt is a minor inconvenience but how about a dive into the Red Sea? As one of the world's great diving ... Read more >

Valley of the Kings

Sun, 3 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [31]

Heaving on glops of suncreen and donning my Barmah kangaroo leather hat, I felt like Indiana Jones as I explored the Valley of the Kings and a lot in between today. After a few days in Aswan, last night I took the train to Luxor. My plan to sail on a ... Read more >

Karnak

Mon, 4 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [17]

It's Independence Day in the USA but I'm here in Egypt for the 4th of July exploring temples. Abdallah advised me to allow for a large chunk of the day at Karnak since it's the world's second largest temple complex (the largest is Angkor Wat). Covering ... Read more >

Balloons and Temples

Tue, 5 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [8]

Scuba diving, temple exploring, sailing, feasting, hitchhking, and hot air ballooning...in Egypt, I seem to have done it all from the prototypical to the extraordinary. Today I would ride in a hot air balloon for the first time. Even at 37, I'm still ... Read more >

Photos: Cairo

Fri, 8 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Home to the Pyramids of Giza and Tut's Golden Mask, Cairo is Egypt in microcosm
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Photos: Luxor

Sun, 3 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Valley of the Kings

Sun, 3 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

The final resting place of Tutankhamun and dozens of other pharaohs
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Photos: Aswan

Thu, 30 Jun 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Abu Simbel

Fri, 1 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

One of the most magnificent temples in Egypt
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Photos: Red Sea

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Diving on the Red Sea Coast
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Photos: Hurghada

Sun, 26 Jun 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Egypt's diving epicentre
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