I’ve been wanting to change the theme of my blog for sometime now, which really distracts me from blogging itself. Nothing wrong with the current theme, as a matter of fact I’ve been using this Photography theme for over 2 years now, and I am very happy so far. It gave me the opportunity to publish hundreds of good and not so good photographs I took whenever I traveled. What made this theme different from the others is Read More
As soon as we checked in to the Mena House Hotel, and saw our room, we were impressed. Yes, it was only a standard room in the outer wing of the hotel, but as promised by our tour agency we got a Pyramid view room, ‘a room with a view’. Well, almost all of the rooms had a pyramid view. This hotel had good reviews, not only for its location, but also its facilities, the restaurants, the spa as well as the golf course. However, Read More
Our Cruise on the Nile started mid morning after we had a ‘memorable’ city tour of Luxor and checked out from our Luxor hotel. We were joining the ‘Steam Ship Sudan’ cruise to take us from Luxor to Aswan. It was low season and because of the political turmoil in Egypt the journey was cut down to half of the trip, otherwise the Steamship would have taken us all the way from Cairo to Aswan and would have taken as long as 8 days.
SS Sudan, so it was called, was not as big as the other boats that sail upstream on the Nile, but as we stepped on board, the ship’s staff welcomed us with a warm hand towel and a small glass of refreshment, a cold ‘karkadeh’ – hibiscus tea – a popular drink in the region, and everything else was so different from any other ship on the Nile. As soon as we entered the library/lounge which reminded me of a colonial style just before WW II. We were to proceed to Read More
I wrote about a Pride of Lions a few years ago, as a blog post after my safari holiday in 2013 and a photo gallery about the Lions. We know that when we go on a photography safari, sometimes we are waiting and waiting for action, and yet nothing happens. But when the action happens, it should not be missed; and it can happen without warning. Yes, we end up taking few pictures in only a split seconds as each seconds can give different frames and in a couple of minutes and a couple of dozens’ frames later, the action’s over. By the end of the day, we will end up taking hundreds of pictures.
The occasion above was one of those examples. Read More
When we decided to go to Egypt, I had no idea how we would ‘cover’ Egypt as such a big and vast country; as a person who I think I understand geography and love traveling, I should be embarrassed, because apart from Cairo and vaguely Alexandria, I don’t have a clue about the names of other cities in Egypt. So when my husband asked me “Do you want to take the Nile Cruise?”
” Yeah OK” I said, and carried on doing other things, without thinking. I didn’t know then that for some people this is the ultimate travel destination and why!!!….
Basically I don’t like cruising holidays; Read More
When we left the airport and drove crossed the city of Cairo towards our hotel, located in Giza and very close to the the Pyramids, there’s a bit of excitement about the city. Normally, wherever I travel and arrive in a new city, I have that feeling – the excitement of being in a new place. Egypt still retains its magic that lures people to keep on visiting it amid the chaotic political situation of the country. Thus I try to be positive about Cairo, the capital and gateway to Egypt and the city which was built 1000 years ago.
I question myself, why (more…)
We used to call it the Emir’s Farm, which is not quite true, as the ‘farm’ does not belong to the Qatari Emir, but belong the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani who is one of the richest men in Qatar and a distant relative of the Emir. We may call it a farm but it’s more of a traditional establishment that consist of – surprisingly: Read More
Having married a Brit, but living in the Middle East for 10 years (which seems like forever…), many people ask me if I have been to UK. To many who are ignorant and maybe have never been abroad or less exposed to the ‘outside’ world, or don’t understand geography, whenever they ask my husband where he is from or what was his origin, normally he would answer: “I am British!” and surprisingly the reply from that person would be “….Aah, you are from London….”