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Egypt Early 2015

Temple of Edfou just before sunrise

Temple of Edfou just before sunrise

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 was that special feeling not here for Egypt?  Was it because I was a bit scared of my security and the political situation of the country, but with the new president, Egypt is supposed to be more stable, and that was confirmed by my Egyptian colleagues back in Doha.  Honestly, I don’t know how often my colleagues go home to Cairo and they said if I wanted to see the Pyramids (just outside Cairo) and to visit other monumental places, located mostly in the country side we should be OK.  Or the excitement was not there because we did not get a window seat in the plane and could not see the aerial view of Cairo to hype me up prior to our landing in Cairo International Airport?

Our hotel was on the other side of the city from the airport, in the Giza suburb, across the River Nile, right next door to the Pyramids. I should be getting more excited by now, as I was able to tick off another country visited as well as visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Yes, the hotel we stayed was fabulous, with the Pyramids as it’s back drop, but the road near the entrance to the hotel was heavily guarded, and it made me uncomfortable; and the fact that the entrance to the Pyramids was right next to the hotel made it a bit chaotic and noisy men saying: “… maybe tomorrow you are going to ride the horses to the Pyramids….?”

A friend of mine asked me what I thought about Egypt and she voiced her opinion that she didn’t like Egypt “…too many pushy men…”. Hmmm, I have to agree with her, the souvenir vendors are very pushy (and they are all men) and very tricky on trying to sell their products, and they are everywhere, not only around the places of interest, but also inside the hotel, which we fell in to this trap right after we dumped our luggage in our room and wandering in our hotel.

I guess we do not really understand Egypt and it’s ancient history; the River Nile and the Nile cruises are reasons that Egypt still hold its magical attraction. Forget about the Pyramids, which I think are overrated; cruising the River Nile to Upper Egypt is the ultimate thing to do in Egypt, it’s a bit like traveling back in time.

I can also confirm that Egypt is a safe country to visit even though we were there when there was a crackdown that killed 18 people and provided you are not within the major city areas then you are safe.  But will I recommend you to visit Egypt? … hmmm, maybe not.

PS. – don’t forget to click the i on the picture for more information.

More pictures on Egypt can be seen on my photography website

This is my first post about Egypt, I will write more in the coming weeks, especially the cruise along the River Nile:

Map of Egypt and the River Nile

Map of Egypt and the River Nile

 

 

21 Comments

  1. I still want to go there. I guess it’s been a life long dream, and that Nile cruise looks amazing. As usual your photographs are exquisite. Looking at them I say out loud to Don that we have to go to Egypt!
    Alison

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    • Nice to get your comments. The history parts of Egypt are still special and the Nile cruise on the SS Sudan was also very special (Nile cruise post to come later). The country was just very dirty ( although the Nile was quite clean) and very pushy sellers at the tourist locations might put people off and disappoint you. Sometimes it would be nice to keep on dreaming and not seeing the harsh reality…

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      • We’ve spent quite a lot of time in India so we know a lot about very dirty, and pushy sellers, so it doesn’t put me off, but nice to be warned so we know what to expect.

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      • Just be warned that it maybe worse than India, as I’ve visited India not long ago…

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  2. Enjoyed the slide show Nin. I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt, and especially go up the Nile. I haven’t, primarily because of the reasons you list. I will look forward to you river trip, however. Maybe, just maybe… –Curt

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  3. Ditunggu cerita selanjutnya..😃 dan juga foto-foto keren lainnya.. Jadi penasaran seperti apa Mesir setelah gonjang ganjing politik yg terakhir itu.. Aku dan suami ke sana Februari 2010..

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    • Mesir mundur jauh setelah kisruh politik, dan menurut prediksi saya ga akan kemana-mana selama 10 tahun kedepan… mending liat Morocco yang lebih mirip eropa dari pada Africa….

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  4. hani

    We went thru the Suez Canal on our way from Napoli to Jakarta. on Loyd Triestino (italian ship)……….saw the pyramids from afar…….but never made it to Cairo. Nina harus buat buku……….

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  5. Beautiful images mbak! I have been thinking to visit Egypt, I just hate the idea to arrange the visa in advance😦
    Oh, I love the scrolling images gallery! Great addition to your post🙂 Have a nice weekend!

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    • Visa issue is the handicap. I’ve another experience and headache, which is why for Indonesian, not worth a visit… I will post about this separately…

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  6. Karen Harmon

    Wonderful! Such beauty and squalor. You are such a talented photographer and ought to be in the National Geographic. Thanks for email, by the way… will answer soon.

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    • Thanks Karen, I just keep clicking my camera and hope for the best; sometimes the results are good and sometimes not. So watch this space for more surprises.
      By the way, you were in Egypt with us so you are in a good position to post a view.

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    • Julia, thanks for stopping by. I have to agree with you that Cairo and Egypt have a lot of hidden treasure. Especially Cairo which is difficult to interpret as it has such a long history and having stayed there for such short period, obviously we missed the nicer places you’ve said.
      N.

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  7. My, I must have missed this post before. That temple of Edfou, wow! I could almost swear that they had deliberately put those two lamps for this very occasion! How fitting in!🙂

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  8. Nina, I understand how pushy vendors can put us all off and ruin our stay in a place. That happened to me in Kochi, Kerala where, after dealing with a series of unpleasant experiences, all I wanted to do is leave as soon as possible. But in Egypt’s case I think I still want to visit Abu Simbel, Luxor, and all those thousands years old temples, regardless the pushy vendors.

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