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A Trip to The Valley of the Kings Part 2: The Dos and Don’ts of Donkey Riding

In all honesty I could probably write a book on the dos and don’ts of animal transport in third world countries.  But the least favourite of all the animals I’ve had the pleasure of being transported by during my travels is – without a doubt – DONKEYS. So you remember that movie with the big green ogre who went off ...

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A Trip to The Valley of the Kings Part 1: Hot Air Ballooning

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It’s time for another adventure and we are still taking a glimpse at the wonders that Egypt has to offer. There is just so much in this wondrous country and it is somewhere I have wanted to go since I was at school and we studied the history and mythology of Egypt. These days it can be a pretty dicey ...

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UNESCO: Historic Cairo

Old Cairo

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UNESCO: Medina of Fes

Fez Medina

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UNESCO: Historic City of Meknes

Place el-Hedim

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UNESCO: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou

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UNESCO: Memphis and its Necropolis

The Pyramids

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UNESCO: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Karnak

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Sand, Sinai and Snorkels – Unexpected Detours

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Sunrise on Mt Sinai and a visit to St Katherine’s monastery were, for us, going to be a highlight and a chance to tick off one of the destinations on our wish list. However, since the fall of Mubarak in Egypt’s Arab Spring, the Sinai has become increasingly lawless, and trouble in the area, in the form of kidnapping of ...

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Amazing Karnak – Monument to the Pharaohs

The sacred lake

Ancient Thebes, the “City of Amun”, surrounded by what is now modern day Luxor. Home of Karnak – arguably one of the most impressive monumental temple sites in Egypt. No small task in such a country. On a tour of Egypt’s more well known temples – Philae, Edfu, Kom Ombo – Karnak is best left for last. All are spectacular, ...

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Blokes, Boats and Beer…a trip down the Nile.

An elegant dance

“He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience”  – William Golding Patience..or a maybe just a felucca full of beer and plenty to read… A highlight of any trip to Egypt would have to be a Nile Cruise. There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this, depending on what you are after. ...

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A Shakespearean Tragedy of Egyptian Proportions

Philae Temple view from the Nile

  “I am Horus, the great Falcon upon the ramparts of the house of him of the hidden name. My flight has reached the horizon. I have passed by the gods of Nut. I have gone further than the gods of old. Even the most ancient bird could not equal my very first flight. I have removed my place beyond ...

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Sometimes Size Does Matter

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“IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— “I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone, “The King of Kings; this mighty City shows “The wonders of my hand.”— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon” – Horace Smith ...

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Far from the Maddening Crowd

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“Whenever you were on the Nile, whatever you saw along the banks, the ever-present ridge of the desert loomed beyond the greenery, walling the floodplain on either side, a long chain of hills both east and west, often with pale chutes of sand spilling down them, blown in from the desert beyond.” – Rosemary Mahoney Down The Nile 2007 Alas ...

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Crazy Cairo

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Cairo is a city that seems to try hard to make a good first ...

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The Road to Marrakech

The spice markets in Marrakesh

“I believe that Marrakech ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, makes it a little less easy to understand.” ― Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights   Marrakech. Just the name solicits a rush, a place I have longed to see for as long as I can ...

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Edge of The Sahara

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“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince   Rose gold hills appear in the distance, looking like a mirage with the heat shimmer rising from the land between us and them. Yes…finally there were ...

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Berber Villages and Ski Resorts?

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“Time in the wild reminds me how much of what I ordinarily do is mere dithering, how much of what I own is mere encumbrance. The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it, is not complexity but clutter.” – Scott Sander   Leaving Fes, we head out, swapping train for the inevitable tourist mini-bus that always makes a show on ...

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Fes: A Sensory Overload

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“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling In a country that overwhelms your senses, Fes is a riot of colours, sounds and smells. To get lost in one of the almost 10,000 alleyways and streets of the medina is absurdly one of the biggest appeals of Morocco. Considered the medieval capital of ...

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Meknes: Imperial City

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru   My perception of Morocco is deserts, camels and bedouin, at least til I arrived. It's the height of spring, but I'm surprised by ...

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Casablanca – The Extremes of Morocco

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” From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, with sometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin…” ~ Edith Wharton In Morocco   41 hours of hellish flights and airport stopovers that were too long to be comfortable and too short to be ...

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The Back Roads of Morocco

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  “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” ~ André Gide     We were finally venturing from our SE Asia safety net to lands unknown. Mysterious, exotic and perhaps a hint of danger   Once again we were mixing it up with a mixture of “organised” backpacking ...

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