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On to the Red Sea

March 1

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We had a good time at the Murphy’s Irish Pub last night, although we had a little difficulty finding it. Ashraf hadn’t been there before and just had directions. So we went into a doorway and climbed 5 floors of stairs without finding the pub. The top couple of flights of stairs were dark as well. Ashraf knocked on a door and the woman that answered told us how to get into the pub. So down we went - she turned on some lights for us - and went in the proper door and then up a flight of stairs. We think she is the owner of the pub, as she came in later from a back door and talked to the staff. We didn’t stay very long, just a drink and our supper, because a couple of big tours of young people came in and it got very noisy in there.
Don and Gerald at the Irish Pub

Don and Gerald at the Irish Pub


We got on the road again this morning, checked out of the hotel, and headed in the direction of Hurghada, the place we are staying at the Red Sea.
Hauling sugar cane

Hauling sugar cane

More hauling sugar cane to the factory

More hauling sugar cane to the factory

A huge tiled urn on the street in Qena

A huge tiled urn on the street in Qena


We stopped after an hour or so at the Dendera Temple in Qena. This temple wasn’t on our original itinerary, but it was added to make up for missing Edfu Temple when we were on the cruise ship. Ashraf says it is an even better temple than Edfu because it is larger and has more painting that has survived. It was interesting and had lots of little rooms on the sides that the other temples didn’t have. We even went up on the roof. The size of the blocks of stone that make up the roof is unbelievable! I can’t even imagine how they got them up there with no crane or machines to help.
Some of the amazing artwork on the ceiling!

Some of the amazing artwork on the ceiling!


Huge columns entirely covered in decoration

Huge columns entirely covered in decoration


Don showing how big the roof blocks are

Don showing how big the roof blocks are


Then we continued on our way with one short coffee/toilet stop. We travelled through the desert and some very rough mountains. It is hard to imagine anyone ever living there!
Mountainous desert

Mountainous desert

A bus load of sleepy people

A bus load of sleepy people


The road was very good and we arrived in Hurghada about 3:30. After we got checked in to the Sunny Beach Resort, which is an all inclusive resort, we went to the beach restaurant for a snack, because we hadn’t had any lunch. We found out that the WIFI here only works in the lobby and main restaurant of the hotel. Our room is quite far away, this place is huge, maybe 300 rooms, and 3 swimming pools. It was very windy and cool today, it seems strange to be at a beach resort and have to wear pants and a jacket!

We sat in the lobby before supper for free beer and WIFI. When we decided to eat, I got a tour from the head chef to show me what I could eat - most of which I could have discerned myself. They have a huge buffet here and I think there will always be something I can eat. It is nice that they showed such concern to ensure I was properly taken care of.

Here are a few photos and a video from the Valley of the Kings tombs. Thanks Sara for being our professional photographer and sharing your work.
Proof we were in the tomb!

Proof we were in the tomb!

Such vivid colours in the tombs

Such vivid colours in the tombs


Another one from the tombs

Another one from the tombs

The noise level in the video gives you a good indication of how many people visit these tombs.

Posted by katdill 21:43 Archived in Egypt

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