Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday January 27, 2009

Today we leave Sol Y Mar Paradise, Safaga and head for Hurghada. At breakfast we notice they have new signs for the salad, egg, etc stations and put out new fancy Lipton Tea boxes with lots of varieties, even a new hot water pot for the tea.
We take some nuts (first time we seen these out for breakfast), dried apricots, buns and cheese for the bus trip. We walk out with our backpacks on and are noticed by all the neighbours. The only ones without suitcases on wheels. We go to the front desk and hand the key and towel card in.

There is a taxi out front and we negotiate to the bus terminal, he wants 20 LE, we want to pay 5, he says he will take us to Hurghada for 100 LE, comes down to 80 LE. We walk away to the road to get the local bus to the bus station. Along comes another taxi. He also wants 20 LE to go to the bus station, but will take us to Hurghada for 70 LE. We decided to go with the taxi. It is an interesting ride, there are all kinds of resorts along the Red Sea. The other side is all just sand, and more sand. Quite pretty in it's own unusual way. We soon come to the city of Hurghada, past the airport and then into the city centre. The driver shows us where the marina is for the ferry and then takes us to a hotel close by. It is o.k. and what we are looking for. We get our bags from the taxi and register with the hotel after negotiating a price of course. When we hand our passports in to register he is happy to see they are from Canada and says I will give you a deal! What a surprise, he includes breakfast for a few pounds more! There is a beach area just down the street and we get free access to it each day.

Funny thing, the bell man, Len and I and our bags can't all fit in the elevator because of the weight, so we are told. So the bell man goes down for my pack on a separate lift. Once in we find McD's and make sure they have wi-fi. Back to the hotel for our lunch and then off to the marina to find out where we get out ferry tickets for Thursday.

The Hurghada marina is new and very impressive. On the right side is the water with several docks and nice yachts or catamarans or sail boats all moored. On the left side are new buildings in dessert like colours or ochre, burnt sienna, a touch of grey, all meshed together in the right tones. The bottoms are all stores, restaurants and the bazaar, upstairs are apartments or condos all with a great view. No vehicle traffic comes through during the day time. but it is allowed after 10 pm I guess for deliveries.
We still have to find out where we get the tickets as it isn't in this area, I stop into a store that sells boats and inflatable run-abouts to ask for direction. The run-about on display is turbo charged with a 350 horsepower engine, 4 speeds, will fly across the water when opened up, carries 2 people and is only $45,000. Len couldn't believe the price, but I guess when the big boats outside are several million dollars who would think twice about paying that much for the little run-about!

We go past the fresh fish market, we were going to stop and have a look, but the smell was quite fresh so we just continued on. Finally found we are suppose to go to the hotel across the street, Found a man inside and we talk about the tickets, he tells us foreigners pay 250 LE, I argue with him as the web sites we read say 175, he explains that is the price for Egyptians or workers in Egypt. There is a dual pricing system here. We check out a tour office next door and he says the same thing.
We head back to the hotel through the marina area. We stop in a store for an ice cream and mouth wash. A woman at the checkout tells us to go to a pharmacy for the mouth wash. We begin to talk, she is telling us what to see in the area. We say where we will be traveling, and then the conversation turns to the recent war in Israel/Gaza and the woman says why didn't the Americans, yada, yada. That is when we left.

We asked if the hotel could get us CNN or BBC, but we ended up with a channel with old movies and sit-coms. All of a sudden it would go, a Russian lost his channel he was watching so they had to give it back to them, we got it back later on, just about bed time.

Went to McD's and did the blog, searched for a hotel in Aqaba (Found out Lonely Planet is online so checked out Jordan and sites to see) and looked up the comments on the next resort we are going to. Oops, this might be a mistake as there were more complaints than compliments. We must have gotten it mixed up with another one we were looking at as we thought we were going to a place with Italians, but the reviews spoke of Russians. Also Germans, but we know we can get along with them and they are very friendly.

The main street in Hurghada is all shops and stores with souvenirs. Lots of bling and sparkle, all the items for sale are the same in each store. It first reminded us of Las Vegas and then of Mexico border towns.

The moving day went much better than I thought it would. Really glad we took the taxi and he found us the marina area and the hotel.
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stacey.luff on

travelling into hurghada
Hi Jill and Len.
I'm planning a trip to Egypt and am wanting to travel into Hurghada from Luxor in order to catch the ferry over to Sharm el Sheikh. However, i have noticed that all transport into Hurghada seems to have a convoy, and you don't seem to be able to travel into Hurghada without this convoy. Do you know anything about this, could you possibly tell me more and about how you managed to arrange to get into Hurghada. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, and thanks for your help, Stacey

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