Beach break! It's back to the Red Sea...

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
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Trip End Nov 28, 2006


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Sunday, July 2, 2006

We spent our last week in Egypt enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Red Sea. We cashed in some frequent flyer points at a couple of resorts and it was worth every point!
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Got a chance to do some more diving and snorkeling, and as if we weren't dark enough, we also got to work on our tan a little bit more. This was the vacation-from-a-vacation portion of the trip. No sights, no culture, just surf, sand and sun.
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Egypt was absolutely amazing! We spent three weeks there, but you could easily spend three months and still not see everything.

Most memorable moments in Egypt:

~Red Sea - crystal clear water, it really is like swimming in an aquarium

~The Pyramids - there's a reason it's one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!

~Abu Simbel - We saw lots of temples, but this is arguably one of the best

~Donkeys - they're stubborn and funny looking, but are they ever fun to ride

~Drinks at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan - a very nice colonial style hotel with a terrace lounge overlooking the Nile River. It's the perfect place to watch the sun set and relax after a day of sightseeing!



Most forgettable experiences in Egypt:

~Climbing Mt. Sinai - three hour hike at 2am just to see a mediocre sunrise? I'll pass next time (or wait until they build a cable car!).

~Going inside the Pyramids - it's cramped, it's stuffy, and it turns out there's nothing to see but a plain empty room

~Egyptian breakfasts - Imagine a plate with a bread roll, flatbread, a couple of olives, a soft-cheese triangle, and a boiled egg. It's a lot of bread, not very tasty, and after eating that for a couple weeks, you'd be craving an egg McMuffin too.
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