Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fayoum, Where History and Nature Infuse.

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Tourism in Egypt has a worldwide reputation, but today I will write about a spot that is relatively not as known as the pyramids and the temples of the pharos in Upper Egypt, I will write about Fayoum.

A space of 692 sq mile is the Fayoum governorate located in a depression of about 179 500 ha south of Cairo and 25km west of the Nile River, it is separated from the Nile Valley by a relatively thin ridge.

The prehistoric people who lived in Fayoum were, at first, nomadic hunters and gatherers, but later began harvesting plants near the lake. This developed into what is said to be the earliest agricultural area in the world, it has remained an agriculture center, well known for its fruits, vegetables and farm animals, specially farm birds.





I see that Fayoum is one of the most places in the world were history and nature infuse in such harmony creating one of the most distinguished tourist spots in Egypt.


Starting by the famous "Birket" Qaroun or Lake Qaroun. The space occupied by the lake is 215 sq km, life in the area has always rotated around it, it remains Egypt's largest salt water lake, today the lake is much smaller than in the past, but it is nevertheless a place of great beauty. Artificial lakes were created in the southern region towards Wadi Raiyan, where (with a 4x4) it is possible to visit the waterfalls. The Fayoum is only a few kilometers south of Cairo, and may be the ideal destination for a one-day excursion; a 4x4 will allow you to visit all the main archaeological and natural sites.








Geological studies proved that the area of the Fayoum saw significant and turbulent changes in its climate and geography, in fact the region is famous for fossils that can be found in the desert apart from shells of various sizes, skeletons of whales, sharks, crocodiles, giant turtles and large horned mammals can be found in the desert north of the lake.

The Seven Water Wheels... in Fayoum the locals are proud of their water-wheels, first introduced by the Ptolemies and used now as the official symbol of Fayoum province in post stamps. There are over 200 to see in the region. Besides the four large ones on the main Gomhouria street, the most famous are the series of seven water wheels, about 3km along Bahr Sinnuris. Access to Bahr Youssef, canal bisecting Fayoum.





Nature is very generous, locals in Fayoum have all reason not only to believe so but to be sure of it, they have it all, a fertile land, a lake and water springs, Ain as-Siliyiin is one of the major springs in the area. The water is sweet, and contains traces of titanium which are said to prevent teriosclerosis. There are some vendors, restaurants, accommodations and other amenities in the area, which is located in a lush valley. Other such springs around Fayoum include al-Sha'ir, Biahmu and al-Mandarah.

The Karanis Museum

See for yourself the originality of Fayoum and keep it in your vision memory, or don’t, your memory will do that spontaneously and by itself after visiting the Karanis Museum.

Many artifacts found within the Fayoum region are housed in the Karanis Museum. Displays include delicate glassware and pottery, females' heads which are thought to have been used to model hairstyles and a Fayoum portrait. Many of the mummies found in this area had portrait of the deceased painted on them. The museum is well laid out, and has recently been renovated.





The "Fayoum Portraits

The "Fayoum Portraits" are life-like paintings once bandaged in place over the faces of mummies, dating usually between the 1st and 3rd centuries A.D. Most of these portraits have now been detached from their mummies. Yet, they provide a wealth of information about the clothing, adornment and physical characteristics of Egypt's wealthier inhabitants during Roman times, they are considered a link between the art of portraiture in ancient Egyptian times and the middle ages and also greatly influenced Coptic iconography in Egypt.





A Perfect holiday cannot be described by the word perfect unless the accommodation is perfect too...

Auberge Du Lac-Fayoum, this hotel is made for travelers who appreciate a very homely, old fashioned mood, it is full of character, service is excellent. The lounge area is really good to sit and while away the evening or an afternoon after sightseeing, it has a wonderful atmosphere, it was built in 1954 and renovated in 1985, and was once the hunting lodge of King Farouk, the last king of Egypt, and the prior hotel built on the same site served as a meeting place for world leaders deciding the boarders of the Middle East after First World War.

A visit to Fayoum is for a person when is need to stimulate there recreational senses.

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Alexandria, the City Poets Fell in Love with.

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Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", Alexandria has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean, its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country, though it is only 225km. from Cairo. Alexandria is one of the most popular summer resorts in the Middle East for decades it has been the summer destination for the elite.





Since we are speaking of Alexandria there is no way what so ever not to mention the Famous Library of Alexandria which is believed to be a great source of knowledge the most famous library in history, it was the center of learning and scientific research in the ancient world. The Library wasn’t merely a repository for books; it was the world’s cultural and intellectual capital, teaming with influential scholars for more than seven centuries. Despite its demise and disappearance 1600 years ago, scholars and scientists remain preoccupied with its legacy. The library has been rebuilt to become much more than a library, upgraded by adding modern facilities to serve the public.






Special spots and "must sees"

The Corniche

The Corniche is Alexandria's most spectacular attraction. You can’t avoid seeing it nor can you resist enjoying walking along it.

A lot of money has been invested in beautifying the Corniche and returning Alexandria to the glory of the 40s, when Alexandria was the hip place for ex-pats and writers. The Corniche is a nice, wide sidewalk that stretches all along the Eastern Harbor from Fort Qaitbey to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is dotted with Casinos built on stilts and rows of beach It is most impressive around sunset and at night.





As many other cities in Egypt, one can see the influence of history in Alexandria, the presence of Fort Qaitbey and the Alexandria lighthouse prove to us so.

Montazah Palace and Gardens

Montazah is a royal palace built between 1892 and 1926 as a summer retreat by Khedive Abbas the second; an ancestor of King Farouk, the last king of Egypt. It was here that the last king of Egypt spent his childhood years, isolated from the realm of public life. Indeed, his sisters too were groomed in the lush surroundings. King Farouk fled from this palace when he abdicated.

The Roman Amphitheatre

The well preserved Roman Theatre was discovered in 1964 in Kom El Dekka and is the only one of its kind in Egypt.





It is modest in size, but in excellent condition. It seated 700-800 people on its 13 white marble terraces. The structure deviates from the typical oval amphitheatre, being more circular.

Fort Qaitbay

If you are on a one day trip to Alexandria then the high point should be to relax on the northern tip of the Eastern Harbor by Sultan Qaitbey’s Fort, an Alexandrian landmark.

This fort was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by sea. Naturally, debris from the Pharos was used. Muhammad Ali modernized the fort in the 19th century.





Antoniadis Palace and Park

The Palace lies near the Mahmoudia Canal at the southern entrance of Alexandria, and is surrounded by some 48 hectares (120 Feddans) of greenery including the Antoniadis Garden, the Flower Garden, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens and the (Nozha) Garden, which was a residential suburb inhabited by the likes of Callimachus (310-240 BC), the head librarian of the ancient Library of Alexandria at that time.









Alabaster Tomb

This Tomb is suspected to be Alexander the Great’s Tomb. It dates back to the 3rd century BC. The Alabaster Tomb is part of the Latin cemeteries discovered in (Shatby). It consists of a squared-off alabaster portal which used to lead to a great tomb.

The alabaster was imported from Greece in blocks, one meter of thickness and three meters height.

How can one have energy for all this? You won’t unless you restore some energy to continue enjoying the tour making out of your stay a spectacular rich vacation. So as for food, it is almost a tradition for locals and visitors to eat fish in Alexandria, Egyptians say that if you don't eat fish when you visit Alexandria, it’s as if you haven't been there, the famous Kadora Restaurant and the fish market offer some of the best seafood in Egypt.

Enjoy your holiday regardless to the size of your budget a huge selection of hotels are available for accommodation, Whatever your travel plans are, a luxury vacation or a moderate simple stay, a range of accommodation and travel services to suit every budget and traveling style, without losing that individual travel experience.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Egypt Has It All

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It is almost impossible that there is one existing individual who is into traveling and wouldn’t have it at the top of their list to travel to Egypt at least twice in their life specially travelers who have already visited it, just cant have enough of Egypt and always intend to go back at some point.

Egypt is known for a variety of distinguished tourist spots, visiting different sites can transfer you from an era to another, ancient to modern, idyllic to sumptuous, a switch of modes is always expected you will probably foretell after spending the first twenty four hours of your vacation that resisting the desire of having a bit of everything will almost be impossible, it can be from a recreational serene moment switching to an evening were you will definitely need your dancing shoes on.

Following the saying that some like it hot some like it cold its very easy to take notice that in Egypt there is something for every one, so if you are traveling as a family , group of friends, couples or it's just you , there is always more than enough options, it could be camping at the desert getting a chance to lay back on the soft shimmering sands getting all stress relieved by just gazing at a clear sky filled with extremely illuminating stars, or taking a cruise in the Nile, the river that has been beyond sacred to the Pharaohs.





Whether it's setting foot on an ancient site or walking in the streets of down town Cairo it's as close as you can get to the literate meaning of traveling back and forth through time.

It's amazing that the variety is not limited to the wide option of different spots than can be visited in Egypt; I have been always amused by the wide range of possible experiences in one city, town or resort.





When I visited Dahab my instant t impression was absolutely false, I thought its just water ,sky and sand but I was fooled, after settling down at one of the hotels we went out to have a look around Dahab, people seemed to be relaxed and kind of horizontal its like they got rid of their worries at the entrance of Dahab, as we walked along the market street ,I couldn’t stop my jaws from dropping and my eyes from blinking , you just feel like you want to have it all, I cant list the amount of items to be bought, and what was instantly very clear to me the monuments that had a clear Afro Arabian mix, that alone was enough for me to see how special this spot is.

Through the market street we were heading to the beach, strangely I could smell food and later I discovered that it was because all the restaurants were all lined parallel to the beach, I could sense different aromas, at that moment I knew that variety is not limited to places but food too, as we sat and enjoyed a pleasant meal we saw jet skees people riding horses, and beach buggies too , as a group we figured that we have to manage our time since each had an interest in an activity more than the other.





A Bedouin night was what we agreed on starting with, we decided to give our evening an oriental theme ,the surprise was that we didn’t spend that time with city individuals dressed like Bedouins, we actually had a tourist guide arrange for us a visit to a typical traditional Bedouin family ,this experience definitely added a unique flavor to our trip, over whelmed by their generosity we enjoyed our specially cooked Bedouin meal, to add more sweetness we enjoyed a special desert and a traditional cup of Bedouin tea, and just as we thought things couldn’t get better our eyes widened as we saw and heard music !! A folkloric dance, tambourines, and Arabian horses dancing. .as the music faded and the dancing horses slowed the steps of their dancing hooves, it was time to call it a day and slowly digest the meal as well as the magical evening

To properly enjoy every moment of all that, you will need to feel safe and secured, the Egyptian tourism police has been so aware of this and for that , they have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering high protection for tourists, not to mention the naturally friendly spirit Egyptian citizens are known for , which adds another level of security as they see that it's an obligation and find pride in providing foreign visitors by security and help.
Finally a "must mention" is that visiting Egypt is an experience usually achieved by visiting many spots in the world, but you just have it all just by a visit to one destination…"Egypt"

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The pyramids remain to be one of the greatest Seven Wonders of the World

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Pyramids are the only large stone structures built by early Egyptians. They were centerpieces for large building complexes of tombs and temples for worshiping their gods.

The first pyramid built was the Step Pyramid at Saqqara (Sakkara); it was built for the Pharaoh Djoser more than 4600 years ago. It was made of limestone blocks quarried across the river at Tura. Djoser's Step Pyramid is 204 feet high and was the largest known man made structure of its time.





Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramid is one of the most extensive archaeological sites comprising many important monuments such as the Step Pyramid of Djoser, Pyramid of Unas, Pyramid of Sekhemket, Mastaba of Ti and the deep underground Persian Tombs.s

It’s hard to imagine standing and facing the base of the Great Pyramid of Egypt and envisioning that this super structure was made by man thousands of years ago Its colossal structure has left a lasting indentation on modern times and continues to inspire many ideas for new and upcoming architecture.





There are 97 known big pyramids in Egypt (plus any smaller ones for wives and children). What makes the Giza Pyramids different? The size of the Giza Pyramids cannot be appreciated unless you have visited them but it is not the size that makes them one of the even wonders of the world, it is the mystery which surrounds them, they are also the oldest skyscrapers.

The largest pyramid, Cheops (Khufu), towered above, rising 450 feet from a 1,000-foot-wide base. The exact method of construction is unknown, but estimates are that 100,000 workers spent 30 years positioning 2-1/2 million stones, each weighing one to thirty tons. Symmetry remains intact despite ages of plunder on the outer stones.





A visit to Giza Pyramids is not complete without a visit to the nearby great Sphinx. This huge statue, half man, half lion, was carved from one huge stone during Pharaoh Chephren’s rule, but its purpose remains a mystery. Its missing nose and beard were the result of target practice by invading Turkish troops. Some devastation was also later charged to Napoleon's invading troops.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Vacation in Hurghada

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A craving for an exciting yet relaxing vacation is a phase we go through every now and then due to the stressful life we have come to live, a perfect getaway would definitely be Hurghada. It is one of the leading tourist resorts of the Red Sea coast in Egypt. Hurghada serves a variety of interests to different age groups.

Many aquatic sports can be enjoyed there, such as windsurfing, sailing, swimming, diving, and snorkeling. Those who'd like to experience watching the beautiful heavenly under water gardens, taking a glass boat all the way deep in the crystal blue water and observe many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs is a magnificent experience .





Along the main road a range of restaurants and café's are located, offering delicious foods and snacks, but of course unlike the fresh, mouth watering sea food.
The most top rated restaurants in Hurghada are Hard Rock café and of course one of the oldest restaurants in Egypt "Felfela", serving specially Egyptian oriental dishes and spicy vegetarian Egyptian fast foods.

The night life in Hurghada is dynamic; this is due to the multiplicity of night clubs and pubs that welcome both youngsters who want to party vivaciously and adults who want to enjoy few drinks in a serene night out. Black Out Disco in Ali Baba Palace, South Corniche, Jungle Disco, in the Grand Hotel Mall, South Corniche, The Chill Beach Café, El Tabia Beach, Sekala, Calypso Disco, Hadaba Road, Sekala, Papa's Beach Club, El Sakia Beach, Sekala, Kalaboush, Iberotel Arabella, North Corniche, Palladium Discoteque, El Gouna Downtown, and Palma Karaoke Café', Each name has its own attraction and makes you wonder what's behind.





Accommodation in Hurghada varies depending of course on a persons will. It starts from apartment or villas rental with private or shared pool and the options hotel ranks are open. The ten top-Rated Hotels in Hurghada are Marriott Beach Resort, LTI Dana Beach Resort, Fort Arabesque Hotel, Sunrise Garden Beach Resort, Siva Grand Beach Hotel, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Red Sea Grand Resort, Sunrise Mamlouk Palace Resort, Sunrise Holidays Resort, Titanic Beach Spa, Aqua Park, and private resorts.

Other activities that can be done in Hurghada is going on a day trip or safaris to Roman Mons Porphyrites (mountain of porphyry) which is near Gebel Abu Dukhan (Father of Smoke). Either rent a jeep or go by camels for big fans of nature. There are many beautiful islands there as well, such as Shadwan Island, and Shaab el-Erg are recommended for diving and snorkeling only; other islands are recommended for fishing and swimming as well such as Shaab Abu Shiban, Umm Gammar Island, Shaab Abu Ramada, Shaab Abu Hashish, and Sharm el-Arab.





Shasb Saghir Umm Gammae, Abu Ramada Island, and Careless Reef are precisely recommended for diving only while Dishet el-Dhaba and Abu Minqar Island are famous for their astonishing beaches that allow you to relax under the sun and swim in the clear natural aqua blue water.

Regardless of the choices taken on how one would like to spend their vacation, due to the many options, a pleasant experience is guaranteed.

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When history talks about Egypt

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Egypt is known for a variety of distinguished tourist spots, visiting different sights can transfer you from an era to another, ancient to modern, idyllic to sumptuous, a switch of modes is always expected you will probably foretell after spending the first twenty four hours of your vacation that resisting the desire of having a bit of everything will almost be impossible, it can be from a recreational serene moment switching to an evening were you will definitely need your dancing shoes on.





Following the saying that some like it hot some like it cold its very easy to take notice that in Egypt there is something for every one, so if you are traveling as a family, group of friends, couples or it's just you, there is always more than enough options, it could be camping at the desert getting a chance to lay back on the soft shimmering sands getting all stress relieved by just gazing at a clear sky filled with extremely illuminating stars, or taking a cruise in the Nile, the river that has been beyond sacred to the Pharos.





Whether it's setting foot on an ancient site or walking in the streets of down town Cairo it's as close as you can get to the literate meaning of traveling back and forth through time.

But to properly enjoy every moment of all that, you will need to feel safe and secured, the Egyptian tourism police has been so aware of this and for that, they have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering high protection for tourists, not to mention the naturally friendly spirit Egyptian citizens are known for, which adds another level of security as they see that it's an obligation and find pride in providing foreign visitors by security and help.

Finally a "must mention" is that visiting Egypt is an experience usually achieved by visiting many spots in the world, but you just have it all just by a visit to one destination…"Egypt"


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Kahn el Kahlili (Turkish Bazar) - Cairo

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A Nile cruise and seeing the great pyramids is of course a must when visiting Egypt but walking in the alleys of Kahn el Kahlili market is another must.

Khan el Kahlili market is the oldest market in Cairo before it was known as the Turkish bazaar, during the Ottoman period built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in the heart of the Fatimid City. He built a big caravanserai (or khan); a caravanserai was a sort of hotel for traders, and usually the focal point for economic activity for any surrounding area.

As you walk through the unpaved, dusty alleys of this market its like you are in a maze, too deep and adventures , the charm and architecture of the place just takes you away, Kahn el Kahlili carries the literal meaning of the word market, very colorful and many goods are on display for sale.

Just as all old tourist markets it’s a must to bargain, whether it's typically oriental souvenirs you want to carry back home as gifts, or gold and silver jewelry with an ethnic touch are all found west of the Khan, market along the "street of the gold sellers", further on one will find the Brass and Coppersmith Markets, so as long as you work on improving your bargaining skills with a moderate budget you can definitely come out with a few distinguished typically Egyptian goods.



Egypt famous for being one of the most ancient spots in the world known for the trade of spices, this fact is assured by the aroma filling the air of the Khan, it is so beautiful and strong it makes you feel like buying all kinds of spices even the ones you don’t know how or what they are used for, specially that the ones sold in Khan el Khalili are known for good quality.

Besides shopping, traditional cafés are scattered around for tourists and locals to rest enjoy an ethnic cold or hot drink, For smokers, there is the Shisha, or water pipe to give a try , people are generally friendly and very helpful in those cafes, and just in case you cannot find your way out they will have pleasure in showing you the way.

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