Pharaohs, Mummies and Crocodiles

Visual Diary: 2011 September – November.  A trip I did a couple of years ago, the photos I’m sharing are the ones I cherish most from a photography point of view.  Not all were taken with my DSLR, I had a Sony E. Cybershot cellphone at the time and I must say, it did the job when needed!

Enjoy!

Starting in Luxor:

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Ruins next to the parking lot at Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

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Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

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Guard statues at Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

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One of the many passages decorated with hieroglyphs at Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

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A close-up of some of the most common known signs and story-telling in Egyptian history, culture and belief.

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The view from one of the accessible corners at the top, towards the eastern river bank of The Nile at Mortuary temple of Hatshepsut.

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Enjoying the sunset and shisha at one of the hotels on The Nile.

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Humongous pillars at the Karnak temple.

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One of the coolest backpackers I’ve ever stayed at!  Calm, next to the water, clean, cold showers, friendly hosts and good food!  If I get to visit Luxor again I will definitely stay here if they’re still around.

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Early morning cellphone pics.  The view towards the eastern river bank at Al Salam Camp.

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Wandering around in the village West of The Nile.

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Hiking in the mountains surrounding Valley of the Kings.

After Luxor, we made our way to Hurghada for a couple of days.

From there to Sharm El Sheikh:

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Our chalet at Sharks Bay was literally 20 steps from the mini waves rolling in.  Snorkeling and diving equipment rentals are available everywhere!  The plastic floating pier offers both a convenient get in/out as well as safety from the sharp corals that grow in the shallow waters.  Amazing!

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Sharks Bay.

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The restaurant and bar on the beach, laid out with carpets, cushions and shishas.

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During a round trip across Mt. Sinai, we visited St. Katherine Monastery and stopped for drinks in Doha – a colourful place and diving culture that attracts long-term travelers and adventure-seekers from across the globe.  This restaurant is situated low on the water, you can pay and  then swim/snorkel back to your place.  It’s as idyllic as it sounds.

From Sharm El Sheikh we hopped on the bus to Cairo:

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 Market in Cairo center.

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Tahrir Square, exactly during the week of peace between 2 major revolts.  I was happy to be there, capture this and lucky to have left a day before the second outbreak.  You can see the burnt building in the background, people and cars in the street leading a normal day-to-day, just for a week.

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A little bit of humour…

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And of course, what would a trip to Egypt and Cairo be without visiting the Pyramids of Giza on a camel’s back.

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I’ve been keeping tabs on the news in Egypt and friends from Cairo have assured me that Egypt is now a stable and safe country since the presidential elections in 2014.  However, in terms of what has been happening in Tunisia and in other parts of the Middle-East, best to do your research thoroughly and have a network/group of people to receive you there.

Adventure is calling but let’s not run off a cliff to get there…=)

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