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I’ve Been There: Our Egypt Experience

August 6th, 2015

Photo credit: George M Groutas

Egypt is so steeped in history, it’s like a dream. One of my earliest exposures to Egypt was the “King Tut” travelling exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The exhibit was amazing in so many ways and without a doubt created a seed in me. I had to go to Egypt at some point in my life to see more of this amazing world history.

Some years later, my girlfriend (now wife) and I planned a whirlwind 10 day trip to Europe including Egypt. Greece was the real vacation (including the Acropolis) but Egypt was all about discovery – in 3 days!

After landing in Cairo, we started speaking with a tour guide in the airport and end up with a 2 day private tour of Cairo and area with a private guide andcar/driver. Perfect and great value! Off to the Cairo Marriott on the banks of the Nile.

In the next day and a half, we visited the National Museum, the great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the open air museum at Memphis (the former capital), the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the Nile and many other sites along the way. Seeing wonders of the world and world history is something you never forget. It was a quick visit but well worthwhile. A visit to Egypt must be done!

“Cocktail Party” stories to share:

At lunch, we are taken to a rustic roadside restaurant on the way to Memphis. Lunch is pita in a basket with some kind of poultry. The poultry is pigeon. I hadn’t had pigeon before (or since) but it was delicious. I take a pita from the basket and discover ants all over the underside. The waitress rushes over, takes another pita from the basket and crashes the two together. Like a pair of cymbals! The ants fall off – all is good! She hands me back the pitas.

Our drive back into Cairo follows a road alongside a canal. We are driving behind a sewage truck with a big leak in very hot 44c weather.Each leak creates instant steam and sewage vapor. The driver decides he must overtake the truck. A taxi is racing at us in the opposite direction. Our little car has no more horsepower and we are heading straight for the taxi. Seated behind the driver, I pull my arm in as our side mirrors hit and oursfalls off. The driver is not fazed – I was but hey – it’s part of the experience.

Egypt was the trip of a lifetime and one that everyone should have in their travel memoirs. And a place where every traveler must visit (at least once)!

Uniglobe Travel Agent Mark Crone

Mark Crone
Uniglobe Graham’s Travel
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