Crete25th March. Flew BA to Athens then Olympic to Heraklion, Crete.
|Hired a car and drove from Heraklion east to the Venetian port at Rethymnon.|
|Drove south to Plakias and west to Malia, where we saw some windmills.|
|Then across the Lasithi plateau to Agios Nikolaos....|
|... with its nice harbour and
|Visited Gournia Minoan ruins and
the famous Minoan ruins at Knossos. This is the throne room at
Egypt30th March. Flew Olympic via Athens to Cairo. Stayed at the Grand Hotel, 26th July Street.
31st March. Cairo.
|Visited the Egyptian museum.....|
Went to the market in the evening and had Shawarmas.1st April. Visited Islamic Cairo; Khan el Khalili bazaar, Bab el Futuh, Bab el Nasr and Ezbekiya Garden.
|Bab el Futuh, Islamic Cairo.
|Bab el Futuh.
|Piles of garlic inside Bab el
Had tea at Groppi's on Talaat Harb square, once the most famous café, tearoom and patisserie in Egypt.
|Had dinner in the Cairo tower (£12 each plus drinks at £6).|
Got a horse and carriage back to the Grand Hotel for £3 - Jamie drove!2nd April.
|Visited Ibn Tulun mosque ....
|... Rifai mosque ...
Met Mohammed Kamal who invited us back for tea to his flat in Gizeh!
|Saw the son et lumiere at the Pyramids (£E4).|
Visited Mina House hotel and got the bus back to Cairo.3rd April. Visited the Hilton hotel and got a taxi to Old Cairo, the Coptic Christian area.
|Amr Ibn Al Aas mosque in Fustat.|
|Went to the Hilton hotel again and went for a Felucca ride on the Nile.|
|Visited Cairo tower to see the
... and got a horse and carriage to the station to get the overnight train to Aswan.5th April. Aswan. Had tea and a swim at the Old Cataract hotel. Went on a tour to the unfinished obelisk, the Philae temple and the Old dam (but the new dam was closed). Had dinner at a riverside restaurant.
|Flew to Abu Simbel to see the temples, and back on Egypt Air.|
|Went for a Felucca ride on the Nile.|
|Got the train to Luxor where we had chicken at the 'Salt and Bread' café by the station.|
|Visited the Valley of the Kings and some tombs - Tutenkhamun, Ramses VI, Horemheb and the 'safe tomb'.|
|Visited the Winter Palace hotel,
Luxor temple ...
|... and the souks.|
|Visited Karnak temple.|
|Sunbathed and swam at the Winter Palace hotel.|
Got the overnight train back to Cairo.9th April. Got the train to Alexandria.
|View from the train on the way
|Stayed at Hotel New Capri, 23
Port Street, with a view of the square below.
Had lunch at a pizzeria. Got a tram and a walk to Fort Kait Bey. Had a carriage ride to the Amphitheatre.10th April.
|Visited Fort Kait Bey.|
11th to 13th April. Visited the Montazza palace. Had sunbathes on the beach and went for tram rides. Had a game of Tavola (backgammon) with people in a café. Had dinner at an Egyptian restaurant near the hotel.14th April. Got the train back to Cairo. Had a Chinese meal.
14th - 18th April. Stayed at the Grand Hotel again.
Visited Fort Schulkowski, the Babs (Islamic city gates) ....
|... and the Tombs of the Khalifs.|
|Inside one of the tombs of the Khalifs, Cairo.|
|Found the Bookbinder's house (Beit Gamal-ad-Din at 6 Hosh Kadam off Sharia Liddin Illah), from directions in a hundred-year old Baedekker guidebook!|
|Visited Memphis and Sakkara for
more pyramids and Ramses statues ......
|Ramses II at Memphis.|
|Lord Ti jouneys through the papyrus thickets, Tomb of Ti, Sakkara, 2500BC.|
|A timeless scene near Sakkara.
Corfu19th April. Flew to Athens on Egypt Air and on to Corfu on Olympic.
|Sat 21st April. Saw
the Easter pot-breaking
festival in Kerkyra, where people smash pots by throwing them out of
|... and looked around Kerkyra
|Went to Nissaki at the north end of the island and had a meal opposite Albania.|
|And back to Vlahema Monastery at Kanoni near the airport.|
24th April. Flew back to Athens on Olympic and on
to London on BA.
|Shady Motors on the Nile
Corniche in Cairo - would you buy a used car from them?!
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