Photo Friday: For this week’s WINDOW theme, we take a look outside the Four Seasons Cairo in Garden City, not far from the American embassy.
This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is WINDOWS. This shot of the Nile was taken from my room at the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza. The luxury hotel is in an area of the city known as Garden City [...]
This week’s Photo Friday takes us to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, where you can tour tunnels that expose roads and ruins that date back to King Herod the Great.
This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s Photo Friday subject is Holy Places. While I thought about using some photos from our Easter trip to Rome, I realized that I had never felt religion as such a powerful force as I did in Jerusalem. The photo above [...]
My best of 2011 awards have begun. First up, best hotel: The Mena House, in Giza, Egypt
It’s only few days until Christmas, which means that 2011 is winding down. I’ll be spending the next two weeks going through my best and worst from a year that included stops in four continents, 11 countries and 10 states. All that time on the road, more than 120 days in all, meant plenty of nights [...]
A forced ride with a caleche – and skinny horses – in Edfu, Egypt
You know how some places give you a bad vibe? I felt that way about my Nile River cruise stop in Edfu, where caleche drivers have essentially bullied tour companies into using their services. Located on the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, Edfu is known for the Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved along [...]
My futile search for Bastet, the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, among the ruins.
As a lifelong cat lover, I always had a thing for Bastet, the ancient Egyptian cat goddess depicted in art and sculpture. The Egyptian love of the cat looms large in popular culture; it’s the ultimate sign of approval that cats are more regal than their doggy counterparts. So imagine my surprise when I discovered [...]
The downside to traveling in Egypt right now: Increased attention from aggressive street hawkers and vendors.
Before I went to Egypt, I had read about the country’s overly aggressive street hawkers. What I didn’t realize is that the country’s downturn in tourism since the Revolution would have the causal effect of making the few travelers who ARE visiting Egypt more prone to attention from street vendors and touts. My first encounter [...]
More observations on Egyptian tourism after spending a week cruising the Upper Nile.
Last week, I wrote about what is happening in Egypt tourism since the Revolution in January 2011, focusing on the Cairo area. After spending the past week cruising the Nile from Luxor to Aswan (and back), I have a few more observations that might be useful to people thinking about taking such a trip. The [...]
Thinking about a career break or change that involves travel? Then plan on attending Meet Plan Go! 2011
Looking down the 138 steps inside the Bent Pyramid, I feel a little dizzy. My guide has left me to make the descent into the ancient artifact at Dahshur by myself, and I’m not sure I’m up to the task. A hint of ammonia wafts from the necropolis’ entrance; I’ve been told that the smell [...]
Dispatch from Egypt: What is happening with tourism, post-revolution
I’ve been in Egypt since Sept. 26, hanging out at the Mena House in Giza until I join a Uniworld Splendors of Egypt tour that I’m covering for Cruise Critic. It’s a very posh way to spend a few days, so I’ve been removed from the typical day-to-day life of the Egyptians, many of whom [...]
Heading to the Middle East? 5 tips for making sure your visits are safe.
This post previously appeared on Frommers.com Mark Lammers planned his April trip to the Middle East in December 2010, months before the first government protests in the region took place. He watched nervously as the riots and regime changes of “Arab Spring” enveloped stops on his itinerary. Several travel companions dropped out. “It was becoming [...]