Friday, 29 May 2009

The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo

Istanbul to Cairo, I made it and what a journey!!! I travelled about 3035 miles/4885 kilometres calculating the distance from each town I slept in as the crow flies. The last stop on the itinerary was a pitstop in Cairo to marvel at the Pyramids.
Boat, plane, car, train, bus, mule, bicycle, camel, motorbike, foot, and of course horseback is another fine way to get around!Camel rider reads the newspaper in the quiet of the desert
Another camel rider stops to take in the view
Tourist police stop to quiz my unlicensed guide

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Luxor

Me and some more tombs!
Tomato stall
Men at the market
Sailing on the Nile
Feluccas cruise the Nile at dusk
Down at the garlic shop
Admiring the handiwork of the ancient Egyptians
Examples of hieroglyphics
Tablet carvings
More impressive temples
The Valley of the Kings
The temples of Luxor
Coffee seller
Jo and I ride a Cal├Ęche Making friends wherever we go!
Watermelons for sale
A women carries her wares home past the spice and sheesha stall

Chilling on the banks of the Nile

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Sinai, Egypt

Enjoying a little luxury after roughing it for so long
The view of Saint Katherine's monastery taken while descending the 3750 steps of repentance
The sunrise from Mount Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. I was joined by 300 Brazilian pilgrims chanting hymns as they climbed.Playing croquet with fizz
A nice break from backpacking
The Red Sea as seen from Sharm el Sheikh
The Red Sea as seen from Nuweiba
Cooling off in the sprinklers!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Deep in the Desert of Wadi Araba

Camping out in the open desert, no life for miles and miles...
Not only did our jeep get stuck in the sand, but the battery ran out. It took us hours to wait for assistance and as soon as our friends were out of sight after helping did the car break down again! A long hot day it was, and because we didn't take a tent we were forced to seek refuge in the shade beneath the jeep.

Petra

I went to Petra for a couple of days and spent over a week there. The place is truly hypnotic and was without a doubt the highlight of my Middle Eastern tour. I spent some time in the town prior to making many Bedouin friends who showed me their Nomadic way of life living between the mountains and the desert. I have not known hospitality or peace like it before and had I not a rendez-vous in Egypt to keep with my friend Jo, I could have stayed a very, very long time. In Petra you can travel by camel, bicycle, jeep, horse and cart, donkey, but I preferred to go by mule for their climbing skills. Bedouin children of one of the families who welcomed me into their home for several days.
Climbing the high places with my Bedouin friends

The two Achmads, my best Bedouin friends. We would camp under the stars by moon and firelight deep in the mountains behind the Monastery.
The High Place of Sacrifice
The royal tombs change colour with the sunlight
My favourite high place and a lovely spot for breakfast, I liked to climb here soon after sunrise to avoid the crowds and watch everyone arriving.
Sunset from the town of Wadi Musa, Petra in the background, taken on my last night in civilisation before leaving to sleep wild in my million star hotel in the mountains.


Ibrahim, another of my good friends, the fastest mule rider in town. The amphitheatre from above
Wandering through the Siq
A rest from the mule ride in a colourful cave
The customary tea break with Achmad and Fadi
Of course, a good cuppa wouldn't be right without an accompaniment of bread cooked in sand
First glimpse of the Treasury from the Siq
Me looking proud to be the first to arrive at the site, very early in the morning.
Rock with layers and layers of different colours