Saturday, November 30, 2013


In thanks for the support and friendship the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shown to Egypt, the square near to the Karnak Road and the General Hospital has been renamed in honour of His Majesty, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. These photographs are from the Inauguration celebrations at the square and afterwards at Luxor Temple for a music concert by a local orchestra. We hope that the photos sum up the lovely, happy, friendly atmosphere of a wonderful Friday evening.


Thanks to Theresa Clark for these great photos.

Thutmosis III Temple Project - 2013 Campaign

Good update from the Spanish team with lots of photos.
Thutmosis III Temple Project - 2013 Campaign

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chosing a hotel in Alexandra

A good friend lives in Alex and was asked for recommendations for hotels. Her post was so useful I asked her permission to quote it.

Regarding hotels. The three big ones in the centre are the three old ones. The Sofitel Cecil, and then the Windsor palace and The Metropole all  are on the corniche with sea views.
Everything else in that area is a distinct 3* max and its a case of take your chances.

All other hotels are then spread out along the length of the corniche. In order of distance from centre: the Royal Tulip hotel, Mediterranean Azur, the Plaza (lower 4* similar to Emilio but expensive prices), Four Seasons, Mercure, Hilton corniche and then right at the end of Alex which is an hours drive from the centre is a cluster of Sheraton, Aifu horizon, and Helnan Palestine.

The three in the centre have no beach or pool.
Of the others all have either a beach access or pool except for the mercure and the plaza.

Any of the other hotels would take between 25 mins and an hour to get to the city centre depending on how far out.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Upper Egypt-bound train traffic resumes | Egypt Independent

Upper Egypt-bound train traffic resumes | Egypt Independent: Train traffic resumed on Saturday between Cairo and Upper Egypt for the first time since 14 August, which was suspended following dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares.