Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Egyptian cotton bedlinen at Flats in Luxor

We had been putting it off but eventual money or no money we had to get some new sheets. We went to the government shop where everything is fixed price and the best quality. It is still not the best best quality as that is made abroad, from cotton exported from Egypt but it is the best you can get in the country.

We asked for double and single sheets and I had the dimensions 220 x 260 and 180 x 260 but interestingly enough they only sold 220 x 240 and 180 x 240. Which explains why the sheets never tuck in properly top and bottom. But at least they are wide enough.

We also got some tea towels. I then was flummoxed, why on earth do we call them tea towels. Why not dish towels? Well Christine, my friend from Facebook knew the answer ( tea towels originated in the early 19th century in well to do Victorian homes and were only used at tea time to dry or clean the good china, they were also used to cover food). Mahmoud was a bit bemused by that one. The whole lot cost 1800LE for 12 double 12 single 28 pillow cases 18 tea towels and 4 towels.

Monday, April 07, 2014

For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor

For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane! - Review of Flats in Luxor, Luxor, Egypt - TripAdvisor:

“For a great time in Luxor, Call Jane!”

5 of 5 stars

Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed our visit to Luxor in late March 2014. I was very glad to have
found Jane on trip advisor after some recommendations fell through last
minute. She responded very promptly and professionally and it was nice
to not have a language barrier, all within 24 hours. The PDF she sent of
proposed outings was very professional and just what I was looking for.

used her for two days of guided tours. A driver and guide we made
available to us and we had a very nice lunch at Jane’s home on the first

We did have to pay in full mid-day through the first day, in
cash, but I felt comfortable doing so, and everything that was promised
to us came through with no issue. We had a little issue with the driver
on our first day, but Jane remedied this quickly, when we addressed it
with her and her husband, no problem. While my co-traveler felt we
overpaid, per some of the other comments, I would say as a very frequent
traveler in the third/developing world, you get what you pay for and I
was very pleased with this experience. I don’t mind paying more for a
very professional guide who knows a lot of the history of Egypt, and a
well appointed car.

One of the highlights of our trip was the
private felucca ride we took. Jane arranged to have the boat pick us up
from the Sheraton’s dock and we enjoyed a glorious ride at sunset, this
is a must do! We thought the food on the Nile River cruise that night
was some of the best we had on our trip to Egypt. Would highly recommend
Jane and her tour service. We did not stay in the flats, but they
looked nice.