Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor

Flats in Luxor (Egypt) - Condominium Reviews - TripAdvisor: Mahmoud was our on site contact and really went out of his way to provide expert advice on tours in the area and how to organize our time in Luxor. The car services and tours offered are top quality in a country where standards can be dodgy. None of the information or tours were pushed on us which was a nice departure from the rest of our Egypt experience.

(So proud of Mahmoud, nice to have someone to rely on whilst I was galavanting in the UK)

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Foreign archaeological missions resume excavating Upper Egypt after 13-year ban | Cairo Post

This applies to new missions doing excavation. There are a quite a lot of old ones doing conservation, recording and restoration.

Foreign archaeological missions resume excavating Upper Egypt after 13-year ban | Cairo Post: For 13 years, the excavation permissions were limited only to Egyptian missions to explore treasures in Upper Egypt but due to the “successive requests from foreign Universities and researchers, the council agreed to give the licenses after 13 years of suspension,” Amin told Youm7 without going into further details on number of the foreign missions applied for the permits.

Friday, July 03, 2015

How safe is your holiday? Is Luxor safe?

Do you worry about travel abroad?

You should listen to BBC Radio 4 Your and Yours

They did a phone in on ‘safe holidays’ and I did a prerecorded piece which appears in the first 15 minutes.

They contacted me after I sent this email.
"I have been facing the ‘is it safe’ question for some time now. I run a tourism business in Luxor, Egypt where I live, what with the revolution and various other incidents it is a question that we face all the time.

I think events of this week, France, Tunisia or Kuwait all on the same day, have shown that nowhere is actually safe.. Statistically you are probably more likely to die driving to the airport than on holiday in Egypt.

At the time of the failed Karnak temple incident in Luxor I had 19 outstanding bookings. Two thirds were archaeologists and of course very familiar with the situation here in Luxor so I was not surprised they weren’t worried and did not contact me. However I also did not get any cancellations from the third that were regular tourists. Actually I didn’t even get a single email asking about the situation.

I think this reflects my opening statement. The world is not safe and people just don’t let incidents stop them living their lives.

To go to a country AFTER an incident is probably the safest time.
Enjoy your holiday"