Egypt: Getting There

hurghada

The picture above is a screen shot from Google Maps.

Red marker marks my destination: Hurghada.

In 1995 I had one of the best holidays of my life when I went on a Nile Cruise with the mother of a school friend of my daughter. We did not know each other very well but we were both single and we agreed that if we did not get on, neither of us would have lost a friend, but if we did get on, then we would both have made a friend. We got on really well and had a wonderful time. We did the tourist tours of temples and tombs and drifted down the Nile each night, watching the life of the river banks slip slowly by whilst sipping cocktails til dusk – it was bliss.

I hope you won’t be disappointed to hear that there will be no tourist tour pictures from this trip. No pyramids or temple paintings. I stayed with friends who run a business in Hurghada, and I was happy to fit in with their daily life and chillax.

Even so there were preparations to be made:

Top priority, crochet (in this post) and sketch booksย in this post.

Then toe nails – ha! I don’t usually bother with nail varnish but I had visions of lying on a sunbed on the beach gazing past my smooth legs and pedicured feet to a serene turquoise sea – turquoise is a great colour to show off a tan – so I treated myself

crochet whilst the nails dry

at Pure, in Dorchester.

How wonderful it is to be pampered sometimes – sitting there waiting for the varnish to dry, dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and making a mandala, was one kind of heaven for me.

And now for some new sandals to go on those newly spruced-up feet. Of course I had to make them mine

 

and add a bit of colour (with Sharpie pens)

 

I might add more later, but for now, they were just rightsharpietime

Our plane from Gatwick was delayed for about an hour, which gave me some crochet and ‘people-watching’ timecrochet with scraps

I took this picture as a ‘before’ to see how much mindless crochet I would do in a week. Just rows of US dcs (UK tr): I can do this whilst chatting, watching TV and even walking along. I’m using a 5.5mm hook and scraps of yarn of all thicknesses tied together with a reef knot. I will leave the knots and ends on show as a design feature. The crochet hook passed through security no problem – both ways.

As we flew over icy mountainsmountains from the plane

I was happy listening to Pick of the Week,ย and a Play on my iPad and doodling

doodles on a plane

until we were coming into land over the desert

from the plane

and then a short drive to the villa where my friends live when they are in Hurghada

villa in Egypt

As you can see, not quite the clear blue skies we were all expecting

beach

There would be no lounging about on a sunbed here!Egypt

Or swimming in that icy pool

But the villa was lovely and there was a peaceful view from the sheltered veranda

garden

Where one could watch the many feline residents/visitors come and gocat

but more of them another time ……

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23 responses to “Egypt: Getting There

  1. Sorry to hear about the weather. Hope it picked up. Interesting and fun to see all your photographs. Your early comments reminded me of my cruise down the Nile.

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  2. It is beautiful there, i look forward to the next post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. This was a great first installment. Being with a family is the best way to get to know a country.๐Ÿ˜„

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  4. Great photos, a holiday is a holiday whatever the weather and Hurghada looks beautiful. Lucky you!

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  5. Delighted to read your first batch of details from your trip, and photos! Hope we learn more about your friends and the locale in future postings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. It still looks like an awesome holiday even without the sunshine:)

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  7. The first holiday sounds like a lot of fun – and this one has you as a colourful start in all the right colours, hopefully the weather will catch up.

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  8. I like the way you have colour coordinated your toenails with your crochet. Or was it the other way round?

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  9. Those sandals look super comfy , ideal for walking but I struggle to see the make. Nice nails!

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  10. Those blue toenails are fabulous! Hope you got to wear the sandals, even if lying on the beach wasn’t in the cards. Look forward to reading more about your trip.

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