Our aircraft departed Munich at 6.00am for the 1 hour flight to Frankfurt, where we would catch the Cairo bound aircraft from. The 4 hour journey to Cairo was something we had prepared for a long time. It was Jeaenette's dream for as long as she can remember to visit Egypt, to see the pyramids - one of the Seven Wonders of the Anient World -, the sphinx and the tomb of King Tutankharmun. Researching and planning the trip took approximately 2 months together with a local guide in Egypt.

In getting to Cairo, the Lufthansa Airbus A340 left German airspace, into Austria, Slovenia, along the western coastline of former Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and finally Egypt, overpassing Alexandria on the Mediterranean before reaching Cairo, 200km inland.

We learnt a lot about the history of ancient civilisations - it's not often we come face to face with more than 5,000 years of history - during our 5 day trip to Egypt plus we mustn't forget to mention that we experienced a lot too; about the power of sandstorms, why egyptian clothes look uncomfortably hot on television, how to read hieroglyphics and how WE became the tourist attraction. We had a wonderful time!

Our trip commenced at the Egyptian capital Cairo, moments after we touched down in the early afternoon, then continued to the beachside city of Alexandria the following day. We finally came up against the largest pyramid in the world when we returned to Cairo on the 3rd day. The following day's tour commenced in Luxor on the East side of the Nile River, the 2nd longest river in the world and on our final day, we visited the West side of Luxor.

No trip would be complete without the visit to light industries, as this suppliments the income of the tourguides and we were fascinated by the Gods and Pharoh's of Ancient Egypt.

The links on the right column will bring you to the pages where our story of this trip is told.

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Cairo


Alexandria


Luxor


Light Industry


Gods and Pharohs

Our trip is by no means a complete account of what can be seen in Egypt - Far for it! It is only a glimpse. Of the 130+ pyramids, we only visited 3 major pyramids and 7 subsidiary ones.

Safety, heatlh and hygeine by European standards is an issue and that corruption is commonplace. Having said this, there were a large number of tourists from all over the world - most notably from the US, Germany, Greece, Italy and Japan. We were one of the very few that we travelling alone, accompanied only by the tourguide and driver. During our tour, we can't help but notice a large number of "authorised" people bearing sidearms, automatic and semi-automatic weapons. One even had a second magazine taped to the loaded magazine of his automatic weapon.

Now, we must have one of them "We survived Egypt" t-shirts!

Jeanette and Raymond Han,
10th April 2008