Sunday, September 12, 2010

{a trip with a lifetime of memories}

I’m officially home from Egypt, and I had an amazing time! Still recovering from jet-lag, but that’s to be expected. Not to mention I feel freezing being back home, I went from about 45 degrees Celsius in Aswan to a mere 17 in Vancouver!! We took tons and tons of photos while we were away, and I thought I’d share a few just to give you a glimpse into our trip.

We traveled to five different cities, our first stop was Alexandria {on the Mediterranean Sea}; here was our view from the hotel room:

Here is an ancient Roman Theatre {4th century AD} in the city centre; you can see that the street level was a whole story lower than it is now! I wonder what other ancient structures are buried underneath all those modern apartment buildings?

In Cairo I made a new friend {who I promptly named Mounir, even though I think he already had a name}; and got a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Sphinx.

Round settees were present in almost ever hotel lobby!

Not to mention herringbone floors … the dark stained distressed wide-planks were particularly dreamy:

We saw the poorest of the poor living alongside the richest of the rich, what a contrast.

On the right, a place called ‘Garbage City’ where the poor live and sort metal, glass, etc from the garbage to sell; on the left, King Farouk’s summer home {1936-1952} in Alexandria.

I was enamored with the Hieroglyphic relief techniques in the Pharaoh’s temples, so impressive!

And the amount of color that remains on walls that were painted almost 5000 years ago, I couldn’t even believe it. Can you imagine how fabulous these walls looked in their glory days??

We visited several cathedrals, as well as a church carved into a cave, hidden away from any possible persecution:

Our hotel in Luxor had an amazing view of the Nile River:

The Red Sea in Sharm El Sheik was incredible, the water was crystal clear and the colorful fish were abundant. I highly recommend this spot to any snorkeling/diving fans out there!

Thanks for taking a peak at my trip, I loved every place we visited and I would travel back to Egypt in a heartbeat! I’d love to hear about your recent trips…any places you would recommend to others??

PS. Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Domino, The Book of Decorating here!


Lisa said...

Wow looks like you have a fabulous trip! I'm sure it'll keep you full of inspiration for awhile!

Wallpaper said...

Wow!! I have always wanted to go to Egypt and you just gave me reason to book a flight!! Your trip looks amazing!! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time :)

The Glam Lamb said...

Your trip looks like it was unreal! Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

DesignTies said...

Fabulous pictures, Nancy -- looks like you had a great time!! And some great views too!! Love the shot of you "kissing" the Sphinx :-)

Thanks for the mini-tour of Egypt -- and welcome back!!


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow. I've never been to Egypt, but it looks like an amazing place to visit. Loved your photos!

David Toms said...

Looks amazing! Cannot wait for more photos! Egypt is definitely somewhere I want to return to!

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had an amazing time. I can't believe how clear the waters look!

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

Amazing! I hope I can make it to egypt one day. We went to Italy on our honeymoon and I can highly recommend take a bicycle tour of Tuscany, it was our favorite part of the trip!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Welcome back - we missed you!

All I can say is WOW - what a spectacular vacation! You look so stylish riding the camel in the desert and you must have been in awe amongst all of that history.

jvw home said...

Looks divine...I would love to go there one day.....thx for sharing!

Kathysue said...

Nancy, I am so excited to see your picts, I can't believe I will be there on my trip. We have 2 days in Alexandria One day we are going to the pyramids but we have a free day so if you have any suggestions on what we should go see I would love to hear what you have to say. It is so wonderful to see it in picts, you are making me soooooo excited. I am saving this post to show Hubby!!! Glad you had such a wonderful time and came home safe and sound. Kathysue

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

I'm so envious of your trip Nancy! Egypt looks like such a beautiful country.

PS. I'm so sad I can't enter your Domino Book of Decorating giveaway =..(

Sarah Klassen said...

How amazing! Wow... I am speechless... I would love to go one day after seeing all of your photos. Such beautiful history to appreciate.

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, and bring back such fond, memorable moments. That church in a cave is unreal!

I can only imagine it would be hard to adjust to coming home -- Vancouver is suddenly so cool...


christine, just bella said...

Wow. Your photos are absolutely amazing. I'd love to go to Egypt one day and your photos are bumping it up there on my list!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, so nice to "meet" you. I love finding other Canadian bloggers too and am looking forward to reading more of your lovely blog!

Have a great weekend!
:) Christine

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