Observations – Gas Prices and Tipping

Just a quick word about gas prices.  Gas here in Greece is about 1.59 Euros per liter.  Let’s calculate that in dollars per gallon: 1.59 Euros per liter x 1.3 = $2.07 per liter x 3.785 liters/gal = $7.83 per gallon. So Americans should stop complaining about $4.00 per gallon (around October 2012)!! —– And […]
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History of Egypt

A Very Brief History of Egypt by JB The history of Egypt spans thousands of years.  It is not reasonable to describe Egyptian history in one page, however I include this summary here to put into perspective how long sophisticated civilization has existed prior to the meager 200 years of the United States. The period of […]
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Egypt and Greece – Let’s Get Started

Egypt and Greece Travel Blog First, a few notes about this Tour Egypt and Greece blog.  Our blogs tell our story from our point of view, so you can see what it is like for us to travel the places we go.  We give our impressions of places we visit, and tell you fun stuff […]
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History of Egypt, a Brief Summary by JB

History of Egypt The history of Egypt spans thousands of years.  It is not reasonable to describe Egyptian history in one page, however I include this summary here to put into perspective how long sophisticated civilization has existed prior to the meager 200 years of the United States. The period of history that is of interest […]
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About US

Friday, December 17, 2010 December, 2010, Carol and JB are visiting Egypt and Greece!  The company we work more or less shut down during the second half of December, and so a few months ago we started looking for a trip to take during this period.  We had two weeks of Marriott hotel certificates left […]
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Tour Egypt, Cairo Arrival, First Dinner

Saturday, December 18, 2010 You already know we left San Diego at 6:30 am on Friday, barely making the flight.  For Carol, the idea is to watch as many movies as possible on flights, and we managed to put away Inception at $6 each, which is a definite “Two Thumbs Up.”  I opted out of […]
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Day off – Surprise for Jane’s Birthday

Al Azhar Park in Cairo – A Dinner Surprise Sunday, December 19, 2010 We had planned that after a travel day on Saturday, we would have a day off on Sunday. So we started the day by sleeping in.  The key focus of this day was to be surprising Jane and Sally. Their plane from Luxor […]
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Pyramids at Giza and more

Monday, December 20, 2010 We started today meeting our guide Marwa and headed off for the Giza pyramids. Giza is a part of Cairo – like a suburb next door. (Side note: If you want to see any of these pictures better, just click to enlarge.) This was our first real experience with the amazing […]
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Observations – Gas Prices and Tipping

Egypt Gas Prices and Tipping in Egypt Just a quick word about gas prices.  Gas here in Greece is about 1.59 Euros per liter.  Let’s calculate that in dollars per gallon: 1.59 Euros per liter x 1.3 = $2.07 per liter x 3.785 liters/gal = $7.83 per gallon. So Americans should stop complaining about $3.00 […]
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Cairo Museum, Citadel and Churches

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Breakfast:  we have not mentioned this so far.  There are really maybe only 3 ways for us to have breakfast.  (1) Go outside and probably pay a couple-three dollars for some coffee and roll, (2) eat some fruit and leftovers with room coffee, probably the  best choice, or (3) the lazy hurry-up […]
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Luxor Flight and East Bank Temples

Karnak, Luxor, and a quick day at the Temples Wednesday, December 22, 2010 We are sort of tired of Cairo (just kidding), so it is time to fly somewhere else.  How about Luxor?  At 6 in the morning, the trip to the airport is about 20 minutes – basically following the yellow line down the […]
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Valleys of Kings and Queens

Luxor Area and the Tombs of the Egyptian Kings and Queens Thursday, December 23, 2010 In the morning we take the “included” Luxor Hilton buffet breakfast.  No kidding around in this hotel.  Definitely 5-star. On the road at 7:30, we are headed to the Valley of the Kings.  If you remember that the Luxor area was […]
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Alexandria – Oops! Lunch & shopping

The Drive to Alexandria Goes Awry Friday, December 24, 2010 Early blast off today, to beat the traffic and make it all the way to Alexandria.  Marwa and Malak met us at 6:30 and we were off to the north, back through Giza.  This time there was absolutely no traffic at all.  We could cruise […]
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Christmas Day, Fly to Athens

Saturday, December 25, 2010 We’re up early for a quick trip to the airport and our flight to Athens. Pretty uneventful. At the Athens airport, we’re met by our driver, Nicholas, who grabs our luggage and ushers us out to our chariot for the week – a Mercedes-Benz taxi. Not as roomy as the van […]
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Day Off? No – Cruise 3 Islands!

Cruise Greek Islands Sunday, December 26, 2010 Remember that this is Boxing Day, a national holiday (the day Father Christmas comes and brings the presents in the Greek Orthodox world) and most everything is closed. It was supposed to be a “day at leisure” but we had an opportunity to take a one day cruise […]
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Athens, Acropolis & the Parthenon

Athens’ Major Sites on the Acropolis Monday, December 27 Whereas we were touring Egypt in a 10-seat van, in Athens, Greece, it’s a Mercedes sedan.  Oh bummer.  Out at 10:00 am, which is a lot nicer than 6:00 or 7:30.  We were greeted by our Greek guide, Matthew. We all know what “Athens” is, and most […]
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The Oracle at Delphi

Walk Old Greece at the Oracle of Delphi Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Today we visit the Oracle at Delphi – to ask our questions and learn the future. I was fascinated with the whole oracle concept when I learned about it in school – and now we get to actually go there! What fun! We’re […]
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Epidaurus, Mycenae

Visiting the Ancient Archeological Sites Pidaurus and Mycenae Wednesday, December 29 Carol here: Today we head west to the Peloponnese on our way to Mycenae, another ancient capital of Greece. We pass over the Corinth Canal – a VERY thin gorge dug so boats don’t have to go around the land mass. Then it’s on […]
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Cape Sounion, Acropolis Museum

Thursday, December 30, 2010 Thursday starts at 8:30 with a trip to Cape Sounion, the southernmost point of the mainland part of Greece named Attica, and about a 70 minute drive from our hotel.  It probably usually takes longer but 75-year-old Nicholas thinks nothing of driving 120 kph (75 mph) on windy coastal roads, weaving […]
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