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... We still couldn't get enough money out though, as the ATMs have a daily limit they let you get, so we got what we could then went to the supermarket for some water and snacks. We found a new pair of headphones for Darren too, as his new ones had stopped working, then we walked back to the hotel. We hung out and had a beer at a table with Steve, Sophie, Ramzy, George and Hani who was there, and I spent a bit of time getting some photos from Sophie's phone and Nikki's SD card, ...
... was our guide/salesperson at the shop. She demonstrated how to make papyrus and how to identify fake papyrus. We did not purchase an ancient papyrus, but we did get a hand painted papyrus with King Tut and his wife. I am sure it will look great in our house! We also had our names done in hieroglyphics for the scrapbook.
We went to a large outdoor restaurant that was surrounded by beautiful gardens. We were there only people there when we showed up. Omar ...
... also turn out to be one of the nicest traveling companions we have ever had. Zac tells us our group will consist of nine people. A&K normally has 24 people in a group such as ours but not this trip.
The three of us are met by a full complement of A&K personnel: a Tour Director; a bus driver; and, an armed guard (supplied by the Egyptian Government). Our guard wears a suit and tries – unsuccessfully - to hide his bulky automatic ...
... the stairs that Jesus had walked up and down. WOW!!!
The Ben Ezra synagogue was equally awesome. It was similar in many respects to the Coptic church but without the images of Jesus everywhere. The altar was also in a different spot and was sloped away from the centre (to let the blood drain away during sacrifices).
On return from our tour it was time to eat, rest and prepare ourselves for our day in Alexandria ...