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... there was also another car in the convoy. We basically ended up in a convoy, and this carried on for about 3 hours, or 200km, there was no communication and every time we asked questions, all we got was "Welcome to Egypt". English not a strong point, and our Arabic non existent! We had no idea how long this might last. Eventually it got dark, and the police allowed the other car to go (because they had an Egyptian ...
... destroyed by the British moved a few years ago. It would have been nice to see it.
Our last stop was the Greco-Roman catacombs. Driving from the main road next to the beach to the catacombs was like navigating a crazy maze. Or a better analogy would be a drunken rat in a maze. We had no idea what direction we were going. The catacombs were tucked into a poor-looking residential area. In fact, we could not drive ...
... be back in Cairo for our 4am flight to Rome. The rest were going to stay through Monday.) The town was too dead, and the weather was just not quite warm enough to hang out on the beaches all day. We went into town for breakfast (fuul and falafel again - still good!) and tea. Got some beer for the drive home then headed back to Cairo. By the time we got to Cairo I was fading again. We ...
The drive out to Mersa Matruh (Marsa Matrouh on the signs?) took about 8 hours. It was dark when we arrived, so we could not see anything but the streets and buildings. This looked to be a sleepier, cleaner town. We checked in to a hotel (dragging our luggage up 4 flights of uneven stairs) to a very simple and stark two bedroom apartment. The balcony was awesome, but the place was pretty depressing and ...
... look like it will be completed any time soon. We have been told that this is because tax is less on uncompleted houses so I guess it makes sense in a crazy kinda way! Anyway, back to the point. We were ushered into the monastery where we were immediately struck by the beauty and tranquillity of the place. The architecture was simple and elegant with lots of domes and towers. Shorty after arrival, our guide turned up to show us around. He looked crazy ...
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