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Travel Blogs from Siwa
... In 1926, there were three consecutive days of rain and wind that destroyed the historic city that had been around for 800 years. It is interesting to note that our hotel was constructed this way too, so I hope it does not rain while we are here!
In Siwa we are 18 metres below sea level and near the water table. So, that is why it is an oasis and they are able to grow many things like dates, olives and palms.
We were able to walk around the site of ...
... aren't as eager to get out and party during winter, but a fun group.
... in asking for a tip every time either of us passed him on the way to the bathroom. Egyptians don't quite understand providing an actual service to deserve a tip, but we explained he would get a tip the next morning. Ironically, why he didn't just ask for more for the room and pocket the difference amazed me.
We checked out the main museum, some Roman catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, a large modern mosque , and an old Islamic castle ...
Apart from traffic check points, we stopped once to check out the frame of a WW2 plane, rotting in the desert sun, and to swim in a spring in an oasis, and once more to let Rowie drive for a while. We passed through a section of the desert covered by a salt lake, flat and vast on either side. Most of the desert toady was flat and vast, except for ...
... and therefore was the rightful pharaoh of Egypt.
Next, we saw the ruins of another temple not too far away, and then went on to see some naturally-occurring fresh-water springs. The first was called "Cleopatra" and the second "Fatnas Island." Fatnas Island was a beautiful island in the Salt Lake, covered with palm trees, and it had a small natural spring on it. We swam there for a while, and our driver/guide "Uthsman" swam with us, challenged us to ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking