Mercure Ismailia Forsan Island
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... etc everywhere - on the left - again thousands of miles of just plain old sand dunes......still Egypt, but the Sinai deser, where my father fought in WW2 against Rommell in the allied forces to protect this very lifeline through the Middle East, then know as Palestine, makes you appreciate things in a deeper perspective to see the very place!
Suddenly - from nowhere - we pass under a HUGE bridge from east to west.........WOW!
Having spent 5 days at sea we have reached the Suez Canal which although not ashore it is good to be passing land at close proximity. For three days we had the threat of pirates and I don't suppose we take it seriously when nothing seems to happen, as far as we were aware there were frigates within range, spotter planes flying around and apparently some marines on board which we never saw unless they were ...
We supposedly entered the Suez Canal at 3 AM on Nov 20; we were not there to witness it! It is an all day affair to transit this man-made shipping canal that was HAND DUG in 1859-1869. A bit of information about the canal. It is 120 miles long. It is often called the "highway to India" as it reduces the journey from London to Mumbai from 12,300 miles (around Africa) to 7200 miles via the canal. It has belonged to Egypt since 1956. The fastest passage takes about 14.5 hours. An ...
The day before we were told that we would pass through the Suez Canal during the night and that we wouldn't be able to see anything. It was really disappointing as the whole of Egypt was cancelled for us earlier in the week.
They had to change the schedule 2 times. First, Princess Cruises had to cancel the stops in Egypt because of all the fighting. Embassies were being closed. They rescheduled us to stop in ...
... several domes on it by the Olympic Park that was unfinished. It seems it was being built on land that is owned by the Army so they are in court trying to get permission to continue building this building. By the time they get an okay, the building could be in dire need of repair.
A little history on the Canal: First opened in 1869 after a decade of construction. ...