Ghaliet Ecolodge & Spa
Travel Blogs from Siwa
... back around 5:00 and it was another great adventure. We went up and down lots of dunes, saw a fish fossil, Bill and I both got to drive, and then we stopped to watch the sunset. The sun did not make it to he horizon before it disappeared into the blowing sand.
The sand safari was spectacular and we would highly recommend that you add this to your bucket list!
We both had to shower before dinner to get some of the sand off. My skin felt nice and smooth ...
... when I am feeling a bit better.
We are now relaxing and enjoying a lovely breeze on the rooftop of the hotel after being serenaded with sufi music from the rooftop of homes. We are enjoying the sounds of traffic, horns, donkey braying, people talking,... I think we are going to enjoy our stay here very much!
I read and about an interesting word today - Backsheesh. It means something between a tip and a bribe. I like it! That is my new word for the ...
... to get wild at night with their husbands.
Now my original/tentative plan was to find other tourists to share the expensive off-road jeep ride to Bahayria Oasis along the half built road connecting the two, which is the jumping off point to the White Desert. Unfortunately in part, Siwa had roughly a dozen tourists right now, likely all we'd already met, and none with similar plans. Frances has actually been studying Middle Eastern studies ...
... Valley of the Kings where the nobles were buried in about the 5th Century BC. We noticed that the drawings on the walls of the tombs, while pretty much of the same things we'd seen in the other tombs, were drawn much more finely, like with thinner brushes, and there was no bas relief carving. Only two small tombs, anyway, that were worth entering, but there seemed to be dozens and dozens that were not.
From there we went to the ...
... trees. This was about as oasis-y as we were able to manage. Footnote - riding a bike on Egyptian "roads" - NOT good for your butt :) Afternoon was spent relaxing at a cafe and people watching - I have found my new favorite drink - Hiniscus Tea - or Karkadee... We also completed the list of all possible transport methods on this trip - bus, train, plane, bicycle (boring) and DONKEY!! We took a donkey cart ride around the ...
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