After a light breakfast, we boarded a bus that took us to the Luxor International Airport in preparation for our flight back to Cairo. Luxor has a very modern airport, and I was very impressed with the facilities and the security. Once on the plane, our flight to Cairo took a mere one hour, just enough time for a quick little snooze.
As much as I wanted to go out and explore Cairo, Anita was a little apprehensive about walking around the city
. She was tired, plus it was kind of chilly outside. And with another week ahead of us, she didn't want to risk either of us catching a cold. So we just linked into the Internet at the hotel business center and then met a few of the folks who were on the cruise with us for a drink before turning in early. It was good to have a final farewell to all of the people we had come to know for the week we spent in southern Egypt. They were all nice folks. Mostly older than us. Many said it was a pleasure for them to see such a young couple traveling and enjoying this type of trip.
Some of them were headed back to the states. Others will be traveling with us to Jordan. So we are now enjoying the sights and sounds of Cairo, overlooking the Nile once again. What a beautiful sight. A perfect way to end a lovely stay at the beautiful Cairo Marriott.
December 23, 2005: On our last day on the Nile River I thought it would be a good idea to send message in a bottle. I've wanted to do that ever since I saw that movie with Kevin Costner. So I wrote a little note and sealed it inside an empty wine bottle and, with Anita by my side, I threw it overboard the M/S River Anuket to float northward (as you might know, the Nile is the only river that flows south to north). I'm hoping an English speaking Egyptian will fish it out of the water and email me.