Monday, time to leave the Ruby
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
18Trip End Dec 03, 2007
Last lunch on the boat, time to say goodbye to the staff and crew we have made friends with, the cabin steward was a real gem and his hanging monkey will make me laugh for many a long year, just a pity the camera was filched, I would have posted a lot more photos
arrival at Pyramisis Isis, well first impressions are important, the foyer certainly looks five star, the reception staff appear to be a little aloof, maybe that is just me though.
The room itself, definitely only 3 stars, no safe deposit box in the room, (it's in reception), the bed appears to be a little on the hard side, I'll let you know if I sleep alright. Furniture is aged, plumbing, well suffice to say that it works, although there are a few leaky seams somewhere, no ceiling light, balcony has wire mesh chairs with no padding, that'll be a treat to sit on. Cup of coffee cost 10le, thats a bit steep considering we are in Egypt, it costs the same back home. That just about describes the hotel for now, maybe we are spoiled, last time we stayed at the Iberotel, now that was a 5 star.
True to his word Ahmed came to pick us up, took us to the Luxor museum, I tell no lie, that is one place, that if you have the time, go and visit, it is so well laid out, exhibits are clearly marked, didn't seem to be any rush at all, the exhibits are phenomenal nowhere in the world (outside Cairo) will you see such 3000+ year old statues in such an excellent state of preservation. please, make this a must do on your list.
Ahmed, took us back to the hotel, on the way he talked us out of going to the restaurant we were thinking of going to, he said he knew a better one, acceding to his request we agreed
On the way back to the hotel, we struck up a deal with Ahmed, he would carry us about, anywhere anytime for a fixed fee. The good point in this is, 1, other caleche drivers will leave you alone, once you tell them who you have a contract with, 2, We can avoid most of the street Sellers and vendors. 3. Ahmed can take us to all the out of the way spots, the ones tourists rarely venture..
At the end of this blog I will put up a list of all the restaurants we have visited, how we rated them, if anyone wants to hire Ahmed, well I will only be too happy to recommend him. Just tell him straight. ``NO BLOODY SHOPS´´