For our summer holiday this year, Joe and I went to Egypt for a week of relaxation, sunshine, diving / snorkelling and a little sightseeing. We had booked our stay at an all-inclusive resort at the Sharm El-Sheik Coast, the Royal Albatros Moderna. I might have mentioned that I hadn't gone on a proper holiday in ages and our Egyptian getaway really lived up to all of my expectations: it was boiling, I got loads of sunshine, the sea was turquoise and the pool was BIG. Here you'll get an idea of what our holiday was like.
Although the beaches had very grainy sand and were a little uncomfortable to walk on without shoes, Joe and I went for a few walks to enjoy the sea. The many jetties were fun to walk out on and gave us some great views over the Sinai mountains - the sunsets were so beautiful!!
|Egyptian recycling really made me laugh.|
On one of the days we got up very early to fly to Luxor for the sightseeing leg of our trip. Although Luxor doesn't have any pyramids (for those you have to visit Cairo), they have the Valley of the Kings, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon as well as Karnak and Luxor Temples (the first has been set to quite a few movies including Transformers and James Bond). Most of these sights were very impressive although sadly a lot of them are not in great condition, but then I guess they are about 3000-4000 years old.
|Valley of the Kings|
|Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut|
|Colossi of Memnon|
For our second day trip, we booked a diving tour which meant getting up early again to get on a boat taking us out to the Ras Muhammad National Park. We stopped at three different reefs and while half the group (incl. Joe) went diving, the rest of us had fun snorkelling. To be honest, it was my first time ever and due to a bit of a childhood trauma, I am extremely scared of having my head under water. It took me a while to figure out how to breathe under water with my snorkelling gear (first I either couldn't get myself to breathe at all or started hyperventilating), but once I got it, I really enjoyed myself (always staying at very close distance to the swim ring though).
|Fun day on the boat out on the Red Sea.|