Cruise on the River Nile – Introduction

Hey guys,

during the first week and a half of February, I went to Egypt with my parents. This was a first for me and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very long time. Ever since I was a little kid (and that was a long time ago), I’ve been obsessed with Ancient Egypt. So you can imagine my excitement when my parents told me they were going to Egypt and I could come along.

We decided to do a cruise on the River Nile, since this is the easiest way to see the country, because most (if not all) cities and settlements are located on the banks of this gorgeous river. But we had some extra days to spend, so we decided to spend 2 days in Cairo, which was not part of the cruise but a must-see when going to Egypt.

This blog is going to consist of several posts and it’s going to be a long one, so strap in!

Zaventem Airport to Cairo

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This map was a wall decoration on our ship and I thought it would be a perfect representation of our trip.

So we went to Egypt from Friday the 2nd until Sunday the 11th of February. In the afternoon of the 2nd we boarded our airplane to Cairo and arrived in the evening.

We drove to our hotel, which was an adventure in and of itself. In Egypt, traffic is hell; if you ever plan to go there, please don’t rent a car thinking it’ll be fine, cause it won’t. Instead, make sure you book something through a travel agency which provides transport to everywhere!

Arriving at the hotel, we settled in (after going through a metal detector, which we found quite weird, but believe me, they’re EVERYWHERE). On our first day in Egypt, we didn’t do anything, so we could rest from our flight.

First, a little disclaimer. I will include many names of pharaohs in Egyptian Hieroglyphs. For those who know something about this, the pharaonic names are written in so called cartouches and their spelling isn’t very uniform as in (probably) all languages today, so if you see a cartouche with a weird spelling, don’t shoot me down. ๐Ÿ™‚

When writing about my experiences, I will include some background information, like history and culture. This background information will consist of short extracts from Wikipedia, since this is easier to convey the important parts; other than that I will write some stuff about personal experiences.ย I will of course always provide a link to my sources.

This post will pose as a hub to all my other posts. Below, I will provide links to every page I write about my travels. Just click on the image to go to the page.

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Saqqara
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Memphis
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Giza

ุงู„ุณูŽู‘ู„ูŽุงู…ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ูƒูู…ู’ (As-salamu alaykum or ‘peace be upon you’ in Arabic)
Dieter

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