Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and have had a good Easter!
I was happy that the sun decided to come out from behind the clouds, it was nice walking around in the sunshine not having to wear a jacket/coat.
Now, today’s post is about Egypt, 8 years ago my sister and I surprised our parents for Christmas with an all-inclusive holiday to Egypt, to say they were shocked would be an understatement. We had to do a lot of research to find them the best holiday package, and I thought a post on Egypt might be helpful for people that are travelling there or are thinking about going on holiday.
Egypt is a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, that dates back to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the King’s tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.
Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 2,000 deities! They had gods for everything, from dangers to chores! Each had different responsibilities and needed to be worshipped so that life could be kept in balance.
Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for Pharaohs (rulers of Ancient Egypt) and their families. To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.
The official name of Egypt is Junhuriyah Misr al-Arabiya, meaning “the Arab Republic of Egypt” in English. The Egyptians also refer to their country as Misr, which can be used as a substitute name for Cairo.
King Tutankhamen (or Tutankhamun) ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at age 19, around 1324 B.C. The walls of the chamber in which Tutankhamun lay were covered in gold, and his coffin was a three-piece sarcophagus of which the outermost was in red quartzite and the innermost was 110 kilograms (240 pounds) of solid gold.
Weather-wise, the best time to travel to Egypt is from October to April, when temperatures are at their most pleasant. However, June and September are good times to travel for out-of-season deals on trips and accommodation—but be prepared for high heat and humidity. If you’re travelling to the Red Sea, coastal breezes make the heat bearable even in summer (July to August).
There’s a good range of accommodation throughout Egypt, with some hotels offering great value, others providing a characterful place to stay and numerous properties providing luxurious comfort. The country is blessed with some wonderful historic hotels, rich in charm and character. Many of these have played host to historical events or visiting dignitaries through the ages. Other properties tend to be international chains that are very comfortable and have more facilities but offer less in the way of character.
Even though Egypt is a beautiful country, my parents told me that while they were walking along the roads, they encountered quite a few people who tried to entice them into their vehicles, so just be cautious.
Hope you have a good week and I shall see you next time.