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Postcard From Stupendous Cairo Egypt

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we are in the Kingdom of Ramses, all 11 of them! What a fabulous country Egypt is turning out to be. Another place I was sure I would like, and l am proving myself right. I am somewhat surprised that Federico likes it too (he is already plotting a return!). Definitely an impulsive decision to visit. It started out with an innocent conversation that started merely three weeks ago. Here’s how it went down, and we have definitely found ourselves enchanted with Egypt.

Postcard from Cairo Egypt: More like postcards! 🙂

selfie in pyramids of giza pic
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One of these days, I will figure out the selfie thing 🙂 . I think this is my 4th or 5th attempt.

Our friends had dropped by Valencia for a quick visit on their way to Hurghada, Egypt. They were taking a direct flight out of Milan. From my last post, you know we have been visiting his family in Rome after the holidays and continued on to Verona from there. Our last stop of the vacation  was a few days in Milan and then a direct flight back to Valencia instead of going back to Rome. Chatting with my friend on FB a few days later, she made a comment about us continuing on to Hurghada since we would already be in Milan..and boom! Our secured house sitters already had another sit in Malaga, so we had to scramble to find new ones to take over. The gods were smiling and after a few days, we found a lovely young lady who was in between sits (London and from us going on to Australia). Lucky, lucky, lucky!

We are in a suburb called El Gouna, a pretty ritzy place by all definitions! For Nigerians, this is similar to Lekki in the Lagos area. A side trip to Cairo was a given. It is after all, a dream for most people to see the Pyramids of Giza, us included. Located just outside the city, we spent an amazing afternoon at the Cairo’s Egyptian Museum , saw the most interesting mummies of kings and animals  and were wowed by history. My mind is blown. I’m not even sure l will be able to describe what we saw cohesively, but l promise to try. We need to come back and a whole day is not even enough in my opinion.

dog sunning in el gouna villa egypt
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Our daily view from the villa we are staying in. One of the two “rulers” of the house sunning herself.

I am so thrilled that the year is off to a good start. One of my wishes on the wrap up post was more African travel. It will be hard to top this for sure. Everybody has been really nice and as said, Federico can’t wait to come back. I had no idea Hurghada especially was a haven for Germans, Italians and British sun seekers. We have met a few people who live here year round in this faux, not quite a reflection of real Egyptian life enclave. Everybody knows it, but nobody cares :-).  The blue of the Red Sea certainly rivals that of the Maldives so l see the draw.  Federico even said he wouldn’t mind living here (El Gouna, not Cairo) :-). It is quite nice and the prices extremely reasonable..but! :-). Traffic in Cairo is kind of insane, but we both observed that it is for sure less chaotic, more organized (civilized), less noisy  (less honking) than Lagos, Nigeria  is. Plus the roads are nicer. Two trivial things have been on mind constantly since our arrival. “Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangles and Steve Martin’s King Tut routine :-).

El Gouna, Cairo and Luxor! Boy, I’ll have lots to write about. Until then, you’ll have to make do with the postcard from Cairo! How you doing? I know a lot of places have been cold as heck!. Did I mention that my friends were blown away too? So much so, they are planning on moving here! Definitely means we have to come back.

16 thoughts on “Postcard From Stupendous Cairo Egypt”

  1. Turned out to be a great last-minute decision. And you’re continuing to stay away from the colder weather in Europe, which is by itself a solid enough reason to do it!

    I like the pyramids and I can’t even imagine how one can feel in such an old place, rich with history and tales… but in this particular case, your villa view is the best. Enjoy your stay there and keep going with the selfies – your 4th try certainly turned out great!

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    • It certainly did! Everything ended up aligning so l guess it was meant to be. It was a highlight being at the pyramids. It is insane at how historic it is. We were caught up in a windstorm that was mind blowing, and l am thankful we had sunglasses on :-). You’re right about the villa view! Absolutely stunning, and l will keep on trying the selfies. You are so good at it l know.

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  2. I love the opening photo and also the one of you and Frederico. Cairo is for sure on my list. Your last minute decision turned out very well indeed. I have been few time to Sharm El Shake on the Red Sea to do some scuba diving, not far from Hurghada. It is such a beautiful area, the diving and snorkelling is amazing. I looking forward to hear more about your trip😄

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    • I had never heard of Sharm El Shake till Federico mentioned it as a popular destination for Italians. I knew all about history, but no idea of beaches :-). Hurghada ia definitely nice too and the Red Sea drop dead sexy.. I can see the pull for a lot of people. I hope you guys get down here to experience the other side of Egypt :-).

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  3. Egypt is one of our favorite places on earth! It, like we found in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is a magnet for those on this side of the pond who live in the Northlands. . .while we think of them all as ‘exotic’ destinations, many people we met come regularly as sun and sand seekers. Can hardly wait to return to Egypt. . .I sometimes wonder if I like the desert areas so much because I was a camel in a previous life?!

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    • I can definitely see why that it is. An undiscovered gem from the side of the world where we hail from. Absolutely stunning and historic. Definitely won’t be our last visit. You might have been a camel in your past life…haha! I love watching them but l did not attempt getting on top of one. Too high up and way too humpy for me :-). I much prefer it to Dubai myself, and Fede can’t wait to go back either. Really, he wants to go in summer, but l want to go to Sicily. We’ll see how that works out :-).

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  4. Well, now I’m going to have to check out Hurghada. I’m looking forward to your full post 🙂

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    • Unexpected surprise for sure. I just never associated Egypt with beach weather :-).

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  5. Some nice photos, I really like that villa. Hope you’ve been riding the camels 🙂

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    • Thanks Frank. We definitely liked the villa too..and ixnay on the camels. No thanks..even the dromedaries in Morocco were a no. They look uncomfortable and so high off the ground, not to mention Federico being a total softie for animals and refuses to ride. You should have seen the fuss he kicked up about riding the carriage.

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  6. Kemkem. I can’t wait to read more of your visit to Egypt. Steven and I were there for well over a week several years ago and loved discovering the ancient pyramids and other sights. I hope you both were as fortunate and weren’t mobbed by fellow tourists everywhere you went, as taking the time to enjoy the stupendous tombs without hordes of tourists made all the difference. One of my favorite memories was being asked to take a ride on the back of one of the guard’s motorcycles from a far-off tomb back to the parking lot! Have fun and keep engaging us with your stories. Annie

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    • It’s great that you have great memories of your visit. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back for sure. So much history. We were also lucky that the crowds were missing big time, which is kind of a shame. We definitely took our time everywhere, I only wish l had assigned more time to the Egyptian museum, we both really liked it. It must have been a blast on the motorcycle.. I used to ride years ago, so l would enjoy it. 🙂

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  7. Serendipity is a funny thing isn’t it Kemi? But so much of our travel experiences have been altered by chance meetings and grabbing an opportunity when presented. I remember well both the Steve Martin “King Tut” song and dance as well as the catchy Bangles tune. I think I’ll be humming them all day! Anita

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    • It certainly is! It’s always great to have the freedom to do what you want at a whim when the opportunity presents itself. Haha! I knew someone would totally remember either or both of those iconic things. They do get stuck in your head don’t they? 🙂

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