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Photoblog: Egypt – Part 1

We are currently exploring Egypt. These our just some of our favourite photos from our first 2 days. Hope you enjoy them as much as us.

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The River Nile Panorama in Aswan Egypt

Over the last four days we have been exploring Egypt with Expat Explore. We have been absolutely mind-blown by the history and sights that we have already seen in such a short period of time. Check out our photos below  from just 2 days of our trip.

Cobras protecting the Step Pyramid in Cairo

Starting in Cairo we visited the very first Pyramid – the Pyramid of Djoser.

Great Pyramid in Cairo Egypt

We moved onto the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo – this is the largest and aptly named “Great Pyramid”

Pyramid of Khafre in Cairo Egypt

The Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) – the second largest of the three

Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Cairo EgyptThe Sphinx standing guard over the three Pyramids of Giza and the local markets

Nile Panorama in Aswan EgyptWe caught an overnight train to Aswan and this was our view of The Nile in front of our Hotel

Philae Temple in Aswan on the River NilePart of the Philae Temple which was relocated after being flooded by The Nile and Aswan Dam

Sunset at Philae Temple Docks on Nile in Aswan EgyptJust one of the many sunsets we have enjoyed so far – Philae Temple Docks

Which is your favourite – and why?

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Las Vegas Attractions for Kids

    December 31, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Those pyramids are beautiful; the sky behind them really lends the photo an almost mythical aspect.

  2. Tracey - Life Changing Year

    January 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Wow. That sphinx is tiny compared to the pyramids! I always thought it was the tallest thing there!!! Amazing photos!

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      January 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Haha you got us all excited with all your comments 🙂 The Sphinx was tiny compared to the Pyramids but I had heard that before we left so not too shocked. Still a fairly large structure to carve out of a single piece of granite!

  3. Rob

    January 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I love Egypt but I always end up at the Red Sea resorts. I’m sure I’ll get to the Nile and Upper Egypt one day.

    Great photos !!

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      January 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      We found that a lot of tourists just head to the Red Sea resorts but I think the areas of Luxor and Aswan with all their history were more spectacular. Although we loved diving and snorkeling in Hurghada!

  4. Dayna

    January 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    That view of the Nile is incredible! I hadn’t heard of the Pyramid of Djoser before either, so thanks!

    • Cole

      January 3, 2012 at 5:13 AM

      No problem Dayna. I think they also call it the Step Pyramid!

  5. dtravelsround

    January 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    What a cool experience!

    • Cole

      January 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM

      Have you ever been yourself? You need to get over there while there are hardly any tourists 🙂

  6. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    January 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    It looks amazing. I’m so eager to visit.

    • Cole

      January 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Don’t wait Bobbi make sure you get there as soon as possible! Let us know if you need any tips 🙂

  7. cheryl

    January 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Visiting Egypt would be a dream come true for me! I’ve always wanted to go. Beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see more.

    • Cole

      January 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Thanks for the kind words Cheryl. We loved it and HIGHLY recommend you get over there quickly it is absolutely stunning in person.

    • SharmTouring.com

      March 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Cheryl, Thanks so much for your heartening words
      Egypt welcomes everyone, We are as Egyptians so happy with these words and are willing to do anything to achieve the dreams of everyone want to visit Egypt and Enjoy with everything with us we aim for sure to make them happy 🙂

      • Cole Burmester

        March 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Visiting Egypt is one of our favourite countries to date 😉

  8. Abby

    January 4, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    So majestic and beautiful!! I’ve wanted my whole life to visit Egypt. What a trip! Your pictures are fantastic.

    • Cole

      January 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Thanks Abby much appreciated 🙂 Make sure you visit soon!

  9. Angela

    January 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Great shots, staring at such huge remains of human history I think it would feel intimidating!

    • Cole

      January 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Coming from little New Zealand where we have about 150 years of history to somewhere that has several thousand years is pretty amazing!

  10. Laura

    January 7, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    These are great photos! I especially like the last one with the sunset and street lamps.

    • Cole

      January 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Cheers Laura. We saw some beautiful sunsets/sunrises in Egypt.

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    March 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Great photos of the pyramids. I love the different camera angles and look forward to seeing your other posts.

    • Cole

      March 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks Mary 🙂 We need to get around to putting up all our other photoblogs!

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Popular vs. Underrated Destinations:How To Avoid The Crowd?

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The biggest dilemma you have to face as an enthusiastic holidaymaker is whether to embrace popular destinations or to find lesser known regions for your vacations. Popular destinations have the advantage that they are experienced with tourists. You can be sure that you will find someone speaking your language and that hotel receptions will be open 24/7. But they are likely to be crowded to the point where it can be impossible to find a free spot on the beach or to walk down that famous avenue you’ve read about in your guidebook. Underrated destinations, in comparison, offer freedom of movement and peacefulness that you associate with a quiet pace of life. But they may not have all the necessary facilities to welcome tourists. You may struggle to find someone who speaks your language or even to get a decent hotel room, let alone direct flights to get there. In short, what’s the best answer to this dilemma?

Popular destinations with a twist

When you pick a destination that is familiar to the tourist industry, it’s both a blessing and a curse, as the available facilities and attractions are likely to attract hundreds if not thousands of same-minded tourists. However, these destinations are popular for a reason, so it would be a pity to avoid visiting marvels of the world just because you want to stay away from the crowd. Dubai, for example, receives every year a growing number of tourists, with estimations for 2020 to top 20 million. Needless to say, you’ll need to find things to do in Dubai that avoid the main entrance to their attraction area. But, looking for concierge services in famous cities like Dubai, Paris or Hong Kong can get you access to a privileged network to avoid tourists.

Visiting Dubai without the tourists

The perfect mix: Destinations that are about to get trendy

There are some destinations that are getting the necessary infrastructure to welcome tourists without having yet become popular. They are destinations in the making, areas that are about to go big and that you can visit while they’re not yet famous. The rising stars of the holiday industry are places such as José Ignacio in Uruguay – where you can meet the likes of Shakira among other celebrities – and Sofia in Bulgaria, which is Europe’s cheapest city destination. In those places, you can enjoy quality visits, beautiful landscapes, and architectures, without forgetting the exquisite hotel services too.

Beautiful and underrated destinations offer peace

Finally, there are places that simply don’t attract tourists for a reason or another. They are not specifically growing in popularity, but they remain hidden gems across the world. You will need to plan your holiday in advance, as some of these areas provide minimal comfort, such as the Basque Country which is a humble and quirky location. The Canary Islands, while being a highly popular spot in summer, is almost deserted in spring. There, you don’t need to worry about holiday attractions.

The charm of the forgotten destinations

In short, picking the best destinations for you demands a little bit of logistics juggle at first. Nobody likes a crowded place, so you can avoid other tourists either by choosing a different tile in a popular area or by working directly with a privileged service. If you are not keen on a famous destination, visit rising holiday stars or forgotten jewels. You’ll have fewer tourists but still a lot of fun!

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Five Of The Best Ways To Soak Up Scotland

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Rugged scenery, historic landmarks and a rich heritage – Scotland is a fantastic place to explore. With walking routes dotted between quaint cosy pubs, cities full with culture, and miles of beaches and scenic drives, there’s really no excuse not to embrace the tartan. Here are some of the best ways you can explore and soak up Scotland’s rich heritage.

Tour famous film locations

Scotland’s landscape is stunning, so no wonder its dramatic scenery has been captured on the big screen. Explore the picturesque film locations, such as Glen Coe for James Bond’s Skyfall moments. Visit Gairloch for the Billy Connolly classic, What We Did On Our Holiday where you can see views of the Isle of Skye from the expansive Red Point beach. Explore the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber for the iconic arched bridge that the Hogwarts Express chugs down in Harry potter.

By rail

Take the leisurely route around Scotland and travel by train. It’s a much needed break from walking routes, with stunning views from the window that look out across the ever-changing landscape. Scotland’s rail routes connect its seven cities with stops in many towns and villages across country, so you’ll find it easy to delve into the West Highlands from Glasgow, traveling through the scenic Fort William, or roll past the battlefields of Robert the Bruce through Dumfries.

Walk, trek, stroll

Discover all the wonderful wildlife and nature on foot. Trek through the rugged countryside for unbelievable sights of the towering mountains, shimmering lochs, golden beaches and lush farmland. Find Lochan Urr in Glen Etive for a spot of paradise, stroll along Applecross Bay, or scale new heights for stunning views of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. For longer routes head to Fort William and Glen Coe for miles of green countryside.

Castle to castle

You’ll find castles on top of, near enough, every rolling hill in Scotland. From pretty fairy tale castles to robust medieval fortresses, you can visit the most spectacular buildings all around Scotland. Enjoy strolling around the floral gardens looking up at the enchanting French design of Dunrobin Castle, on the northern coast near Dornoch. Explore Culzean Castle for dramatic scenes, or, Kilchurn near Dalmally in Argyll to gaze over the Loch Awe. Visit the royal stronghold, Fyvie Castle near Turriff for rich decor and 13th century furnishings. For something completely different, head to Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire for a colourful mural of unusual cartoons.

Cruise the Scottish waters

Take a look at Scotland from a different point of view by travelling Scotland’s shores on a boat cruise around the islands. Visit the Isle of Skye, Stornoway, Port Ellen, Montrose and the picturesque Holy Loch Port. For something even more adventurous, canoe in the lochs and rivers around Fort William.

Sound good? There’s so much to see in Scotland that you’re bound to be mesmerised!

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Top things to do in Cleveland

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Cleveland, Ohio may not be a well-known city like the Big Apple or the sunny beach cities of California, yet there is still much to do in this small but very vibrant city. If you have been planning on heading out to this wonderful city, then you’re in luck as there are numerous activities, attraction, and reservations that will be sure to educate as well as entertain the family.

Here is a small list of places and activities for the family and visitors to enjoy.

Why We Rock: Top Things to do in Cleveland

 

# 1 Hard Rock Rocksino

The Hard Rock Rocksino offers people a Las Vegas-esque kind of vibe and feel for the citizens and tourist of Ohio. If you love games, racing, elegant cuisine and just an overall fantastic night out on the town, the Hard Rock Rocksino is the place for you.

 

# 2 Outdoor Activities

If you are someone who isn’t too much into the nightlife and the whole city feel then Ohio still has you covered. Ohio indeed is one of the most aesthetically pleasing states to see and visit. Boasting and offering its residents and visitors sights and environments such as the Cuyahoga River in Lake Erie where people can go kayaking to The Townpath Trail where people can go jogging, hiking or horseback riding.

If you are an outdoor’ kind of person than this is the place for you. Beautiful atmosphere, surrounded by nature and overall a sight that is awe-inspiring to look at – what more could an outdoors person as for?

 

# 3 Education – Family friendly Orientated Places

Now, ask yourself what type of family trip it would be if you just visit and didn’t walk away learning something new and different? Well, in Ohio there are a plethora of places where you can take the family for an educational trip for the day.

There is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo which boasts a wide array of animals from all around the world. There really is nothing more splendid for kids to see the animals that they love to imitate in person.

If the Zoo were fascinating and intriguing then the next destination, Greater Cleveland Aquarium would be sure to be as equally entertaining as the Zoo. When Visiting the Greater Cleveland Aquarium enter into an under that is akin to the Atlantis. Experience the aquatic lifeforms in such proximity.

Lastly, Ohio offers its residents and visitors many museums. There is the International Women’s Air and Space Museum which educates the populace about the story of aviation and how much women had their part in history. And let’s not forget the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Final Thoughts

If you are deciding to visit this fantastic state, then be prepared for a wonderful visit and many cultural aspects that will be learned and offered. Make this trip a trip to remember with these places in mind.

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