Archive for December, 2011
From guerilla dinners in Manila to getting geisha-fied in Tokyo, to riding a camel in Giza, 2011 was quite a year in the life of a traveler!
I flew over 200,000 miles, started this multi-media trip diary, added Ecuador, the Philippines, Israel and Jordan to my list of countries visited, and had images shot on my iPhone shown in exhibitions on both coasts. It’s quite a whirlwind in retrospect!
As the year draws to a close, here’s a mashup video of some of my favorite travel videoclips of 2011.
Much thanks to all my travel companions along the way (and behind the camera) it’s been a blast and I couldn’t have done it without your help. To all of you visiting this blog, I raise a glass and toast to all the best in 2012!
@MissSmartFlyer at ASI in Palm Springs
No Trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the The Great Pyramids of Giza. 110 pyramids are known in Egypt although some are more famous than others. They are absolutely the one “must see” if you visit the country.
An auto-stitch iPhoneography panorama of Pyramid of Djoser (Sakkara)
On our second day of touring, we set out to visit the ancient site of Sakkara, also known as the “The Pyramid of Djoser.” Sakkara is one of the most significant relics of ancient Egypt. It’s important because it pre-dates the more famous and flashy great pyramids of Giza. Sakkara is old school as far as pyramids go, and you can go inside this one.
Egypt tourist attractions
While our day trip to Alexandria was frustrating because of disruptions “because of the revolution” this day highlighted one of the benefits of traveling to a country in the midst of a revolution: there are virtually no tourists and we had the complex almost entirely to ourselves.
Greetings from Cairo! It was a great honor to make a presentation on the Art of Travel Blogging at the IOETI Conference in Egypt.
After the conference finished, the speakers got to tour Egypt for 3 days to see some of the country’s highlights.
Day #1 – Road Trip to Alexandria
Our first day was scheduled to be a road trip day to Alexandria to see the library. Alexandria is about 4 hours by car from Cairo. We got up early and hit the highway, unfortunately once we got there we learned that the library was closed due to protests being held outside.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The locals are very sweet and welcoming. Many came over and said “hello, welcome to Egypt. Where are you from?” When one young woman asked how I was enjoying my visit in Alexandria, I admitted being bummed the library was closed.
“Oh, I am sorry! … That is because of the revolution,” she explained. I told her not to worry– I’m American and standing in the way of a revolution isn’t the way I roll.
The exterior of the Alexandrian library is indeed gorgeous, and makes me far more eager to see what’s inside. I know there is an Anwar Sedat Museum, which has the uniform he was wearing when he was assassinated on display. I look forward to checking this out the next time I get to Alexandria.
I was also happy to find the wifi working so made a “wifi drive-by” pit stop before the long journey back to Cairo.
Here is a photo set of
road trip pictures from my day trip to Alexandria.
More to come soon– including the pyramids, the Sphinx, and a hump by hump “camelparsion” of Egyptian vs. Jordanian camels, as I head to country #74- Jordan!
Chickens in the side streets