28 Aug 2015

My holiday to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Ciao ♥ At the beginning of this month I managed to escape the constant hustle and bustle of London life to the serenity of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. I went away for just under two weeks with one of my closest childhood friends. As it was her first girls' holiday we really wanted to make the most of our time away together by exploring and taking on as many excursions as possible.

All of ours were booked via Sharm Excursions prior to flying out. This site offers a range of excursions at affordable prices which work out to be a lot cheaper than those prices offered in Egypt. Better yet, at checkout you’re only required to pay a 10% deposit as the remainder of the cost will be collected upon your arrival. This is a great benefit for those who are slightly weary about making a payment with a site they’re not familiar with.

Our first excursion took place in the desert on the outskirts of Sharm and consisted of camel riding, dinner with a Bedouin tribe and star gazing. Despite doing this excursion the last time I was in Egypt, I just had to do it again as it's such a fun experience.

Our next excursion was a trip to Cairo which, as you can imagine, is bustling with character and has a history so rich it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Our first visit was to The Egyptian Museum which was absolutely phenomenal and my favourite part of my trip to Cairo. Yes! Even more than the pyramids. I was in awe of the many different artifacts which are more than a thousand years old. You wouldn't dare think it as they're in immaculate condition and preserved exceptionally well. My favourite part of the museum has to be the section displaying an array of mummified animals, including a crocodile the length of a double-decker bus, if not longer. Amazing, right? Unfortunately, I'm unable to show you guys any of this as you're not allowed to take photos inside of the museum (wah!). Here I am in the museum's garden...
After visiting the museum we then had a boat ride along the River Nile before stopping off for some lunch.
After filling up our bellies it was finally time to pay the magnificent pyramids a visit.
For our final excursion we went quad biking in the desert.
On two separate occasions we managed to drag ourselves away from the hotel's pool and head into town to visit the old market. The old market is flowing with merchants sitting on stools as they smoke tobacco and sip on glasses of hot chai, infused with mint. Handmade jewellery of a wooden and mother of pearl composition can be found dangling from metal fixtures affixed to shop windows and doors. Stray, lounging cats take refuge during the hottest hours of the day as the sun beams down, unforgiveable to those who dare get in its way.

I put my haggling skills to good use as I bought a ton of souvenirs for a fraction of the original asking price. This was helped massively by the fact that I can speak some Arabic and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Trust me, haggling is my thang. One shop owner even called me ‘big mafia’ as I refused to back down. LOL! I rest my case.

Some funny-ish things to expect when in Egypt:
  • Taxi drivers transporting you to your chosen destination at a speed of 80-100mph.
  • The constant honking of car horns for no apparent reason. 
  • Camels parked up at the side of the road. 
  • Merchants mimicking English expressions (i.e. lovely jubbly, cheap as chips and etc.).
  • Being offered herds of animals as a dowry for marriage (I was offered 50 cows LOL)

If you want to see some more of my photos from Egypt then make sure you follow me on Instagram. Also, do let me know if any of you guys went away this summer? If so, where to? :)

Ciao ♥ Xx 

26 comments:

  1. Ridding camels sounds so fun! How funny that to be asked for marriage in exchange for animals!

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  2. I loved reading this post! I'm heading to Egypt in February and cannot wait to ride a camel by the pyramids and visit The Egyptian Museum! Quad biking in the desert sounds fun too - was that an excursion that you booked? Or do you just rent them while you're there? I'll have to check out your Instagram, too! :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this Lindsey. You're going to have so much fun. Cairo is a dream as there's so much cool things to see and do. Yep! I booked quad biking with Sharm Excursions :) I cannot wait to read about your experience in Egypt even there's still a few months left to go hehe X

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  3. Hello from Spain:awesome travel. Great pics. keep in touch

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  4. Yes the camel exchange for marriege is so funny, what we will do with some camels at home? lol
    Your post bring me a lot of memories as I have been there on holidays often.
    The cars do not use side lights, they use the car horn to turn or change line, thats the reason you heard them so much lol
    I have a couple of post from Sharm too :)

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  5. Oh my!! This looks fantastic!'

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  7. Loooool, ah my this brings back so many memories of going to Egypt. My dad was offered 10,000 camels once to marry me off :o.... I said No, hit the road Jack LOL! I love that market in Cairo <3 Khan al Khalili very vibrant I need to take you haggling, BIG MAFIA Sheren LOL <3

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  8. Very cool photos!

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  9. 50 cows, I would believe you are worth more than that lol, this sounds like so much fun. Adding Egypt to my wanderlust list now.
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  10. Looks lovely. I did the Camel, Bedouin star-gazing trip too. Getting on and off the camel was quite the experience! I'd love to go back and go to Cairo. x

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  11. Wait a minute...a crocodile the length of a Decker bus? For real? No wonder they don't let people take pics...you have to be there to believe it.

    You ladies seem to have had so much fun. Honestly am glad I read this post because now I can even begin to consider Egypt as a vacation destination. I may have stereotyped it for an all desert experience....now I see beautiful buildings, quad bikes and open markets....very appealing.

    I haven't traveled much of late but well, Kenya is a beautiful country too....plus you might get a better deal, 200 or more cows for your hand in marriage like Obama's daughter...Lol. Do visit sometime.

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  12. Hey Dear,
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  13. Your photographs are gorgeous and it seems like you're having an amazing time! x
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  14. This sounds like such an amazing holiday and Egypt is definitely on my places to visit. Love the photos and how funny that you were offered 50 cows as a dowry for marriage x

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  15. Wow sounds like you had a epic time! Big Mafia ha,ha :'D that made me laugh so much! Would have loved to see inside the museum as it sounds incredible! We have a great museum in Edinburgh and you can take photos inside too! Definitely want to visit Egypt one day as I love the culture and the history off course xx

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  16. Looks so great!! Can't wait for my own vacay in a couple of weeks... :) I just followed you, almost 300th!! If you like my blog could you follow back? :) xx

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  17. Fantastic post dear! Love this so much.

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  18. great post, nice pictures, stunning place :-)

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  19. It looks beautiful! I just love all your photos and looks like a fun time. xx http://bauchlefashion.com

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  20. It seems like such an amazing place, would love to go there someday!

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  21. This post, your holiday is giving me serious green-eyed tendencies!! I'm so so jealous, I have always dreamed of visiting Egypt and now I have even more proof of why I just have to make it happen, and soon! Looks so amazing and I'm so happy you posted this!

    xxx Chontelle

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  22. wow schöner Blog und tolle Bilder :) schaut doch mal auf meinem und den meiner Zwillingsschwester vorbei würden uns sehr freuen
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  23. that's so cool, i'd love to visit one day!

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  24. Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo is the best holiday destination at the weekend. Cairo is the greatest city across Middle East. Cairo & Sharm el-Sheikh holidays to must see place and Cairo weekend trips to Luxor air from Sharm el-Sheikh, star gazing, quad biking, swimming with dolphins, airport transfer & camel riding. Thanks for Sharing nice blog post.

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