These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Cairo to Luxor - Day 10

Bye to Talaat Harb

Yesterday, we moved a lot. Early in the day it was walking. One of the last trips in Cairo was simply a taxi to the Ramses Station for our night train. The route to Aswan demands nearly constant trains. There must have been at least 7 or 8 per 24 hours. We wanted the 12:05 AM one so that we'd get to Luxor in the mid morning.

Nearly Midnight
First Class

To me, there's something wonderfully romantic and nostalgic about the idea of a train journey. In 2014, we travelled up the whole length of the Nile River Valley with Egyptian National Railways. That trip sparked our interest in staying here for an entire winter. Except for the shore of the Mediterranean, Egypt exists because of the Nile River and the green belt of land that straddles most of it. So, one can get a good, free tour from a train's window. It got light early, so we saw at least four hours of the cities and agriculture.

Thru the Train Window

Our train left the station about 20 minutes late and arrived, here, in Luxor with about a 40-minute delay. Our host, Mr. Mohammed, met us right on the platform. We threw the bags on a taxi to the river, then we got a little, private boat to the shore not far from Villa Diletta. It's a great little place! It looks little from the outside but it seems spacious inside! Jay researched about it from the Internet when we were in Puerto Vallarta last winter.

We remember much of this city from our last trip here. So, we went to eat a very late lunch after unpacking. We also started to pick up provisions. We will be here for five months, so getting set up initially will take us a few days. We took the large, public ferry both ways across the river for our shopping. Each trip costs about $US 0.12 so going back and forth costs around a quarter.

2015_11_14

We were exhausted by the poor sleep even in the train's first class seats. I feel sore all over, but extremely happy with our new, winter digs. I think it'll be time to hit the bed at about 8:30 PM.


2010 Games (23) AirAsia (10) Alaska (4) Alaskan Cruise 2001 (6) Alberta (14) AllegiantAir (9) amazon.com (6) Amsterdam (9) analog (12) Android TV Box (28) Apple Inc (16) Arts and Literature (17) Bahrain (32) balcony (91) BBS (6) BC Ferries (16) BC-WA Road Trip 2013 (6) BCIT (325) beach (64) beer (37) Bella Coola Road Trip (11) Bellingham (26) bikes (15) Bitcoin (32) Bloedel (8) blogging (223) Bret (51) briefcase (6) British Columbia (127) Bulk Barn (7) Burma (Myanmar) (17) Cairo 2015 (4) Cambodia (20) camcorder (49) Canada (80) Canada Day (21) Canadian Superstore (54) Carnarvon Place (17) cars (63) Central America 2011 (35) China (9) China and Malaysia 2011 (26) Christmas (86) Class of 1977 (14) Coastal Cruise 2006 (12) Columbia Station (10) Columbia Station Noise Problem (5) Columbia Street (35) community gardens (5) complaints (85) computer lab (21) computers (119) credit card (10) cross-Canada (12) Cruise to New Zealand 2017 (4) dentist (7) Desert Southwest (23) Dictionary (2) digital camera (120) digital picture (27) dinosaurs (5) Don (23) drinks (28) driving (35) Dubai (59) Duck Swap (30) Duolingo (1) early retirement (69) Ecoped (17) Electric Vehicles (13) email (54) errands (160) Eurotrip 2005 (30) Eurotrip 2007 (41) Eurotrip 2010 (40) EVO Car Share (4) father (19) feelings (316) file archives (29) financial (1) fireworks (9) flash memory (17) Flickr (210) Flickr slide show (31) Flipboard (9) flora and fauna (100) flying (61) food (201) Fraser River (91) futurecast (20) games (18) glasses (12) Google (70) Google Earth (22) government (53) GPS (36) grandmothers (11) growler (4) Halloween (4) hard disk (14) hardware (49) Harrison Hot Springs (6) Hawaii (7) Hawaiian Shirts (5) HDTV (57) health (73) Hollywood (4) Hong Kong (8) Hulu (10) humour (38) Hurghada 2015 (6) Hurghada 2016 (4) Hyack Parade (8) In-front-of-series (6) India (26) Indonesia (10) Instagram (1) Internet (263) IP (24) Italy (21) Italy 2008 (23) Jay's Surgery (25) Joel (85) Kenya (5) Kiva (7) Kuwait (27) Laos (9) Las Vegas (21) Last Will and Testament (1) Laurie (21) library (24) light bulbs (5) Linux (2) lists (33) London (7) Los Angeles (14) Luxor 2014 (6) maintenance (72) Malaysia (14) mattress (5) Mediaplayer (29) Mediterranean Cruise 2017 (35) Mexican Cruise 2008 (12) Mexican Property (18) Mi band (8) Mini-Road Trip 2014 (8) Minuwangoda (29) money (176) monkeys (9) Moon Bugs (4) Mother (7) mountains (33) movie musical (18) movies (178) Mt. Baker (7) music (70) musical theatre (8) My YouTube (49) National Geographic (11) Near East Trip 2014 (33) Near East Trip Planning (9) Nepal (9) Net apps (85) netbook (20) Netflix (24) New Westminster (549) New York City (32) NewWest filming (10) NH Trip (10) Niagara Falls (2) Nikon P900 (7) Nikon S9900 (21) Nile Cruise 2016 (4) NYC2005 (16) NYC2009 (10) Okanagan (18) Ooma (5) opinions (236) Our 10-Year Plan (16) Pandora (7) parade (6) Paris (12) passport (10) Pattullo Bridge (18) PBS (15) Penang 2011 (5) Persian (1) pets (50) Photo Sphere (14) Pier Park (57) pig (8) Pinterest (30) Pinto (10) podcasts (46) Portland (15) Portland Pride 2009 (6) printers (10) privacy rights (11) PS3 (30) Puerto Vallarta (46) Puerto Vallarta & Guadalajara 2010 (24) Puerto Vallarta 2012 (8) Puerto Vallarta 2013 (8) PVR (14) QR Code (7) Quay (26) Queen's Park (36) quotations (133) Qurna Market (7) Ranger (52) RC vehicles (9) relaxing (24) review (42) road trip (89) Royal City Mall (7) Royal City Star (10) RSS (22) Russia (2) San Francisco (12) sandals (11) Saudi Arabia (45) Scandinavian Cruise 2016 (24) sci-fi (22) SE Asia 2013 (53) searching (15) Seattle (26) sharing (31) shaver (7) Siem Reap (8) Sigiriya (7) Singapore (5) SkyTrain (41) smartphone (88) social networking (121) software (60) Southwest Road Trip (8) souvenirs (16) Sri Lanka (93) Sri Lanka 2004 (54) Sri Lanka 2006 (29) Sri Lanka 2009 (35) Sri Lanka 2012/13 (94) Sri Lankan food (45) Sri Lankan Property (15) staff (4) Stanley Park (4) stars (34) Street View (33) students (102) Summer Lovers (4) Sunapee (72) Surrey (35) T&T Supermarket (11) tablets (48) technology (103) TED (1) telephone (42) television (159) temple (31) Tesla (1) Thailand (16) The Harbor Gameroom (15) the Maldives (1) The Wedding Weekend (6) the Wenas (29) Then and Now Images (3) thrift shop (22) Tim (56) Time Machine (1) Tipperary Park (38) to (1) tour (1) tourist shots (43) train (20) transit (61) travel planning (173) TRS-80 (5) TuneIn (2) Tunis 2016 (6) Turkey (Country) (5) Vancouver (170) Vancouver Island (25) Vietnam (9) Villa Diletta (27) Walmart (32) Washington DC (16) weather (367) webcam (22) Windows (53) winter 2014-15 (149) Winter 2015-16 (161) winter 2015-16 (planning) (17) Winter 2016-17 (planning) (16) winter 2017-18 (planning) (2) World Vision (17) zip.ca (20)