S: BACKPACKING 2010: EGYPT | JORDAN | PARIS | LONDON
BC: Thanks for"roughing it" with me in Egypt & Jordan; can't imagine doing that with anyone better=)
FC: BACKPACKING 2010: Egypt | Jordan | Paris | London
1: On our way to Cairo; flying with British Airways, NICE! | First day in Cairo: we book a taxi driver to take us around the city. | First stop: London. Next stop: An Adventure in Egypt.
2: Exploring the Cairo Citadel.
3: Our first time seeing the Pyramids in person-so exciting. | A gorgeous (but smoggy) view of the Giza Plateau.
4: The mysterious Sphinx. | Camel riding. | Pyramid of Khafre.
5: Great view of the Pyramids. | Camels are cool once you get to know them=) | Our awesome tour group with our Egyptian guide, Mohammed.
6: Sleeper train with a broken cabinet door. | So comfy. | Taxi to take us to our hotel- car fits seven. | No flash allowed please. | Which way to the museum? | After-dinner henna. | First mummy we see. | Damn hot sand dune. | It burns.
7: We arrive in Aswan, one of the hottest and driest spots in Egypt. | Cruising down the Nile during lunch. | Sunset over the Nile. | Elephantine Island.
8: The morning sunrise over Lake Nasser. | Queen Nefertari's Temple, wife of Ramses II. | Fooling around before our convoy departs.
9: Abu Simbel | In front of the Abu Simbel Temple of Ramses II. | We woke up at 330am to see these temples...and it was definitely worth the missed sleep.
10: Philae Temple | We were pretty much the only ones here to see the ruins. | Chilling on our felucca. | A motor boat took us to the island.
11: Entering the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. It is the second largest temple in Egypt (after Karnak). | Horus keeps watch. | The sunrise. | Going down the Nile. | Edfu
12: Ingredients: 5 cups vegetable broth or water 2 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped potatoes 8 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole 1 tbsp canola oil 2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp salt 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice salt & pepper | Directions for Egyptian Lentil Soup: 1. Add the first 5 ingredients to a large pot; cover and bring to a boil. 2. Lover the heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the lentils and veggies are tender. 3. Take pot from stove burner and set aside. 4. In a small saucepan, add the oil; warm over low heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. 5. Add in the cumin, turmeric, and salt; cook and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes or until the cumin has released its fragrance (be careful no to scorch the spices). 6. Set spice mixture aside for 1 minute to cool. 7. Stir spice mixture into the lentil mixture; add cilantro, stir to combine. 8. You can puree the soup, in batches, in a blender or you can use an immersion blender and blend to desired texture. 9. Add in lemon juice; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper if needed. | Karnak | The sunset as we depart Karnak.
13: Donkey riding. | Hot-air ballooning. | Last day in Cairo: Sheesha! | Unhappy Winnie on seater train. | Cliffs of Deir el Bahari. | At the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. | Luxor
14: Mt. Sinai | This hike was not as bad as I'd thought it'd be. It took almost 3hrs to reach the peak but we made it. We totally deserved our dinner buffet that night. | The sweaty group at the top. | Snacking before heading back down the mountain. | Our guide, Moses.
15: Top of the world. | Top of the world.
16: Egypt comes to an end. Here, we got the chance to snorkel for the first time and see all the treasures of the Red Sea. Too bad one of us got sick! | Our hut. | Dining area; yummy guava juice! | Lounging area on the beach. | Drying off after a dip. | So sick. | Back from first dive! | Journal entry. | Still recovering...
17: At the end of Egypt... | Our Red Sea Beach Camp in Nuweiba | Our goodbyes to Mohammed...who btw, cut himself shaving for these pictures. Poor guy.
19: Memories from Jordan... | Enjoying the sunset in Wadi Rum. | View from Mount Nebo. | The Dead Sea.
20: Riding the RER to see the Effiel Tower. | Effiel Tower at night. We were surprised by a light show afterwards. | Paris, France | Outside Hotel de Ville, where we will be picked up for our boat tour on the Seine. | Waiting for the boat. | Colours of France.
21: Guess who we run into at our hostel? Henry and his friend, Stephene. It is such a small world. We had dinner with them twice in Paris. Too bad the city was on a strike...we made the best of it and still managed to see the majority of their tourist attractions. | Outside an RER Station by the "Kissing Bridge". | Notre Dame - on strike. | Escargots - three got away! | Henry: Did I really order pig snout and a cup of cream for dinner? | Wow, I sure love sauerkraut and boiled wieners.
22: Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. | Versailles | Heading out of Montmartre. | Lunch: a green macaroon.
23: Best red wine ever... | We finally made it to Chateau de Versailles on our last day in France. It was such a gorgeous castle...and the gardens are huge. We are standing in front of one fountain, the Bassin de Latone, with the canals behind us. | Arc du Triomphe. | Outside the Louvre.
24: A tour of Windsor Castle; right after we took this shot with the guard, he marched off and left the waiting crowd gaping after him. At least we got our picture! | London, England | Our first fish & chip experience in London; we chose the first place we saw b/c we were so hungry!
25: London, England | 3 Days in London: Windsor Castle Stonehenge Roman Baths | Stonehenge was a lot smaller than expected, but nonetheless, spectacular. | Hanging out in Bath; do not drink the water, don't even touch it!