Mark highlights five of the best countries for vegetarians, including India, Thailand, and Lebanon.
Tips for getting a good deal on your camel tour of the Great Pyramids.
Mark recounts some unexpected discoveries he made while visiting Egypt.
Even though I chose to take a barge-like cruise ship up the Nile River, I still had plenty of time to enjoy felucca rides around Aswan. As with everything in Egypt, the cost had to be negotiated, and it’s best to bring your sense of humor. Aswan, the Dams, and the Temple of Isis at […]
Once I arrived in Luxor and joined the organized tour, I was insulated from most of the shenanigans and tourist shams (though one might argue I paid into the biggest of them all — a prepackaged Nile cruise). I ended up having a great time on the cruise. My room was very nice, there was […]
In 2001, I had plans to visit Egypt however 9/11 disrupted them and I’d had it on the back burner ever since. In December 2008, I flew Egypt Air from Jo’burg to Cairo. It was my first visit to a Middle Eastern country, and I was immediately struck by the dreariness of the Nile River […]
After I had enough money for the initial deposit, I called Adventure Center back. I spoke to the same woman as before, Maz. Since my trip is one of the least expensive, the $300 deposit was more than 3/4 of the total cost. I planned on paying the remaining $90 in another few weeks. I printed […]
By now I’m convinced I need to go visit Egypt, and soon! After reading the ad, I wanted to check and see if the tour operator, Adventure Center, had a web site. I went to http://www.adventurecenter.com and sure enough it was the tour operator’s site. I clicked on the About Us link first. I was excited to see they […]
The perfect day in Aswan and Egypt’s Nile Valley starts with the usual breakfast of coffee, bread, and egg. Progress onward to further readings of Paul Theroux’s “Dark Star Safari” while the symphony of Egyptians’ daily lives delight the ears. Honking taxi horns punctuate the call to prayer sounded over mosque loudspeakers. Glancing up from […]
Upon our return from Abu Simbel, Gary, Darcy, Amy, Joe and I went to lunch at a floating restaurant recommended by one of the guidebooks. The prices were higher, but you couldn’t beat the ambiance. The food was good too. Afterwards, we set about trying to find a fair minded felucca captain. Joe and Amy […]