Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Nile Cruise Summary

Our family of four (plus one set of grandparents) took a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan during the kids' Spring Break from school. We also saw parts of Cairo before the cruise started. And, more importantly, we made many new memories (and even some new friends!). Here are some of our stories from that trip.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Flight Out of Egypt

Ever been on a plane with dozens of pilgrims on their way to Mecca when the plane hits turbulence? That's how we ended our Nile cruise.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Aswan

Our Nile Cruise came to a close in Aswan, after visiting the Aswan Dam, Philae Temple, an unfinished obelisk and a Nubian village where we got to hold a baby crocodile.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

On the Nile south of Luxor, you can visit the Edfu Temple to Horus and the Kom Ombu Temple to Sobek (and the crocodile museum there). Both add to the experience of walking through history, and were so very detailed even now.
Edfu Temple
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Luxor - West Bank

For Egyptians, the West Bank is the dead bank. The Theban Necropolis is where you can find the ancient pharoahs buried in the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut. After visiting both sites, we continued southward on our Nile Cruise and interacted with the local merchants on the shoreline.
Our Ticket to The Valley of the Kings

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Luxor - East Bank

Luxor (also known as Thebes) is an ancient city in Egypt where many monuments and temples can be found. It's divided into East and West by the Nile River. What's really interesting is that Egyptian mythology influence the development and planning of these amazing structures such that the East Bank is to celebrate the living, and the West Bank is to celebrate the afterlife. Here's a preview of what we saw today:
Photo: Entering Karnak Temple
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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Cairo with Kids

Before starting our Nile Cruise, we flew into the ancient city of Cairo. The highlights of the day included visiting the pyramids, the Coptic Hanging Church, and the Egyptian Museum. We also rode camels, visited a papyrus store, and got a windshield tour of the city from the local perspective. A very busy day, but the kids loved it.
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