Cyprus Life – in pictures vs Fylde Coast Musings

Our new life in Cyprus began in early March 2004. Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas spending a glorious 12 years in Limassol. Feel free to read my posts and view my many #photosofCyprus. However in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We're now living on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea in the north west of England. More places for us to discover as this part of the UK is not so familiar to us either.

Independent Egypt

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Overnight sleeper train from Luxor to Cairo (waiting to reach Cairo)The terrace by the Nile at the Isis Hotel, AswanBarry & Vera on the terrace by the Nile at the Isis Hotel, AswanShopping in AswanShopping in AswanShopping in Aswan
Shopping in AswanShopping in AswanShopping in Aswan - fixed price shopShopping in AswanThe Isis Hotel, AswanThe Isis Hotel, Aswan
View from The Isis Hotel, AswanGarden rooms at The Isis Hotel, AswanThe Isis Hotel, AswanView of the Floating restaurant at AswanClem at the Floating restaurant at AswanBarry at the Floating restaurant at Aswan
Unfinished Obelisk, AswanUnfinished Obelisk, AswanBarry & Vera at the Unfinished Obelisk, AswanFellucca's at Sunset on the River Nile. Looking towards the Oberoi HotelThe High Dam at Aswan, Lake Nasser, looking towards NubiaThe High Dam at Aswan, looking towards Aswan

Independent Egypt, a set on Flickr. (Click the link to see the slideshow)

Photos taken in May 2007 of our independent trip from Cyprus to Aswan with 4 nights stay at the Isis (Corniche) Hotel, a 3 night cruise to Luxor, 2 nights in the Sonesta St Georges Hotel, the Abela overnight train journey in a sleeper carriage from Luxor to Cairo before taking our return flight back to Larnaca airport.

Our holiday was with our friends Barry & Vera (formerly of Souni in Cyprus) now sadly back in the UK.

They used to make up our “Table For Six” group so if you see references to that on my blog – now you know what it’s all about!

When I say “independent” – I mean we booked this holiday under our own steam via the internet without the safety net of a tour operator or travel agent in Cyprus.

Flights were taken with Egyptair and booked directly on their website. The remaining part of the holiday I searched and sourced to find the best method available to get what we wanted without having to pay 9 months in advance of our travel date.

We paid for the flights in advance as there was no way of getting around that…

I found a company called Memphis Tours based in Cairo as we really wanted to make sure the Presidential Nile Cruise (we sailed on the Odyssey cruise boat) and our Abela overnight sleeper carriage was booked in advance as these had to be coordinated with our flight plans. Mr Memphis offered me exactly the same prices as I had located over the internet and we paid just 25% in advance to secure the reservation. With this in mind, we decided he may as well arrange our hotel accommodation too!

We booked a private minibus transfer to collect us at Aswan airport to take us to the Isis Hotel on the side of the River Nile in Aswan at a cost of around £8 for 4 of us. The local representative from Memphis Tours arrived at our hotel the very next morning as arranged to provide us with the remaining travel vouchers for our trip and we paid him in cash as arranged.

Everything went very smoothly and we had an excellent adventure. I would most certainly recommend Memphis Tours to anyone thinking of holidaying in Egypt.

I hope you enjoy the photos!


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

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