I’ve always been fascinated by historic places. I can almost hear the resonance of footsteps and voices of those who have walked those paths before us. In 2001, (I can’t believe it’s 20 years ago!) I decided to go see the Holy Land and Egypt with Peggy and chose a cruise on-board the Olympic Voyager. Sadly, after booking, we were informed that the itinerary had been altered due to tensions in the Middle East so the Holy Land was taken out in favour of an extra night in Egypt. We were still excited to be heading off to see the Pyramids and Sphinx of course.
I remember so well that when we finally got to Giza (and got past the hassle of the hawkers), it felt very surreal to be finally standing beside these ancient man-made constructions: the Great Pyramid of Khufu (constructed c. 2580-2560 BC) and the Sphinx (built during the reign of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Khafre c. 2558-2532 BC!!).
As we stood there in awe, we were greeted by a local man of indeterminate age and very few teeth. He took a shine to Peggy and offered me seven camels for her as he needed a wife. Having considered briefly how I could house 7 camels in the underground carpark of my Gardiner Street apartment…not to mention what to do with all that camel dung….I had to politely decline his generous offer. Peggy’s response was “at least find me a fella with his own teeth”! 😊
So this blog covers where we went and what we saw. I hope you enjoy!
Day 1 - 15 June 2001 – Dublin to London Gatwick
t was necessary to get our Athens (Greece) flight from London Gatwick airport so we flew over with British Airways the previous evening which took an hour and 20 minutes …and stayed at the Holiday Inn. This was perfect as it was so handy to get our early morning flight the following morning.
Day 2 – 16 June 2001 – London Gatwick to Athens &
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