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Egypt 2011


Egypt 2011, a set on Flickr.

Here’s a selection of the 900 odd Photos I took in Egypt.

Counting down the days!

This time next week I expect to be milling around in Gatwick Airport, eagerly awaiting a flight to Luxor in Egypt for the start of what promises to be a fantastic Holiday!

As you can imagine, I can’t wait!   I’ve booked three weeks of Leave for this, meaning very little holiday during the year to date, so it’s been a long time coming!

The Itinerary is as follows:


Day 1 Wednesday.
Flights in to Luxor airport and transfer to cruise boat. Dinner is served onboard. An Overnight stay on the boat in Luxor.

Day 2 Thursday
Breakfast on the boat. Visit the to Karnak and Luxor Temples. Lunch and Dinner are served onboard. Overnight on the boat in Luxor.

Day 3 Friday
Breakfast on the boat. Visit to the West Bank of the Nile, including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s Temple in the Valley of the Queens and Memnon of Colossi.
Lunch and Dinner will be served onboard. Sail to Edfu. Overnight in Edfu.

Day 4 Saturday
Breakfast onboard. Visit to the site of the Edfu Temple.  Afternoon sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris.  Sail to Aswan. Lunch and then dinner
will be served onboard. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

Day 5 Sunday
Breakfast onboard.  Morning visit to the Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk.  A Panoramic sailing on a felucca seeing the magnificent Aga Khan’s Mausoleum.  Transfer to Aswan Airport for flight to Cairo.
Transfer from Cairo Airport to hotel. Dinner in your hotel.

Day 6 Monday
Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit the Pyramid’s, the Sphinx and the Desert Necropolis of Saqqara.  Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 7 Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities with highlights such as Tutankhamun’s burial treasures. Visit to the Citadel, Mohammed Ali Alabaser Mosque and the Bazaar. Dinner will be served at your hotel. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 8 Wednesday
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Cairo Airport.  Flight to Hurghada.  Transfer to Spa Resort on Red Sea Coast in Hurghada.

Day 9 – 14
Relax and enjoy!

So as you can see it’s a fairly full on first week visiting lots of Tourist sites, hopefully lots of Photo opportunities!  Followed by a second week of just relaxing and chilling out in a Spa resort before heading home!

As I write this, I have only four days left at work before my Leave starts, and it seems people are starting to wake up to the fact that I’m not going to be around for the next three weeks.  Seems like getting through this week is going to be hard work!  But it’ll be worth it!  As long as Thomas Cook don’t mess us about any more!!

An Unfulfilled Quest

I wrote a few days ago about my interest in a Fuji Finepix XP30 camera.  I wanted it specifically because of it’s underwater ability, and the dustproof/shockproof characteristics would come in handy for my grand holiday later in the year.

However, I’ve been dissapointed, and in retrospect I’m actually glad.

I went ahead and ordered the Camera from Amazon, together with a “Pro” class 16Gb SDHC card for it.  Unfortunately the day it was due to be delivered I was out of the office at a certain Football Stadium.  When I returned and found no parcel waiting on my desk, I contacted Amazon who confirmed that “Home Delivery Network” had put it through the letterbox at 9.02am, and hadn’t obtained a signature.

The only problem being there IS no letterbox at my work address!   Needless to say I contacted Amazon who went off to investigate.  They later confirmed that something had gone awry with the order, and were good enough to re-order both the camera and the memory card for me at no cost.   But the story doesn’t end there!  Of course the Camera itself is out of stock at Amazon now, and the only options are more expensive.  Amazon will be re-stocking but in 3-4 weeks time.

So I’ve been looking around for alternatives.  And having read through in more detail the reviews for the XP30, both at Amazon and elsewhere, I’ve phoned back and cancelled the Camera, and requested a refund.

There are a few alternatives out there, including the Canon PowerShot D10 (12.1 MP, 3.0x, 2.5″ LCD), or the Pentax Optio WG-1 (14MP, 5 x Wide Angle Zoom, 2.7″ LCD), the Panasonic Lumix FT3 (12.1MP, 4.6x Zoom) or the Olympus TG-310 (14MP, 3.6x Wide Angle Zoom, 2.7″ LCD)

I’m not sure which to look at, the Canon and the Pentax both have much better write-ups, and both come in at about the £220 mark.  While that’s a fair amount more than the Fuji XP30, it’s not unreasonable.  The Pentax appears to have the best specifications of the two.

I don’t expect this to be a fantastic camera, but I do want to be able to take it underwater.  The dustproof & shockproof nature also have some appeal given where I’ll be taking it.

Anyone out there have any experience with cameras like this and able to offer any suggestions?

Gadget Alert: Fuji Finepix XP30

I first noticed this gadget on the TV. Adverts featuring a Bungee Jumping guy who “catches” a camera in mid air, who then plunges underwater may be an amusing idea for an advert, but if the camera lives up to it’s hype then it has piqued my interest.

Fuji Finepix XP30

I’m off on a “big” holiday to Egypt later on this year, and I’m definitely interested in a pocket-camera that I could take underwater, or not have to worry too much about getting dusty etc. In previous years at Centerparcs we’ve purchased some of those single-use underwater film cameras they sold for splashing about in the pool with, so the idea of a reusable digital camera that works underwater is very interesting indeed.

I’m still undecided if I’m going to take my DSLR and a selection of lenses with me. I want to, and know that if I don’t I’ll most likely regret it forever after, but it’s a lot to carry around and will eat up the baggage allowance quite considerably! But of course that one isn’t a waterproof, dustproof, freeze-proof, drop-proof affair, the XP30 is (or at least so it claims).

Some of the reviews I’ve read of it are quite critical of the picture quality, but I’m not especially concerned about a high quality image from a cheap £115 camera.  It’s available in a number of different tacky colours if you’re interested!

So I’m still pondering whether to make the investment, or if I should leave it until nearer the time before we go.  If you or anyone you know has any experience with this little gadget, please let me have your thoughts!