Welcome to Luxor

This time we left the Sinai peninsula for good and went to the main part of Egypt, even though it wasn’t as we expected. Usually if you want to fly from Sharm to Luxor you have to go via Cairo. But mum found a direct flight to Luxor which was only meant to take 1 hour, she had tickets and everything.

When we arrived at Sharm airport they said our flight had been cancelled, well not exactly cancelled as they said there was no such flight so it basically didn’t even exist. There was another man there from Scotland who had booked the same flight.

So they said we would have to fly to Cairo but we had to wait 1 hour. The man very kindly bought us a drink each and then we started talking to him.

His name was Ronnie Browne. Some of you might have heard of him but don’t worry I hadn’t either. He is a famous Scottish folk singer who is in the band The Corries and Scotland wants to make one of his songs the Scottish national anthem.

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Ronnie – Travellingminstrel #1

So we talked and listened to his story until they finally said it was time to fly. We jumped on a medium sized plane and flew to Cairo. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of the pyramids but we didn’t see them.

After that we had to wait in Cairo airport until 2pm (we could have stayed at the hotel and had our breakfast!). Believe it or not the time went pretty quickly. But after 4 hours I was ready to leave. We sat with Ronnie the whole time.

One lady who had been on the same plane as us had gone to see the pyramids during that 4 hours so she was the last person to get on that plane and was a bit hot and bothered.

We finally made it to Luxor!

Our driver Farag was waiting there and he drove us to the west bank of Luxor (the opposite side of the Nile to the town center).

Our address was called Dirt road, west bank Luxor. We stayed on the ground floor of a three storey building. It had a kitchen, 2 bedrooms a bathroom with washing machine and a living room.

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Jed with the tortoise – Travellingminstrel #2
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A silly baby – Travellingminstrel #3
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Ragab and Jed – Travellingminstrel#4

There was no one else staying in the building. The roof terrace was a great area with a view of Luxor temple and the Nile.

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The Nile view – Travellingminstrel #5

Apart from having a mosque 100 meters away (which was very loud on fridays) it was great.
We booked it for 10 days and expanded it to 12 days near the end.

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Jedders – Travellingminstrel #6

Enjoy my next blog posts on Luxor!

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