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April 30, 2012

A Trip Down the Nile

Today I thought I’d take you on a virtual trip to Egypt, on a trip down the Nile.

Our Ship for the Nile Trip 

Our ship was small, and it looked a little plain compared to some of the other floating palaces, but it was very comfortable.

b142 Felluca

We saw lots of felucca, the traditional sailing ships.

Kom Ombo Temple

Each day we stopped to view various temples and ruins on the banks of the Nile. This is at Kom Ombo Temple.

View from our ship

We sailed past green islands, used for grazing camels and cattle, and looked to the deserts beyond. It made for a glorious contrast of colors.

Abu Simbel

Once we reached Aswan, we organized a trip to the fantastic Abu Simbel. This entire site was moved to make way for a dam.

Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan

We also visited the Old Cataract Hotel when we were in Aswan. Agatha Christie stayed here and wrote Death on the Nile.

The Mummy is one of my favorite movies, so I was predisposed to enjoy a visit to Egypt. Smile  We had a lot of fun, exploring both the old and the new, and I highly recommend the experience if you ever have a chance to visit.


  1. Brinda

    Your pictures are amazing. I would love to see the Nile. :)

    • Shelley Munro

      It’s a busy waterway. Some of the boats are very luxurious.

  2. Maria Zannini

    The Mummy is one of my favorites too. :)

    I can’t get over how blue the water is. Is that a trick of the camera or was it really that color blue?

    • Shelley Munro

      The water looked a bit murky to me. I think it’s the extreme contrast of colors that make it look really blue in this photo.

  3. Savannah Chase

    Oh wow, those pictures are so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to Egypt.

    • Shelley Munro

      I hope you get there one day, Savannah. It’s so full of history.

  4. Angela B

    I would love to take a trip to Egypt. It’s an area so rich with history that I’d probably grin everywhere I went.

    • Shelley Munro

      It was a bit like that, Angela. Even away from the main tourist trail there was history and wonderful things to see everywhere.

  5. Steph

    I love The Mummy too! Looks like you had an amazing time in Egypt.

    • Shelley Munro

      It’s one of my favorites. I never tire of seeing it. :)

  6. Christine Ashworth

    I’m still worried about the political unrest. Is it safe to travel to Egypt? My hubby has been saying “no” for the past 15 years – now it’s “hell no”. Sigh…

    • Mr Munro

      So many people we know of have died recently. Most of them younger than us and we aren’t old! Well I don’t count being in my early 50’s old. Tell your husband to pack your suitcases and get on a plane to somewhere, better still take a cruise! I must admit Egypt at present may not be the best option, but think on the positive side, very few tourists! There may be a bus with your name on it so watch out crossing the street in your town.
      Don’t regret not doing things you may have done in 30 years time when you know you could have done them now!

  7. Jennifer Shirk

    I have always wanted to go to Egypt!!

  8. Lydia K

    Wow. I have yet to go to Egypt, but would absolutely love to someday! Thanks for sharing pictures of your journey. :)

  9. Heather

    Sounds like a fun and exciting adventure. Death on the Nile is one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels.

  10. Ciara Knight

    This is my number one place I’ve always wanted to visit. Of course, after my parents got stuck there in the middle of the riots, tear gassed and all, my hubby isn’t willing to let me go. Someday, I hope he forgets the horror we went through with them.