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I've heard some not so great things from people who have been, particularly to Cairo, but I'd quite like to go.
I hear there's good scuba diving/snorkeling if that's your thing. Plus pyramids! I've never been though...
for gaining camels in exchange for your blonde daughters.
I think it's actually one place I might prefer to go on a guided tour, as it sounds pretty hectic.
I'm holding back from making anotherboringtravelthread, cheers.
I am just making preliminary plans for Krakow for a music festival in October. When are you going?
Plan is Wroclaw 7/10 -> Krakow 10/10 then back home on the evening of the 12th.
When's the festival?
Try going in winter if you have a choice - the square looks amazing with the snow, and you can sit nearby drinking vodka by a place with a fire.
If you're going out to Aushwitz, do it on the last rather than first day of your trip because you can feel on a downer the following day still.
The salt mine ballroom/chapel place just out of Krakow is worth a visit too
All sound like good tips, but October is locked in so no snow I guess...
I went with three mates and we did the whole Lonely Planet way of things meaning we all stayed in one room with beds in each place and ended up spending amounts like 60 Egyptian Pounds a night...which is pretty good value when you remember the exchange rate was roughly 11 Egyptian Pound to 1 GBP!
We did two weeks there, though three would have been better, going from Cairo down to Abu Simbal and then back through Luxor and the Western Oases and seeing the white desert.
Total cost each probably ended up being about £250 (this was 5 years ago).
The bad is how wearing it can get because you have to ready to bargain for ANYTHING and you have to make sure you never sit down to drink/eat without making sure you know what you'll be paying. It took me at least a week to get the hang of this sort of thing and for it not to stress me so much.
That said, those monuments are truly outstanding things and you'll really REALLY be impressed by all you see. It's pretty much a police state which is a bit disturbing but it does mean you're generally very very safe. :-/
This meant lots of breezes - comfortable but not stinking hot.
Egypt is THE place I am desperate to go to. I want to go so so much. but not the resort 'trips out in coach' way.
The only thing I hate is the roads and the way they drive. (most scary thing, ever). I stayed in a cool little place which was 45km from the nearest town, and did a yoga course and a bit of windsurfing and kiteboarding. Apart from when I was on the water, I stayed in the shade as it was scorchio- despite only dullbathing, I still got a very cool tan indeed, my best ever. I also did a trip to Mount Sinai and did the overnight mountain climb- I still get tingles when I think about the sun rising over the craggy horizon from the top of Sinai. I also pee-ed on a camel by accident half way up the mountain, but that's a wholeother story. Oh, and I got bottom searched on the way back (lone female traveller, Amsterdam stopover on way back- obviously a mule).
This was the place- thoroughly recomend it: http://www.moonbeachretreat.com/
I want to go back now, dammit.
That sounds ace. Was it expensive?