Forum Index

Trail Talk

Partners

Trip Reports
 

Stewardship
/History 

Gear
/Food/Photo

Support
/Links 

Saloon
/Trade 
Forum Index -> Trip Reports -> Travels in Egypt and Greece 2010
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Gimpilator
Member
Member


Joined: 12 Oct 2006
Posts: 625 | TRs | Pics
Location: Edmonds, WA
Post Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:08 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Seeing as the weather is bad now and there are a few other non-hiking trip reports being posted, I thought it would be okay if I posted one (there is some hiking).  This is primarily a photo trip report of a 6 week journey I took with my father in May and June.  We didn't know it at the time but we were lucky to miss the worst pacific northwest weather of 2010.




Growing up I always heard my father tell stories about his travels.  After high-school I followed in his footsteps exploring parts of Europe and North Africa.  But after two decades of raising us kids, I wanted to see him travel again, and be a part of it if I could.  I brought up the idea to him and he liked it.  We started in Cairo with the pyramids and worked our way south, up the Nile, stopped at various temples as we went.  I wanted to climb the great pyramid of Giza but "no climbing" signs were posted all over the place and armed guards yelled at me whenever I stepped out of bounds.  By far the most spectacular thing I saw on this third trip to Africa was the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.  Walking down long passage ways, every surface from floor to ceiling was covered in the most amazing artwork I've ever seen.  These paintings depict dream images and are still vividly bright with original color.  Unfortunately, no photography was allowed.  Near the border of Sudan we visited the temple of Abu Simbel which was cut out of solid rock.





Leaving Egypt we next set foot on the island of Crete and I was able to hike down through the longest gorge in Europe which is called Samaria.  We then took a ferry to the island of Santorini which was the best island of the trip.  We rented little scooters to get around cheaply and I found at least one trail to explore along the top of the old volcanic rim which created the island.  After Santorini it was off to the island of Naxos where I climbed Mount Zeus, the highest peak in the Cyclades Islands.  I also poked around in the Cave of Zeus which is one the mythological birthplaces for the god.  On the island of Paros I did a bit of snorkeling although the water in this part of the Mediterranean is fairly cold.  Moving on we spent some time in the city of Ermoupoli on the island of Syros and then we went to the island of Tinos but didn't stay long there.




For the final leg of the trip we went back to the mainland where I climbed Mount Olympus, the highpoint of Greece and mythological dwelling place of the gods.  I posted that trip report on NWH earlier this year.  Back in Athens, tensions were high and the political situation was crumbling.  Police in riot gear were posted in several parts of the city.  At this point I was struck with a case of swine flu and I spent several days in a hotel room watching mind-numbing Greek television while my father alternatingly doted on me and took the time to visit the new archeological museum.  Against his advice, I insisted on visiting the Parthenon before our flight home.




--------------
http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=25744
http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ClimbListC.aspx?cid=2650&sort=elevft&u=ft&j=-1&y=9999

Keep climbing mountains and don't slip!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
salish
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2001
Posts: 2268 | TRs | Pics
Location: Seattle
Post Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:57 am   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Wow, what a fantastic trip! I was in Egypt & Ethiopia the summer before last and visited Cairo, Giza & Luxor. My favorite part of Egypt was the Valley of The Kings. If you went there you must have passed these guys on the way:

I thought they were really cool because they are just sitting there without much fanfare. I regret not going down into the Nubian lands like you did.

Cliff

--------------
My short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my short-term memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Visit poster's website
silly_traveler
~ roaming ~



Joined: 04 Jun 2006
Posts: 1525 | TRs | Pics
Location: kirkland
Post Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:29 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

WOW!  up.gif

The Nile River is so modern  hmmm.gif  for some reason I've always pictured it looking ancient  doh.gif

Thanks for sharing, great pics!  smile.gif

--------------
♫ You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  And you're the one who will decide where you'll go.  Oh the places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail AIM Address
Gimpilator
Member
Member


Joined: 12 Oct 2006
Posts: 625 | TRs | Pics
Location: Edmonds, WA
Post Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:12 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

salish wrote:
If you went there you must have passed these guys on the way:

We did pass those guys and the Valley Of The Kings was the most impressive thing we saw while we were there.  I wish we could have explored more than three tombs.  If I was ever to go back I would buy 2 or three tickets so that I could go in 6 or 9 tombs.

*************************
silly_traveler -

As far as the Nile goes, it is very developed around Cairo but if you look off to the side there are many pyramids stretching off to the south.  I was always under the impression that there were just the main three but we could see many other large ones down south.

--------------
http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=25744
http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ClimbListC.aspx?cid=2650&sort=elevft&u=ft&j=-1&y=9999

Keep climbing mountains and don't slip!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
ree
Member
Member


Joined: 29 Jun 2004
Posts: 4101 | TRs | Pics

Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:08 am   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

FANTASTIC! up.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Eric
Peak Geek



Joined: 21 Oct 2002
Posts: 2019 | TRs | Pics
Location: Prestigious Renton
Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:39 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

I'm expecting another one of these reports in February!  biggrin.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Magellan
Brutally Handsome



Joined: 26 Jul 2006
Posts: 12304 | TRs | Pics
Location: Inexorable descent
Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:23 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing pal.  up.gif  up.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail
Bigfoot Jim
Member
Member


Joined: 13 Aug 2007
Posts: 259 | TRs | Pics

Post Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:35 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Was this trip freeform or a guded deal.. Looks great

We traveled in Greece for three weeks on our own, but wonder about Egypt?

I'd go back to Greece
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail
marta
wildflower maven



Joined: 07 May 2003
Posts: 1655 | TRs | Pics

Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:21 am   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Crete  up.gif  That is high on my list of places to go. Great wildflowers in the spring. Egypt looks great. I'm also curious if it was independent or group travel. Sounds like a great trip and thanks for the posting.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Visit poster's website
Gimpilator
Member
Member


Joined: 12 Oct 2006
Posts: 625 | TRs | Pics
Location: Edmonds, WA
Post Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:02 pm   
 Reply to topic Reply with quote

Good question.  Our research revealed that seeing the temples would be difficult and time consuming by land.  The alternative is a highly organized system of cruise boats that go up the Nile River stopping at the temples along the way.  We booked a 4 day cruise to see the best temples and ended with the extra package of flying down to see Abu Simbel.  Actually the Nile is teaming with these boats and you can see them moving in line up and down the river.

These four days on the Nile were guided with historic details and explanations.  The rest of the trip was "free form" and on our own.  I would recommend doing  the cruise because the alternative is with buses and many hassles.  Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions but make sure it's before Christmas because I'm going traveling again for a month and won't be able to respond.

Adam

--------------
http://www.summitpost.org/user_page.php?user_id=25744
http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ClimbListC.aspx?cid=2650&sort=elevft&u=ft&j=-1&y=9999

Keep climbing mountains and don't slip!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
  
Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours 
 Post new topic Reply to topic
Forum Index -> Trip Reports -> Travels in Egypt and Greece 2010  
  Happy Birthday OwenT, ryan_mcginnis!
 
Jump to:   
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
Search this topic: 


   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group
Privacy Policy