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Friday, 13 November 2009

Bertie lands in Egypt....

Hi everyone - female human here, sitting in sunny Egypt, writing this missive from the roof of our flat in Luxor which overlooks Nile and the Valley of the Kings! It is a sunny 34 degrees here on Friday the 13th - which means it the most religious day of the week. The call to prayer is sounding all around us, mingling with the sounds of the donkeys, the geese, the cows, the cockerels and the faint strain of a distant dog barking (could it be JD or Max, all the way from England?! Nope! Although it might be my imagination playing tricks with me because I'm missing them so much!)

Our friends who live on the groud floor - the matriarch of the family is the best cook in Egypt!!

The family in the flat below are burning incense on their doorstep and along the small village streets children are running around and shouting happily as they play football - this is the Egypt I love so much.

The view from our roof....

The Egypt I DON'T love so much hasn't surfaced yet - although it's hotter than usual for the time of year I've managed to stay out of the uncomfortable heat and amazingly I've only got one mozzie bite so far - I've usually got over 30 by day 2 so those ankle and wrist straps I'm using this time round actually seem to be working for a change! It's good to be back and I'm very, very relaxed!

....another view from our roof!

I first came to Egypt in 1999 - it was a birthday present from my husband for turning 30. Like most people I was fascinated by the history and wanted to witness some of its splendour first hand - I didn't realise I'd fall so hard for the people and - well, let's face it - the FOOD too!! We've been back almost every year since and in 2005 finally got ourselves a little flat overlooking the Nile in the middle of an Egyptian village. We have made many good friends here - the family below look after our flat when we're not here and when we are here the meals they cook for us are truly spectacular! Egyptian hospitality really is amazing - when they say 'pop in anytime' they actually mean it - when I say it I'm usually just being polite, he he he.....!!!

The West Bank - we look over this from our roof - this is where the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles is

We really miss the boys - in the evenings what I wouldn't give for a schnauzer snuggle! But they ran into the kennels without so much as a backwards glance - they really seem to enjoy it there which is really good. They'll be very pleased to see so much interest in their 'bootie-licious' competition - thank you so much to everyone who has either entered or posted a link to it, I can't wait to go through all the entries with the boys and then show them to Santa & Minnie and Nellie & Calvert! And - isn't this wonderful - Groucho (the inspiration behind it all!) has sent everyone a good luck message which we're posting below....(click to biggify!!!)

Groucho sends good luck to everyone!

Right, well, I'm off now as me and hubby are off to go quad biking in the desert - woo-woo! We'll post photos of Bertie at some landmarks soon and if I get a chance I'll visit some blogs, but I might not get a chance as I'm finding out that relaxing is quite a time-consuming pass time, he he!

Egyptian sunset viewed from a sailing boat....

....and Egyptian sunset viewed from our roof!


Bruce said...

Wow, what a nice surprise! Have fun and enjoy this magical place!
your pal,

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

i can't believe this post. going to go read it again--specially the part about owning a flat in Egypt

Clive said...

On a wet miserable and very cold day in Dublin, that was a real tonic to read! The photos are fab - Luxor is a place I have always wanted to experience.

Can't wait for your next update and more photos.

Enjoy every second!

take care
Murray's Mom

elbouwii said...

what a pretty place :3

El'bow and Hauwii

Santa and Minnie said...

We have missed you and have been waiting for this post. Can't wait for your next post with more pictures.

Have fun and enjoy!!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

The view from your roof is amazing!

Dory and the Mama said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful post!


We love Luna said...

What a view my dear friend!
Egypt!!! So far away!Magnificent trip!
Enjoy it and thanks for sharing these pictures so beautiful!
Mommy Léia and little Luna

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Dear Female Human
It is animal cruelty to inflict such wonderful scenes on our poor selves sitting here listening to the rain, BOL!
Those photos are wonderful and it sounds incredible in Egypt, we are glad the boys enjoy their visit to the kennels, the people must be really nice there.
Wags and kisses, Dinah, Bridget and Elliot xx
ps, we will enter the contest when mother finally gets her bootie into gear!

Honey the Great Dane said...

What lovely views! Sounds like you're having a great time. We're really enjoying your post coz Paul had a great holiday in Egypt with his brother when he was younger - really bringing back the memories. I've never been and would really like to one day! :-)


Cobi said...

The view is great....maybe we should consider going to Egypt for our next holiday destination :)

Adeline aka Cobi mummy

The OP Pack said...

Thanks for sharing your fun trip. The photos are so beautiful, especially the sunsets.

Woos, the OP Pack

Anya said...

I wish I was there.....
Have fun and enjoy
Anya :)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Tank woo fur sharing!


Oskar said...

Wow, a flat in Egypt. My mom person has always dreamed of being able to go there. Enjoy!

parlance said...

What a wonderful holiday. Please keep showing us these great pictures and telling us about the lovely friendly people. It's the only way to break down barriers of prejudice, I think.

parlance said...

What a lovley holiday destination. Please, please keep showing us photos and telling us about the friendly people. I never hear positive things about Egypt (only bad news gets into the media).

By the way, could you explain a bit more about the anti-mozzie wristbands?