Saturday, February 26, 2011


Friday, December 2nd, 2005 Cairo….and the farewell dinner for part of our group…

Up about 6:30 am we were off to the airport for our flight back to Cairo for one last night at the Movenpick Heliopolis Hotel next to Cairo International Airport. It was a travel day with lots of repacking and resting at the hotel after we arrive.

A discovery during the flight: I’d left a small pair of fingernail scissors in my carryon bag. Security at the airport took them away from me; but, unlike the U.S.A., the scissors were returned to me when we arrived in Cairo.

Our farewell dinner was held at a permanently docked restaurant ship on the Nile River near the Egyptian Museum. It was called the Blue Nile and we all dressed up for the evening in our finest attire and enjoyed the long ride into Cairo for our dinner. When we returned to the hotel there was an engagement party happening in the ballroom. Rita talked to the girl’s father and convinced him to let us stand in the back of the room for a while to enjoy the festivities going on in the room. She told him that he was too young to have a daughter old enough to be engaged! Worked like a charm!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 Flight to Jordan.......

Eight members of our tour group left at the crack of dawn for their return flight back to the U.S.A. Those that were going to Jordan had a late afternoon flight. We all decided to leave some of our luggage with the hotel in Egypt as we would return for one night before going home. This made our trip much easier. There were things we left in Egypt that we wished we had in Jordan but it was good not to have the large suitcases.

In the lobby of our hotel was a huge metal Christmas tree and the lobby was filled with other holiday decorations. Made us realize how close we’re getting to Christmas. Our plane didn’t leave until nearly 5 pm so we had time to use the hotel Internet to contact the family and let them know for sure that we are still alive and well. By 2 pm we were at the airport and bid goodbye to Rita before entering into the terminal.

Hope you've enjoyed the end of our journey in Egypt and are prepared to read about our extended trip to Jordan. Thanks for taking the time to share this journey with us. Tune in tomorrow for a new adventure in Jordan…..

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