My memories of the trip are of amazing monuments, friendly people, and carefree floating down the Nile. Quite a contrast to the images I see on the internet or television.
I met my friend in Cairo at the start of the trip and remember feeling perfectly safe walking around the streets of the city at 1am trying to shake off the jetlag.
|The pyramids just outside Cairo|
|Mosque in Cairo|
With its pyramids, tombs and other monuments, few other countries can give you a clearer sense of what everyone was up to five thousand years ago. It seems like Egypt was the happening hub.
|Cruising along the Nile|
|Church on Mt Sinai|
At that stage, I rationed my holiday photos to six rolls of 36 exposure for the three-week trip. This will make no sense to Gen Y and Z, but what it means is that I have a small but treasured collection of photos to remember my visit by.
In many ways I'm grateful I got to see Egypt during more peaceful times as it seems it might be a while before stability returns once more.
I for one would love to go back, even if it's just to expand my photo collection.
|Valley of the Kings, Luxor|