Posts Tagged "Egypt"

Suez Canal

At 600 AM on March 31, 2017, we entered the Suez Canal at the port of Suez City for a 9 hour transit to the Mediterranean Sea. The canal separates the Nile basin and the Sinai Peninsula the later being all desert.  In the canal many local fishermen in their small boats fish around the shore and bouys avoiding the large ships passing through. In February of 2016, a new section of the canal was opened allowing for ships to pass one another. There is lots of activity, such as continuous dredging in the canal, several ferry crossings and even a new city being built in the desert. The thumbnail...

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Suez Canal

We entered the Suez Canal on April 8, 2016 at 7:00 am at the City of Suez. Before we could start we had to take on two small mooring boats that would be used if we had to tie up to the shore for some reason. The desert haze was still very prevalent as it had been for the last two weeks. The canal splits the Sinai part of Egypt, with its’ stark desert scenery, from the African side, with it lush green fertile areas that are irrigated by the Nile River. There are many military outposts on both sides of the canal and walls being erected mostly os the Sinai side. This year a new section of...

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Suez Canal

April 3, 2015, found us at the South mouth of the Suez Canal with a view of Suez City. We were to start our transit of the canal at 11:00am but did not get underway until 4 in the afternoon, so we were anchored with other ships waiting to line up to join the northbound convoy. The canal goes from sea to sea without any locks that divides the African Continent and the Sinai Peninsula, which is mostly barren desert. It is walled with a great military presence and many military outposts, with guard towers, can be seen along the shores. We passed some green areas on the African side that were...

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Giza, Egypt

The Giza Pyramids in Egypt

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Port Said, Egypt (Giza Pyramids & Sphinx)

After docking in Port Said we comenced on our three and a half hour journey to Cairo’s outskirts of Giza and their famous pyramids. Once there we drove between and very close to the pyramids to a rise where we could get a panoramic view of all three pyramids and the city of Cairo in the background. After the stop on the rise we drove back to the smallest pyramid (Pyramid of Menkaure) where we got to explore it up close. Leaving the pyramids our next stop was the Sphinx. Here we roamed all around this marvelous structure. Our final venture was lunch on the Nile River. This was on a...

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