A weekend in Cairo


We’re just back from a two day trip to Cairo and believe me it feels like we’ve had a weeks vacation. We’re back in Dubai feeling exhausted!
The Pyramids of Giza have always been on our bucket list so we jumped at the opportunity to tag a vacation onto our business trip. The Pyramids are amazing and they didn’t let us down.  One of our favourite travel experiences.

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Cairo is the largest city in Egypt with an estimated population of 12million people and believe me the traffic and the roads certainly confirmed the bedlam.

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.

We stayed at The Conrad Hotel and paid just a little extra for a room overlooking The Nile. Yes, the view was awesome, especially the sunsets, however the street noise was crazy! Car honking seems to be a national hobby! A nice hotel but on reflection, we would take a hotel away from such a hectic roadside location. The Marriott, in the Zamalek district was a refreshing oasis of calm away from the hectic street life of  Cairo. Set in 6 acres of palace gardens still just a short walk from The Nile.

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.
View from our hotel across The Nile

Crossing the roads you need to take your life in your hands and weave your way  between heavy traffic with confidence. A small price to pay to experience the energy of the city.

A short drive from the city takes you to the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, a symbol of ancient Egypt, guarding these ancient wonders of the world.

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.

We recommend privately hiring a camel or horse to trek across the desert to see the pyramids. It was definitely worth it for a once in a lifetime experience.

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.
My first camel ride!

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.

A few tips and changes we’d make if or when we go back.

  • Ladies, a shawl or cover up is an absolute must. Please remember that Egypt is a muslim country. Don’t wear short skirts or sleeveless tops. Believe me you’ll feel so much more comfortable if you avoid any tight fitting clothing, shorts and shoe string straps and dress conservatively
  • Visit the Egyptian museum late afternoon or evening when everyone else is heading back.
  • We’d definitely recommend taking a private guide and driver, avoiding the large tour groups and buses. They are reasonably priced and well worth the additional expense. we also found that the street vendors arn’t quite so annoying when you’re walking with a guide.
  • Pay the extra and take the camel or horse trek across the desert. Crossing the desert to the pyramids has to be one of my best all time experiences. Amazing!
  • At sunset take your camera and find yourself a spot along the Nile
  • Cross the Nile and wander around the Zamalek area
  • Find a reliable driver, hotel recommended, and visit the Egypt Museum and one of the many ancient churches. . Note: Be wary of unofficial guides!

Things to do over a weekend in Cairo.

Amazing photographers inspiring our travels


Inspiring travel photography. Taj Mahal by Robert Jahns.
Robert Jahns is an award-winning digital artist, photographer, and art director whose work has been on the spotlight for a while. This Award-Winning Photographer Is Taking The Internet By Storm With His Surreal Photo Manipulations
Johannes Hulsch landscape and travel photographer
Johannes Hulsch is a pretty talented landscape and travel photographer, drone pilot and student currently based in Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany.
Matjaz Krivic, Amritsar, India
Matjaz Krivic, Amritsar, India: A Sikh pilgrim takes a ritual bath in the sacred pool, known as the Amrit matjaz krivic Sarovar, in front of the Golden Temple. @theguardian.com
Inspiring travel photography. Ocean waves by photographer Clark Little
Hawaiian photographer Clark Little gets to the heart of the action and shoots ocean waves in Oahu as they roll over him @theguardian.com
Inspiring travel photography. Kimberley Coole, Sri Lanka
Photo by Kimberley Coole, Sri Lanka (2012).The Travel Photographer of the Year award
Inspiring travel photography. Rhino Silhouette’ by Khai Chuin Sim / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
Rhino Silhouette’ by Khai Chuin Sim / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.

 

Inspiring travel photography. Chris Burkard photography
@ChrisBurkardPhotography

A weekend in Amsterdam


Take a trip to Amsterdam over the Easter break and make the most of the four-day weekend in the cool, stylish and laid-back city. We highly recommend that you rent a bike like a local and cycle along the many canals, browse the boutiques, pick up trinkets from the canal-side markets and browse the vibrant art scene. You’re never far from a cool coffee shop to stop and take a break to people watch.

Rich with cultural history, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Architecture, museums, and galleries to rival any large city, a vibrant nightlife, traditional bars serving local beers to high-end nightclubs attracting world class DJs.

We loved the city so much and can’t wait to go back! Share with us your favourite places to visit in Amsterdam in the comments section below!
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Steve McCurry for Valentino Spring/Summer 2016 Collection


The afghan girl - Steve McCurry, National Geographic
The Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry, National Geographic

We were all mesmerised by US photographer Steve McCurry’s iconic image ‘Afghan Girl’ for National Geographic, so when we heard that he’d recently shot the 2016 Spring/Summer Valentino collection, we couldn’t wait to see the results. McCurry shot the African inspired collection in a Maasai village between Kenya and Tanzania, and as expected, the results are spectacular.

McCurry is renowned as a prestigious culture photographer, not a fashion photographer and as such he has majestically captured fashion and beauty and its interaction with the African culture.

Simply stunning! X

 

VALENTINO SPRUNG/SUMMER 2016

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For more images see, check out McCurry books or follow his blog

https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/

For Valentino see http://www.valentino.com

 

Featured photographer: David Lazar


David Lazar: an award winning travel photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia.

While looking for inspiration I came across this amazing photographer who captures beautiful images of locations and people that are rich in culture from around the world. His website provides his viewers with a glimpse into his travels along with some of the stories behind the photos.

David Lazar has contributed images to National Geographic, Asian Geographic and Lonely Planet.

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