I'm addressing you as friends because I feel I know a lot of you
well from your messages and the desire to travel is a strong bond.
have been very helpful, and I would like to thank you and to return
the favor if I can. I've been a member of this group for a while, but
this is my first posting and I will be brief. This is not a
travelogue, but an outline of my recent trip so that if anyone has
questions I will be glad to answer them or provide any information.
In February-March of this year, I worked on an archaeology dig
near the Dead Sea in Israel for two weeks, spent some time in the Old
City part of Jerusalem, used Egged Bus Tours to visit some of the
other areas (eg. Gallilee, Acre, ) or travelled by bus myself or with
friends made at the dig (eg. Bethlehem, Eilat); took a taxi to
Israel/Jordan border, local Jordanian bus to Amman, taxi to Madaba
sites in area, taxi to Petra, bus to Aquaba, ferry to Sinai
met by representative of Viking Travel and driven to St. Catherine's
where I joined a group from Craig Tours Canada. We climbed Mt.Sinai
the early morning hours to view the sunrise, basked in the sun at a
Red Sea resort, flew to Luxor for a few days and then a Nile cruise
Aswan, flew to Abu Simbel,and finally flew to Cairo for a week. It
a fabulous and long anticipated trip of a lifetime.
I made most of my arrangements for the dig and the Egypt tour
through searching the Internet, my airline tickets from my travel
agent who got me a better deal than anything I could find on the
Internet, my visas for Jordan and Egypt from their embassies before I
left to avoid any hassles there, flew Air Canada to London and El Al
(very strict security) to Tel Aviv (visa stamped at Tel Aviv airport
on a sheet of paper rather than passport in case I wanted to go to
Syria; for Egypt and Jordan, it doesn't matter), flew EgyptAir from
Cairo to London and then Air Canada home.
I spent a day in London since I had time between my flights. I
4 pounds for a day pass ( covers subway and buses) at the subway
terminal, took the subway to central London (to Green Park near
Buckingham Palace and Ritz), watched Changing of Guard, rode bus for
a while, went to Trafalgar Square, visited National Portrait Gallery,
etc, walked a little (it was sunny but not very warm and I have been
in London several times, though not recently), ended up at the Royal
Haymarket Theatre where I discoverd that one of my very favourite
English actresses, Helen Mirren, was starring in a play there and a
Saturday matinee was beginning in half an hour. There was plenty of
time to catch the subway back to Heathrow after the play.
For people who are interested in National Trust and other
properties to rent in England, I just finished reading England As You
Like It by Susan Allen Toth. You will find it is delightful and/or
Finally, I am planning to visit France and Italy in
September-October and the plethora of information from all of you is
just marvellous. Now if I could just find the time to put it all
together, I could decide....
Thanks again for all your help.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada