The Nubian Village in Aswan

shaneDestinations, EgyptLeave a Comment

Our last full day aboard our Nile River cruise was spent in Aswan. After seeing the main sites early in the day, we had the option of adding an extra excursion for a nominal cost. Our group agreed that a visit to the Nubian village sounded appealing, so we all boarded a small vessel and sailed upstream. When the high dam was … Read More

Kom Ombo Temple and the Sacred Crocodiles

shaneDestinations, EgyptLeave a Comment

On the third day of our Nile River Cruise we visited the Horus Temple at Edfu early in the day and the Temple at Kom Ombo in evening. The sunset made Kom Ombo a breathtaking sight to behold, turning it into one of the highlights of the trip. The site is actually host to two temples, one dedicated to Harwer … Read More

Temple of Horus at Edfu

shaneDestinations, EgyptLeave a Comment

The Horus Temple at Edfu is an incredibly well-preserved example of Egyptian architecture. It was built during the Ptolemaic period, with a starting construction date of 237 BC making it “only” 2200 years old, which is fairly young compared to some of the other ancient sites in Egypt. Edfu is a small town on the west bank of the Nile, … Read More

11 Essential Cairo Experiences

shaneDestinations, EgyptLeave a Comment

Cairo is almost as old as the sands around it, steeped in a history and legend so rich, few places can compare. If you’re planning a trip to this capital city, we humbly suggest a few items for your checklist: Obviously you’re going to see the pyramids, but did you know that you can go inside of many of them, … Read More

Hotel Review: Guardian Guest House, Cairo

shaneDestinations, Egypt, ReviewsLeave a Comment

Cairo is home to 21 million people, so there are ample hotel options across the megacity. But if you’re interested in waking up to views of the Giza Pyramids outside your window, then one option rises above the rest. Guardian Guest House is a small property adjacent to the Giza Plateau, and for the budget friendly price of just $60/night, the … Read More

Hotel Review: Kelebek Hotel in Goreme, Turkey

shaneDestinations, Reviews, Turkey4 Comments

One of the things that draws thousands of visitors every year to Cappadocia in central Turkey is the prospect of staying a “cave hotel.” These wind-carved structures have been hollowed out and lived in for centuries, and with the uptick in tourism, many are being converted into hotels. On our second trip to Cappadocia we stayed at Kelebek Hotel in … Read More

Hotel Review: Hotel Carina, Kusadasi

shaneDestinations, Reviews, TurkeyLeave a Comment

If you’re looking to travel to Ephesus, your best bet is to either day trip from Izmir, or spend some time at seaside resort town Kuşadası. If you opt for the latter, the Hotel Carina is a nice, affordable option to inject some resort-like amenities into your Turkey adventure. Hotel Carina | From $60 Location: Most of the action in Kuşadası revolves … Read More