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Old 07-09-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In my experience, and that of other people Ive known who traveled in Egypt, you had better have very thick skin. There is no country in the world where people are more likely to rudely insult you and not care how you feel about it. Be prepared for that, and just ignore them, they will not harm anything but your sensitivities. They are very few, but they do exist and hard to completely avoid.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Mlaga
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It is quite a long time since my last visit to that area ( I went as part of an Archaeological field-trip with Uni ) but I would recommend St Catherine's Monastery ( Byzantian) and the Chapel of the Burning Bush, and the Seven Elders Anphitheatre too.

Both on Mount Sinai and it might be better as an overnight trip as it will be a long day .

Serabit al Khadem I think is the only ancient Egyptian site within reach from Sharm from memory and still quite a long way ( about 250kms each way I think) . It was a mining site for Turquoise and there is a temple. I think you might need a guide though ( ??).

We saw quite a few Wahamis ( bronze age burial grounds) too whilst in that region .

I suspect you can get a tour to pretty much anywhere of interest as Shark el Sheikh is so touristy . I found this link which might help a bit :


Sharm El Sheik, Egypt - Sinai Sites

Compared to the rest of Egypt obviously more slim pickings but I think you still find things of interest if you get a decent guidebook and do a bit of online research. It was quite easy for us as we were taken by an Egyptian Archaeologist to all the different places but sadly I don't remember everything . Sorry.
Thanks for that Ill look into it, Id love to see the main sights too well I am hoping I have no problems when I decide to go.

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In my experience, and that of other people Ive known who traveled in Egypt, you had better have very thick skin. There is no country in the world where people are more likely to rudely insult you and not care how you feel about it. Be prepared for that, and just ignore them, they will not harm anything but your sensitivities. They are very few, but they do exist and hard to completely avoid.
Sounds horrible, is there a reason for this?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Thanks for that Ill look into it, Id love to see the main sights too well I am hoping I have no problems when I decide to go.



Sounds horrible, is there a reason for this?
I must admit I have never had that experience in Egypt ( I have been a few times,my Dad had an ex army buddy living in Cairo). I have been hassled within an inch of my life by market traders but I have always found Egyptians to be incredibly friendly and hospitable if a little hyper.

Even when I was travelling solo, I found myself being "harassed" but never in a threatening manner and I was made very welcome anywhere I went. And this was the same anywhere in other North African countries and the Middle East as well. I was often dragged to lunch, dinner, invited for Mint Tea, and on a few occasions even invited to family events like Weddings ...

I don't know how the climate has changed since the Arab Spring though.
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