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Old 09-06-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Again, I could spend my whole trip in the Khan El Khalili bazaar. You can make it easier by staying at an American type hotel. And if I wanted to spend my whole trip there, I would add in a Nile Cruise(Cairo to Luxor) and a few days at Sharm El Sheikh and swim in the Red Sea and do some snorkeling.
Oh my gosh, Khan El Khalili souk was soooo much fun! We went twice, and stayed out there one night until almost 2am...and it was still going strong! Roam around, cross under the road through the tunnel to the other side, explore the back streets. Eat the food. It might be a bit overwhelming if you aren't an experienced traveler, and you MUST be aware at all times, but we loved it. We walked a long distance for part of the way back to our hotel and that in and of itself, at 1:30am, was an experience.

Next trip, we are hoping to get to Sharm El Sheikh and do some diving in the Red Sea.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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Next trip, we are hoping to get to Sharm El Sheikh and do some diving in the Red Sea.
I've never been to Sharm but from what I heard it's too westernized. I mean for an American if you want a beach go to Florida or California, if you want to dive go to the Keys, really you don't need to travel 8,000 miles, it makes no sense. If you want to see amazing ancient monuments however of course go the Egypt.

Sharm is for the pastey-faces in England or The Netherlands that have sucky beaches and weather, then a trip down to Sharm I can understand.
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've never been to Sharm but from what I heard it's too westernized. I mean for an American if you want a beach go to Florida or California, if you want to dive go to the Keys, really you don't need to travel 8,000 miles, it makes no sense. If you want to see amazing ancient monuments however of course go the Egypt.

Sharm is for the pastey-faces in England or The Netherlands that have sucky beaches and weather, then a trip down to Sharm I can understand.
All true but there are different fish and diving experiences to be had. And it is very kid friendly.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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I also think that the filth is part of the experience. You don't want it to look sterile like a Disney theme park.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I've never been to Sharm but from what I heard it's too westernized. I mean for an American if you want a beach go to Florida or California, if you want to dive go to the Keys, really you don't need to travel 8,000 miles, it makes no sense. If you want to see amazing ancient monuments however of course go the Egypt.

Sharm is for the pastey-faces in England or The Netherlands that have sucky beaches and weather, then a trip down to Sharm I can understand.
You obviously aren't a diver, or you would understand the interest in far-away locales and diving. I could dive an aquarium here in Texas, too, but I did it while in Dubai and Thailand.

There is more to diving than the Keys and more to beaches than Florida or California, although I don't travel for beaches. I don't know how you got that from my response.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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I also think that the filth is part of the experience. You don't want it to look sterile like a Disney theme park.
There are 100 different scenarios between Disneyland and Cairo type of filth. We don't need to pick either extremity.
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Old 09-12-2017, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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If you have the opportunity to see Giza, you'd be remiss to pass it up. I would add Saqqara and the Red Pyramid onto that though. Far better experiences with fewer touts and "baksheesh". Khan a Khalili is great, but it's no Grand Bazzar, and luckily you'll get to do both.


Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Easy to have a fantastic time. If I was doing it, I'd do Cairo then Istanbul. Hit Cemberlitas Hammam to wash the Cairo grime out, and have a fantastic time.
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