The Past Month in D’Nile: An Illustrated Companion

25 Apr

Sorry about the silence around this blog lately. Between trips, illnesses, trips, playing, visitors and sorting things into piles, life in d’nile has been pretty busy. Here is an illustrated guide to what we’ve been up to in the past month.

Finn keeps me busy, especially since he discovered playing outside. Multiple times throughout the day, he’ll run to the front door and throw himself against it to let me know he wants to go out. It’s starting to heat up here though, so I’m not always super excited to take him outside. In other Finn news, he’s also started styling his hair ala Adam Lambert from American Idol.img_33424img_33232

Our awesome friends from South Bend, Jim & Kay came to visit us at the beginning of April and the adventure began. They’re part of our infamous and exclusive Sunday dinner group. It started when Patrick was a lonely and desperate bachelor and they started inviting him over for dinner after church each week, along with their best friends, Miles & Stacy. They claim it was out of kindness (and pity) but he claims he was being set up with a succession of girls. Anyways, while Patrick and I were dating Sunday dinners became a highlight in my week. By the time we moved away two years ago, we had grown into a very close group and all looked forward to Sunday dinners all week.

Anyways, Jim & Kay got in late at night and were up and ready to go the next morning. img_33541Finn was delighted with them and kept walking up to them and saying “hi!” in a tone that sounded like “I’m so happy to see you!” So the four of us piled into Adel’s taxi and went to Saqqara and Dashur for the day. We saw the Step Pyramid and then headed to Dashur. I’m terrible with my Egyptian history. All I could tell them was “umm, I think this is pretty old…” At Dashur, we went down inside the pyramid while Adel showed Finn off to the tourism police. We’re pretty sure he was charging them to take pictures with him.

Bright and early the next morning we flew down to Luxor. We dropped bags at the St. Joseph Hotel, a simple but respectable little place with a great location. Everytime we travel in Egypt, I worry that we’ll be staying at Habiba Village, but we’ve been fairly lucky. Our guide, a great guy named Sam, met us and took us out to the Valley of the Kings, where we saw some amazing tombs. He took us to a little visited one with spectacular paintings on the columns and wall.

From there, we headed to the Temple of Hatshepsut, but were pretty drained from the hot sun.img_3367 Finn was doing awesome. He slept in his carrier and occasionally we took him out and let him run around. He ws getting flushed too though so we didn’t spend too much time there. We headed over to a local place and had some good Egyptian food, then headed into a temple that I can’t remember the name of. It was impressive though and Finn did a lot of running there.

We were pretty wiped at this point so we decided to take a felucca ride to Banana Island. There was no wind out though, so a local who had a ferry came and tossed us a rope. We tied up and he towed us up and down the river, picking up other feluccas headed our way. At one point he was towing nine feluccas, all of us attached to another. img_3390Around this time, Finn decided he’d had enough and started melting down. We got to Banana Island, which was full of (surprise!) banana groves. We took a walk through and then sat down to have some fresh juice and bananas. Finn made friends with the islanders, as you can see. Don’t worry, no shisha was smoked in the taking of this picture.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Luxor Temple. Last time we visited, we were at the end of an exhausting day and didn’t enjoy it. img_3417This time, we were relaxed after our boat ride and the late afternoon light made the place look magical. We had a great time, then went to dinner and retired for the night after a long day.

In the morning, we headed to the Karnak Temple, which is just massive and stunning. Sam was so informative and we really learned a ton from him. Finn did a lot more running here and even climbed up on the altar of Amon-Ra.

From Luxor we headed to Hurghada, site of our failed fall break, for a couple days  of relaxing. This was no Habiba Village. Thanks to Jim’s points, we were staying at the Marriott.img_3452 At night, I slept on six feather pillows. It was heaven. We swam, went on a snorkelling trip (Patrick stayed behind with Finn), had great fish dinners and overall just really really enjoyed ourselves.

I was going to post more, but it’s really late and this post is long enough. Next I promise to update with an Easter Egg Smackdown, deadly seashells, beach weekend, and family trip to the pyramids.

In the meantime, check out our flickr account (on the sidebar). We uploaded a ton of pictures we took at the pyramids today!

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3 Responses to “The Past Month in D’Nile: An Illustrated Companion”

  1. Dre April 26, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    GREAT pictures! But yeah, I think he needs a haircut.

  2. Tracy M April 29, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    Oh he is the most DARLING boy ever! I do have a HUGE soft spot for redheads though…

  3. Nadine May 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    What a GREAT trip! Packed full, and lots of memories for you to last through these c-c-c-old winter months.

    You look AWESOME, Melissa. And Fin is adorable and I can hardly wait to meet him again!

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