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Hurghada, Egypt

6 Jul

Having just returned for Egypt with little to do before I return to work tomorrow I have selected a few photographs from my trip to share on my blog.

I was fortunate enough to swim with dolphins in the wild and explore the coral reefs. We also went quad biking, camel trekking, watched the sunset over the mountains in the dessert before doing some star gazing. Seeing how people survive/seem to live quite happily in the dessert was very interesting. My photographs show some of the people who live in the dessert. They weave bags, rugs and scarves to sell to tourists in order to buy basic supplies for their village.

The extremes between rich and poor were very evident in Egypt. We saw expensive luxurious hotel resorts, golf courses and an American built marina with an array of very costly boats, around the corner from the marina was a fish market. The stench at the market was horrific, with an abundance of flies and very skinny malnourished cats. A lot of Hurghada where we were situated was a mix of 5* hotels surrounded by tumble down ruins, partially constructed buildings and litter.

If I return to Egypt it will be to visit the ancient historical sites at Luxor, the pyramids, Cairo and to take a trip on the Nile.

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A Trip to Oban

2 Feb

For my 24th birthday we travelled to Kinlochleven to do some ice climbing. I enjoy rock climbing but found ice climbing a lot more challenging, I think it will take a while for me to master the technique! Following the ice climbing we stayed in Oban overnight in a lovely sea view room. We enjoyed the spa and a fantastic 6 course tasting menu. The next door we explored Oban. The photographs below are taken from the McCaig Tower a prominent landmark. After lunch in Oban we began the 4.5 hour journey home to Cumbria. On the way home I spotted Kilchurn Castle illuminated by the sunshine and we stopped on the roadside to take some photographs!

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Spinalonga

23 Jan

Having read the book ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop I was particularly keen to visit Spinalonga. Although I did enjoy my visit, I was participating in an organised tour and felt I did not have long enough to look around. Below are some of the photographs I took.

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Agios Nikolaos, Crete

23 Jan

We spent a few hours in Agios Nikolaos, wandering through the narrow, bustling streets. I found the lake to be particularly picturesque.

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Heraklion, Crete

23 Jan

When staying in Koutouloufari a wonderful little hillside village in Crete we decided to visit the capital Heraklion. We traveled to Heraklion by bus and spent a day exploring the city.

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Saklikent Gorge, Turkey

21 Jan

Whilst visiting the Saklikent Gorge we had the chance to walk a small section of the gorge before tubing down the river, which was fantastic!

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Kayakoy, Turkey

21 Jan

Kayakoy is an interesting and picturesque ghost town with a lovely little restaurant, a few camels and a donkey.

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