27 Apr 2009

Walk like an Egyptian

Ruth and I just got back from a jolly holiday in Egypt. Here's what we found.

  1. El Gouna is a nice, safe, gated town about half an hour's drive up the red sea coast from Hurghada.
  2. The Moevenpick El Gouna is a nice hotel complex composed of several "clusters" of rooms set around a number of lagoons and pools. However, some clusters are nicer than others. We initially got put in cluster 7 in a grim room and a sewage smell outside. We complained to our Thompson rep and got moved to a great room in cluster 3.
  3. Downtown El Gouna is good for supermarket shopping but poor for evening eating.
  4. El Gouna Marina is very nice for evening nosh, especially Bleu Bleu restaurant.
  5. The TukTuks are everywhere and cheap.
  6. The Mosquitos are buggers! Bring protection.
  7. You have to swim out quite a way to get to decent coral, but it is out there.
  8. The purple jellyfishes are harmless.
  9. The desert tour to see the bedouin camp is not worth it.
  10. Hurghada is a sad, ugly post-credit-crunch disaster.
  11. The Red Sea in April is lovely and warm but not overbearingly hot.
In short, lovely holiday!

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