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Feature Article

Ecole Française d'Hurghada

Ecole Française d'Hurghada
Open Day Cocktail
Sunday 21st of May
from 5pm till 9 pm

Deux cultures ... Trois langues

Depuis 2004, l'Ecole Française d'Hurghada est une école d'ambassade qui propose un enseignement de qualité à caractère interculturel et de niveau international aux enfants de toutes nationalités à partir de 3 ans jusqu'au Baccalauréat.

Enseignement en français et diplôme reconnu (conforme aux instructions officielles du Ministère Français de l'Education Nationale) dispensé par des enseignants de langue maternelle française.

Formation plurilingue : anglais et arabe.

Two cultures .... Three languages

Since 2004, the French School of Hurghada is an Embassy school which has offered a high quality of teaching of international level standards on a multicultural basis to children of all nationalities and from three years old.

Teaching in French recognized (conforming to the official instructions of the French Department of National Education) and provided by native French speaking teachers.

Teaching of English and Arabic.

Ecole Française d'Hurghada
Annexe de l'hôtel



Make your Escape.... Museums Across Egypt



Here are a few for you to consider, from wonderful to weird.
Believe it or not, Egypt is awash in museums, some of which must surely qualify as being among the weirdest in the world. They were never intended that way, but we’re nonetheless glad they are. Some of the oddest and most interesting:

The Railways Museum (Cairo: Ramses Station)

Conceived as a technical and scientific display for the 1933 International Railways Conference, held under the auspices of the benevolent King Fouad, the building is adjacent to the Cairo Railway Station. When it opened on January 15, 1933, it was the first museum of its kind in the Middle East.

The museum, still occupying the same premises, features 600 models and exhibits, in addition to impressive collections of old and new signaling devices, up-to-date statistical information and documents, maps and blueprints of Egyptian train stations, bridges and different types of rails.

Among the most interesting exhibits is a large collection of models tracking the development of the first locomotive in the world, built in 1783. Children should particularly enjoy climbing into the private railway wagon of Viceroy Said (r.1854–1863). Chances a

re people will board trains at the station all their lives without suspecting the existence of this delightful display.

The museum is not visible from the main thoroughfare, but station employees are only too happy to show the way to visitors. Fees are supposed to be nominal for Egyptians, but the attendant at the door charges according to his whim. A fee is also charged for cameras if one intends to take pictures, a good idea since the photographs in the catalogue are totally blurred. The guides are reasonably well acquainted with the exhibits, but speak only Arabic.
The catalogue sold at the door is of great help to identify the types and models of trains and understand their function.

On the north side of the Ramesses Square is the Central Station, with the Railway Museum.Ramses Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Tel: (02) 576-3793.

The Postal Museum (Cairo: Al-Ataba Square)

Another of King Fouad’s endeavors, located on the second floor of the Cairo General Post Office in Ataba, the Postal Museum was established in 1934 but only opened to the public in 1940. It is miraculously preserved in mint condition: Well-tended glass cases contain dozens of iconic little figures dressed in the various postal uniforms worn since mail was first distributed in Roman times. Old seals of different sizes and shapes fill two whole cases in a corner. Valuable collections of stamped envelopes from all over the world can be examined at leisure and framed pictures of postal carriers of different periods grace the walls.

One of the walls features a fascinating collage, representing the Sphinx with the sun behind it, made of thousands of identical stamps showing the same scene of the Sphinx and the sun — almost as impressive as David Robert’s representation of the same scene. Documents found in Tel El-Amarna are also displayed, as well as the first document forwarded by post in 2000 BC from a government scribe to his son — a letter emphasizing the importance of writing.

The museum's area is 543 square meters and it has more than 1254 exhibits in its ten different sections which are: a historical section, a section for postal equipment, a third for stamps, a fourth for postal buildings, a fifth for transport, a sixth for costumes, a seventh for maps and statistics, an eighth for air mail, a ninth for conferences and lastly the tenth for foreign mail.

The staff is eager to please, and the guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Tel: (02) 391-0049.

National Police Museum (Cairo Citadel)

A small but interesting museum devoted to Egypt’s most sensational murders and assassinations (strangely, Sadat’s is overlooked).

The challenge of fingerprinting is exemplified by bizarre photos of people with extra digits, fingerless amputees and a real-life Edward Scissorhands. Another exhibit showcases painted plaster molds of a gunned-down criminal’s foot, hand and grimacing face.

It also showcases the 40 cells in which political prisoners were detained and tortured during the 50s and 60s.

Tel: (02) 512-2549, 8am-5:30pm (summer) 8am-4:30pm (winter)

Hunting Museum (Roda Island)

Manial Palace, Cairo - Built by Prince Mohamed Ali (1875-1955), between 1901 and 1929, this palace complex houses six structures including a hunting museum belonging to the late King Farouk, the prince’s residence and furnishings and a beautiful garden.

Farouk, the last king who was deposed in 1952. The museum has a good collection of stuffed animals and trophies.

The residence of Prince Mohamed Ali is very interesting with all the riches of artifacts and workmanship. There is also a throne room that is a replica to a similar room in the citadel illustrating furniture used by Mohamed Ali (not the prince), the founder of the dynasty.

There is also a throne room with lots of sofas arrayed on the sides of the elongated hall.
On the wall there are paintings of all viceroys and Khedives of Egypt before rulers acquire the title "king."

Another museum is located in the palace housing Prince Mohamed Ali's rich private collection. This collection includes silver, glass, costumes, carpets, portraits, porcelain, korans and furnuture.

Tel: (02) 368-7495, open daily 9am–5pm

Military Museum (Port Said)

The “1,000-lb grenade” (really an artillery shell) in the garden can be written off as bad labeling, but the scale models present alternate realities. Ghostly-white Nasser preaches to decapitated fans crushed beneath a fallen beam in one model. In another, soldiers spray the Bar-Lev line with cotton wool while their armless comrades struggle to ascend it. 23 July Street, Al Arab, Port Said.

Tel: (066) 322-4657. Open Saturday to Thursday, 9am–2pm.







News ... El Gouna


El Gouna FC will meet famous Egyptian League club Itthad from Alexandria on 27 May 2006 at 16.00 hrs in the first round proper of the Egyptian Cup. Although this fixture was originally scheduled to be played at the breathtakingly beautiful Estad Eskanderia it has been changed to El Gouna's home ground.

El Gouna reached the first round by eliminating El Minia 1-0 at home in December in the preliminary second round. Play-off rivals Telefonad Beni Suef played at home to Al Ahly on 2 May 2006 and lost 1-0. It means that El Gouna FC and Itthad have all to play

for, clashing with mighty Al Ahly in the second round.

More about El Gouna FC @ www.elgounafc.com






El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination

What's on... in CAIRO


RICKY MARTIN :::: LIVE IN CAIRO @ Media City Production !!!!

For the first time in Egypt, the international Latin Pop music superstar, will ignite the summer season with his one night tour Live Concert on May 29th 2006 at 9 p.m.

Press conference
On 28th of May, a press conference will be held announcing Ricky’s Live Concert on the 29th of May.

His new ground-breaking album Life that represents a new multicultural twist coupled with his amazing hits, captivating a large number of audiences.

Egypt’s Media Production City, the biggest ever built information and media complex, is located in 6th of October City, Southwest of Cairo. The Concert will take place in the Pharonic Village, the biggest venue in Media Production City, which hosts 30,000 people.

Ricky Martin - One Night Only Tour 2006
Where: Media Production City
Doors Open@ 9:00 PM
Price: 250 L.E

more info HERE







Body & Soul ::: HAND CARE

Caring for your hands

When you hear about wrinkles and skin aging, your first thoughts are about face and neck. But the earliest signs of aging will show on your hands.

The condition of the hands depends on the care you give them. The skin on the back of the hands is soft and thin and prone to early wrinkling. Whereas the skin on the palm is thick and tough. The palm has no sebaceous glands, thus no natural lubrication thus they can become dry and rough.

Keep your hands clean, soft and moisturized daily.


  • After your bath or any washing , always massage your hands with a lubricating cream. In fact, barrier creams should always be used when tackling particularly dirty and greasy jobs.
  • Every night, before bedtime, massage your hands with a cream for few minutes.
  • Keep moisturizer close. Keep a jar on the counter , in your bag and on your desk and get into the habit of applying the cream several times a day. And don't forget the nails. They can benefit too.
  • Apply cream on moist hands . After washing your hands, pat dry and, while moist, use a moisturizer on the hands, cuticles and nails.
  • Best hand moisturizers . Chemically enhanced moisturizers that contain urea of lactic acid are even more efficient in binding water to the skin (Uremol, Calmurid, Lachydrin, Lacticare).
  • Baby your hands in winter Instead of using harsh soaps on your hands, reach for baby wipes instead. They won't strip the moisture from your hands and at the same time leave them soft and smooth. The hands have very few oil glands and can easily develop cracks.
  • Moisturize your cuticles to prevent hangnails. Never cut your cuticles because they serve as barriers that prevent bacteria from entering the body. Instead, soften them and gently push them back with a soft cloth. Use tiny sweeping circles around the base of the nail. Moisturize afterwards

Recipe to take care of your Hand ... !!

:::::Herbal Hand Bath::::


* 1 tbsp of herbs ( all or one of : chamomile, nettle, sage, coltsfoot, calendula)
* 1 liter of water


* Bring the water to boil and pour over the herbs
* Let the infusion cool to 38-40 degrees Celsius
* soak your hands in it for about 15-20 minutes.
* Dry your hands thoroughly and apply a rich moisturizer.






  • International Cuisine
  • T-Bone, Porterhouse and Filletsteaks
  • Incredible Delicious Salads
  • Daily Specials
  • Sandwiches to match a Main Course
  • Cake & Sweet of the Day
  • Variety of Bread from our Bakery
  • Catering & Party menu

Parents & Kids -


Children Books in Arabic language available now !!

While I searched for something to post in our Weekly Parents & Kids Section - I found some german Childrenbooks translated into Arabic. Thought it might be interesting for some of you.


Der Seltsame Krieg
The Strange War
Moonchild, Star of the Sea
Der Regenbogenfish
The Rainbow Fish

Preis: 15 LE / $3
Preis: 32 LE / $ 5
Preis: 48 LE / $ 7

Wo steckt Tella?
Where does Tella hide?

Konferenz der Tiere
The Animals' Conference
Preis: 32 LE / $ 5
Preis: 25 LE / $ 4.50






Special Announcements :::May 2006 :::

:::15th May:::
Exhibition opening Photography and paintings by Norwegian artist Berit Moe @ Cafe del Mar

Ladies Cocktail Night @ Cafe del Mar

Not forget to catch your new resident discount cards!

Café del Mar jetzt auch in Marsa Alam, @ “The Oasis”, Beach Resort für Taucher und Individualisten, die nicht in Hotelfabriken wohnen wollen! Power Relaxing am Roten Meer
Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts


Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe


For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Smucker's Blueberry Preserves
  • For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  1. Grease and flour 8- or 9-inch square baking pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
  2. In medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and allspice. Add melted butter, egg and milk. Mix vigorously until well blended.
  3. Pour half of batter into greased and floured pan; spread Smucker’s preserves evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter.
  4. Combine topping ingredients; mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of coffee cake.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.



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