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Desert Day Trips
Hit the sand with a group of friends — if you can read a map

You don’t have to be a diehard camper to enjoy the beauty of Egypt’s Western Desert. For those who don’t have time or inclination to spend long hours or even days en route to Egypt’s famous oases of Bahariyya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga, day trips near and around the Fayoum area are a good way to get a feel for the desert without committing yourself to a prolonged or particularly gruelling trip.

It’s a good idea to get an early start to your day-long safari — no later than 7 or 7:30am is a good rule of thumb — to give yourself time to trek leisurely through the desert and be back on asphalt by sunset. You’ll need a minimum of three 4WD vehicles to form a small caravan, a GPS (global positioning system) device and at least one person in your group who knows east from west on the hand-held. Although the road to Fayoum (approximately 90 kilometers away from Cairo) is well paved, it is much more fun to off road shortly after reaching the main highway.

There are several spots of interest in this part of the Western Desert, including Wadi Al-Hitan, Kasr El-Sagha and Dimeh El-Siba, but just driving through the vast desert with its unique rock formations and wide open sky is therapeutic. You breathe easier, think clearer and see further — an ideal respite from the stifling noise and congestion of the city.

Wadi El-Hitan is 30 kilometers west of Lake Qarun. It has been called the largest fossil graveyard in Africa. The name Valley of the Whales comes from the fossilized skeletons of primitive whales which have been found there in abundance. Fossils of ancient species of sharks, Dogfish and some land mammals are also present at Wadi El-Hitan. Almost all the fossils date to the late Eocene-Oligocene period (some 31-40 million years ago) when the Fayoum area was a delta for a number of rivers coming from the east and the sea was just to the north. The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency has cordoned off the whale skeletons that lie in the sand. Approximately 250 of them have been identified in the area, but some have since been looted and tighter security is now in place. Wadi El-Hitan is a must-see, but it’s a bit of a break from the total tranquility of the desert. On weekends, the ancient graveyard is usually surrounded by a dozen or so 4WDs owned by a predominantly expat crowd and a smattering of small day-use tents. It’s illegal to camp overnight in this national park, which closes at 5pm.

Also west of Fayoum, nestled on the side of the Gabal Qatrani Range, is Kasr El-Sagha, the remains of a small, charming temple dating back to the Middle Kingdom. Feel like an archaeologist making a brand-new discovery as you wander through an area that’s typically bereft of visitors.

If you continue south from Kasr El-Sagha, you’ll find the scant remains of the Ptolemaic city of Dimeh El-Siba and Karanis, another site that is off the beaten tourist track. Children in particular love wandering around and playing Indiana Jones while exploring this site.

The best part of a desert safari of this nature is that you don’t have to stick to a fixed itinerary. There are no lines, tickets or security checks of any sort to worry about. If you find an interesting spot for a short hike, you stop or if you come across a dune that you would like to explore, you do so. But the stops have to be decided upon and made as a group. Vehicles communicate with one another via walkie-talkies; neither MobiNil nor Vodafone Egypt has coverage in this part of the desert.

It is extremely important that the caravan leader sticks to a basic pre-planned route for the day without wandering too far off course, or you will find that you lose all sense of time and end up far from the asphalt shortly before sunset. The caravan leader will assign each car in the group a particular order that must be strictly adhered to with the most experienced drivers placed in the front and back of the caravan. No one should be allowed to wander off on their own, even if they are in possession of a GPS.

So far as food and shelter are concerned, the simple rule here is bring your own. You won’t find snack bars and coffee shops in the desert. Make sure that you have plenty of water, enough for more than one day in case of emergencies. Even in the winter the desert gets scorching hot at noontime and it is easy to become dehydrated.


Desert Excursion

Wadi El-Hitan

Kasr El-Sagha

Dimeh El-Siba and Karanis

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

News...

 

Die Deutsche Schule Hurghada eröffnet im September!
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Die Deutsche Schule Hurghada startet im September mit zwei Vorschuljahrgängen (KG 1 und KG 2) und den Grunschulklassen 1-3. Die Schule „wächst“ bis zum deutschen Abitur oder ägyptischen Thannaweya Amma.

Die Vorschule ist unter sozialpädagogischer Leitung und bereitet die Kinder sinnvoll auf die Schule vor: Sowohl was die sprachlichen Fähigkeiten betrifft, als auch die motorischen, musischen, sozialen. Dies geschieht durch Anwendung der neuesten pädagogischen Erkenntnisse.

In der Grundschule wird ausschließlich von muttersprachlichen und in Deutschland ausgebildeten Lehrkräften nach dem Lehrplan des Landes Baden-Württemberg unterrichtet. Der arabische Teil läuft parallel.

Die Deutsche Schule Hurghada wird im Ganztagsbetrieb geführt, die Kinder erhalten sowohl einen kleinen Frühstückssnack als auch ein warmes Mittagessen mit Getränken (alles im Schulgeld inklusive). Der Nachmittag wird neben regulären Unterricht für Arbeitsgemeinschaften, Hausaufgabenbetreuung u.ä. genutzt.

Die Anmeldungen sollten bis 01.08. erfolgen.

Die Deutsche Schule Hurghada wird unterstützt vom Bundesverwaltungsamt, der Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen.


Das ausführliche Konzept, Fragen und Antworten, die Lehrersteckbriefe sowie das Anmeldeformular finden Sie unter:

Website: www.deutsche-schule-hurghada.de
Email: info@deutsche-schule-hurghada.de

All detailed information, FAQ, teacher resumes and the application form are also available in English under the following addresses:

Website: www.deutsche-schule-hurghada.de
Email: info@deutsche-schule-hurghada.de

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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What's on...

 


The French School
of Hurghada is celebrating
the end of the school year!

at Friday, 16th June
starting from 4:00 p.m.


 

Ecole Française d'Hurghada * Annexe de l'hôtel Marriott
Hurghada * Tel 0108874247

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Body & Soul

A Better Bowlful

Modern packaged breakfast cereal got its start in the early 1900s when John Harvey Kellogg, physician and vegetarian, cooked up a roughage-based dish to promote intestinal health. Over the years, as cereals with more sugar and less fiber gained popularity, many health-conscious eaters began to shun the cereal aisle. But a bowl of flakes can still be a healthy option if you choose your cereal carefully. Here's how to pick the best box.

1. Get "Whole"

For a decent serving of whole grains, the list of ingredients should begin with "whole wheat" or "whole oats." Whole corn, while also a whole grain, "isn't considered to be one of the better ones," says dietitian Lynn Grieger, R.D., a nutrition expert for ivillage.com, as it contains less fiber per serving than other grains.

2. Find the Fiber

Seek out a box with at least three grams of fiber per serving, advises New York City-based Gayle Reichler, R.D, a dietitian and wellness coach at Exhale Mind-Body spas. Perhaps surprisingly, she cautions against overdoing fiber in cereal. Spread the 20 to 35 grams a typical adult should eat each day over the course of the whole day to prevent discomfort, she says. If your favorite cereal doesn't provide enough fiber, mix in a high-fiber variety.

3. Shy Away from Sweetness

Sugar is sugar. Whether it comes in the form of cane sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, concentrated fruit juice, molasses, or corn syrup, nutritionally it doesn't make much difference, says Grieger. To keep sugar intake down, Reichler suggests looking for cereals with the sweetener listed fourth or lower in the list of ingredients.

4. Don't Worry About Protein

Most Americans get adequate protein from other sources throughout the day, so breakfast cereals need not be protein-packed. However, to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels and to add some healthy omega-3 fats to your diet first thing each morning, Reichler recommends tossing a handful of chopped nuts into your cereal bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Parents & Kids

 
Blue-Jean Book Bag

  • Pair of jeans

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

  • Cotton belt
  1. Zip the jeans and turn them inside out. With a pair of fabric scissors (a parent's job), cut off both jean legs 3 inches from the crotch. Set aside. Next, fold the cutoff jeans, matching up the side seams as you would to press front and back leg pleats.
  2. Using a sewing machine (or a close, even hand stitch), sew closed each leg opening 1 inch from the cut edge. Trim the denim 1/2 inch from the stitching.
  3. Turn the jeans right-side out. For a handle, thread a cotton belt through the belt loops and tie the ends together.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Special Announcement
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:::June 2006:::





Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am


Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft
im Café del Mar


Übertragung der Spiele ab 9. Juni

Heineken vom Fass

Parkplätze vor der Tür

Freirunden bei jedem Tor, das Deutschland schießt

Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts

 

 
 
 
 
 

Recipe

 

French Bread Rolls to Die For
For 16 rolls

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, and form into round balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Easy to make French bread rolls. Dough can be made in mixer, bread maker, or by hand. Loaves or rolls can be brushed before baking with a glaze of 1 beaten egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water if desired.

 


 
 

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