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Feature Article... El Gouna Golf Club - Red Sea


El Gouna Golf Club –Red Sea

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Make your Escape... Lake Nasser

 

Lake Nasser
Take in the ancient temples from the deck of a cruise ship in Lake Nasser

When adventurer J.L. Burckhardt happened across Abu Simbel while cruising the Nile in 1813, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Rising before him was the facade of the great temple of Ramses II. It was love at first sight. Foreign travelers to the region had not heard of this heavenly spot before, but when Burckhardt returned to Europe and reported the new discovery, Abu Simbel became the destination of choice for adventurous Victorian-era travelers in the decades that followed.

Today, Nubia lies at the bottom of the huge lake, but you can still see its awesome antiquities on the shores of Lake Nasser. The most romantic getaway this country has to offer (aside from vacationing in the desert) is a cruise along the Nile from Aswan to Abu Simbel and back.

Luxury vessels M/S Eugenie and Kasr Ibrim offer trips at $360 per night for foreigners and LE 685 per night for Egyptians or residents (per person in a double cabin). If you can take the heat, go in early summer when rates are slashed to $94 for foreigners, LE 162 for Egyptians. Contact Thomas Cook or Abercrombie & Kent for package deals.

One of the newest attractions in Abu Simbel is Escaleh (the Nubian word for a water wheel), a Nubian house offering only three double rooms (30) and two suites (40 and 50) on a bed and breakfast basis. Fikry El-Kashef, the owner of the quaint little guest house, is one of the last members of a generation that lived in Old Nubia before the building of the High Dam. An amateur singer and a seasoned five-star hotelier, El-Kashef has made his lifetime dream come true with Escaleh in what he says is an attempt to preserve the life he lived in Old Nubia.

“Escaleh is both a Nubian cultural center and a guest house. I am trying to preserve the daily life of Old Nubia,” he explains. The house is built from local mud and sand, forming a mélange of neutral earth colors, and is topped by Nubian domes. Guests sleep on traditional Nubian beds made from gereid, or palm stalks. There is a large mastaba (platform) in front of the house on which El-Kashef and his friends often perform their ethnic singing and dancing. The land around the house is reserved for growing the small-scale organic crops that are used in Escaleh’s kitchen. There is even a working waterwheel in the garden. As the hotel lies directly by the lake, Escaleh’s guests and owners live primarily on fish caught fresh from the lake every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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News...

 

Egypt Air to Expand Fleet, Increase Europe, Africa Travel
Egypt Air is thus the airline of choice for many experienced travellers

EgyptAir has appointed a financial consultant to assess options for increasing the airline's capital by 20% by the end of 2006, in order to finance its fleet expansion.

The airline ordered six Boeing 737-800 plus six options in 2005 and plans to take delivery of all 12 by 2010, increasing its fleet to 52 aircraft, the carrier is also intending to add another 12 by 2016. These will be a mix of short- and long-haul types.

Egypt Air has also signed an agreement with HITIT Computer Services to use the CRANE Frequent Flyer System to enhance their Loyalty Program as the airline prepares for joining an alliance.

The software enables the airline to improve customer service and create a solid foundation for its EgyptAir Loyalty Program.

EgyptAir successfully completes the International Civil Aviation Organisation safety audits and is ideally placed in between Europe, Africa and Asia as a competitively priced airline with a good inflight service record and extensive network of flight routes.


Northern Egypt ready for boom time
Egypt is developing its north coast into a year-round tourist destination with a range of resorts and attractions.

The Mediterranean coast is one of the region's fastest-growing luxury hospitality areas, with projects sprouting from the real estate boom in Alexandria and stretching 525 kilometres west to the Libyan border.

Alexandria, located 225 kilometres from Cairo, is awash with ancient cultural attractions. The city continues to look towards new projects and developments.

"It is extremely pleasing to see the northern region now realising its potential. Investment and consumer interest will continue to increase as the developments are completed and the area's profile grows," Ahmad Al Khadem, chairman of the Egypt Tourist Auth-ority, said.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a 21st-century version of the great classical library, with its modern glass-and-steel structure with giant exterior grey granite walls carved with hieroglyphics and symbols from every known alphabet worldwide.

Investment is flooding into the north, with TUI Germany, the Travco Group, the government of Matrouh and the Egypt Tourism Development Authority teaming up to develop a major international tourist project costing $861 million.

The two-tiered project is being built on 1.8 million square metres of land in five years. The first phase includes the building of five four-star resorts, the first of which will be operational within a year.


Egypt mummy search finds flowers
The ancient flowers were found inside this Egyptian coffin

Archaeologists in Egypt were hoping to find an ancient mummy in a chamber they were excavating - but instead have uncovered a bunch of flowers!

But they're even more excited by this 3,000-year-old discovery, as it's the first time a garland's ever been found. It was in the last of seven coffins which archaeologists had hoped would contain the mummies of royal queens or even famous king Tutankhamun's mother. But they say the surprise find was "even better" than discovering a mummy. The flowers are rusty-coloured and withered and looked like they would crumble if touched. Museum boss Nadia Lokma said: "I prayed to find a mummy, but when I saw this, I said it's better - it's really beautiful. "It's very rare - there's nothing like it in any museum. We've seen things like it in drawings, but we've never seen this before in real life - it's magnificent."

The chamber that's being worked on is the 63rd tomb in the Valley of the Kings and was discovered accidentally last year by US archaeologists working on the next-door tomb. Since then, the lids of seven coffins in the underground room - including a tiny one built for a child and filled with feather-stuffed pillows - were peeled back one by one. They've found that five of the seven coffins contained bits of pottery, shrouds and things used in mummification.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Body & Soul

10-Step Weekend Revival Plan


Morning Yoga
Greet the day with a gentle yoga routine. Poses such as Bow Pose, Downward Dog, and spinal twists help balance pitta.

Breakfast
For the first meal on each of these two days, eat a large bowl of fruit salad with a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This meal will help your body get rid of accumulated toxins. If you find orange juice too acidic, you may substitute pitta herbal tea (available at Indian grocery stores) or any other fresh fruit juice of the season. You may also prepare a blended fruit smoothie in place of the fruit salad: In a blender, combine a large banana with 1/2 cup of your choice of seasonal fresh fruits and 1/2 cup of water to thin it out.

Spa Treatments
Spend an hour or two luxuriating in the pitta-balancing spa treatments. On Saturday, you'll focus on your skin and body; on Sunday, you'll treat the hair, hands, and feet.

Down Time
Spend the late part of the morning as you like reading an interesting book, listening to music, writing in your journal, gardening, painting. The choices are endless. It is important, though, to spend time unwinding and doing what you want rather than what you think you should do.

Lunch
After your morning yoga and spa therapies, enjoy a large raw salad made with fresh seasonal green vegetables such as cucumber, celery, and sprouts. Choose pitta-balancing herbs and spices like cilantro and basil to add flavor. Eat your lunch slowly and mindfully, focusing on the flavors and textures of the ingredients. To unlock your mind, reflect on the view from your window, or even the sight of indoor plants and flowers, while you eat.

Rest
Rest is important to calm the mind and allow the physical body to deal with fatigue. After eating, take some quiet time to listen to music, read, or take a short nap for half an hour to an hour if you are sleepy. If you are tired but cannot fall asleep, then simply rest your mind and body by lying down and emptying your mind of thoughts.

Exercise
Your retreat will be enhanced by a brisk walk, preferably in the open air so that you can breathe fresh oxygen directly into your lungs. Stay conscious of good posture, and warm up by starting out at a slow pace then building to a brisk pace. Keep your chest out, swing your arms wide, and breathe through your mouth. Walk for 20 to 30 minutes. If you prefer, swimming is also a good exercise for balancing pitta.

Digestive Meditation and Care
This is an ideal time to tune in to and become familiar with your digestive system. Place your hands first on your stomach and become aware of any slight movements, feelings, or sounds. Do the same with your small intestines in your midriff area and then with the area under your navel. Mentally prepare for your next meal by noticing whether you are hungry or not. Resolve to eat only as much as you need to fill three-quarters of your stomach (this typically translates to about as much food as will fit into both your cupped hands). Using a little bit of oil, massage your stomach in round circles, moving clockwise. This will help you digest the last meal and prepare your body for the next.

Dinner
Dinner during the retreat should consist of steamed vegetables. As with lunch, use fresh, green seasonal vegetables—the greener the better. For extra flavor, add fresh herbs such as rosemary, basil, parsley, and sage, or pine nuts, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds. As with lunch, eat slowly and mindfully, which will allow for complete digestion. An hour or so after dinner, enjoy an herbal tea.

Bath and Bedtime
Run a bath prepared with ingredients to balance pitta—rose, neem, jasmine, basil. You may use fresh or dried leaves and herbs; bundle a handful of ingredients in a piece of muslin cloth to make a tea bag for your tub. Or, if you prefer, add a few drops of essential oils directly to the bathwater. If you like, use candles, fresh flowers, and music to aid relaxation. As you soak in the bath, close your eyes and breathe deeply, releasing tension with each exhalation. Keep yourself warm after the bath and go to bed, relaxed and at peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Parents & Kids

 

Preparing for nursery or school
Starting a new childcare arrangement or preschool class marks a big change in your child's life, and it's important to do everything you can to prepare your child. Here are lots of practical tips to ease the transition for you both.

There are lots of ways in which you can prepare your child for the world of nursery and/or preschool.

  • Visit the nursery or school with your child to give him an opportunity to see a class at work.
  • Walk past at break-time to show children playing happily.
  • Explain what will happen during the day.
  • Read books together about children starting school or nursery.
  • Point out any friends or cousins who've recently started school or nursery and talk about the fun they're having.
  • Talk about your child's interests and the things he'll enjoy there. For example: "There'll be lots of sand to play with - you'll love that" or "There'll be storytime."
  • Talk about the enjoyable activities he'll be doing that build on things he already does at home - painting, drawing, cutting and pasting and listening to stories, for example.

Before his first day, you may also want to check the following with the nursery or school:

  • What's the usual daily routine?
  • How long can you stay once you've dropped off your child?
  • Do they require your child to be toilet trained?
  • Are there any routines you can practise in advance, such as resting after lunch?

Here are some of the practical ways in which you can help your child settle in quickly:

  • Point out the structure and routines in a day at home: "Now it's our lunchtime and at school you'd be eating your lunch now."
  • Practise doing up buttons and fastening his shoes, but don't worry or pressure him if this proves too difficult. Nursery and reception class teachers are used to helping children in the early days.
  • Practise social skills, such as taking turns, following directions and making choices. Visit friends with children or invite other children to play.
  • Teach simple chores that may be useful at nursery, such as packing away toys.
  • Help your child to recognise his name. Most children can't read or write yet, but they may be able to recognise the first letter of their name or even the whole thing.

Remember, all these activities should be fun - it's important not to pressure your child.

The first day of school is one of your child's biggest milestones. How he reacts depends on his life up to this point. If he's been at home all the time, he may feel it's a huge change. If he's already been in a form of childcare outside the home, he'll be prepared to some extent. And if he's been to nursery at the same school, the switch to a preschool or reception class is likely to provoke little fuss.

However, there are still ways to prepare your child for the big event:

  • Talk together about school and listen to any worries he may have.
  • Include him in shopping trips to buy school uniform or a fun lunchbox.
  • Be upbeat and positive - don't pass any of your worries to your child.
  • Be informed - find out as much as possible about how the school works.
  • Explain that his teacher probably won't be able to give him undivided attention.
    Perhaps balance this by explaining the thrill of making new friends.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 

Recipe

 

Lemon and Parsley Chicken

Serving: 4

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 chicken breast fillets, halved lengthwise
    • Cracked black pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra oil for sauce
    • 2 tablespoons capers
    • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
    • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
    • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken with the pepper and add to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes each side or until browned.

  3. Add the extra oil, capers, chili, lemon rind and garlic, cook for 1 minute, then add the lemon juice and parsley.

  4. Serve with a rocket (arugula) salad.

 


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