Destination Washington, D.C.

D.C is probably and hopefully one of the top places on your list. If it is not I hope this may bump it up on your list. As many of you know upon my return from your Europe trip I went home and packed my bags again, and set off the very next morning. Yes it sounds crazy but literally one of the most fun adventures I have had. We only had two days, so we hit the ground running. Literally starting at the Capitol on day one and ending at the Lincoln Memorial on day two. Now it is a lot of walking but ubers are also not that bad in pricing as well. D.C. is not only rich with history but also culture and we soaked up every second.

Washington DC 5So sadly because like I said we only had two days, we didn’t tour a lot of inside of places. But we did go inside a few Smithsonian’s, the National Archives, Ford Theatre, and the house where President Lincoln was declared official dead. Great story about that when we get to that part of the adventure. As you can clearly tell we began at the Capitol, yes the lines are clearly long but all the ones we ventured in moved fairly quickly. After exploring the Capitol we walked down past the library of Congress. Then went into the Air and Space Museum, it was amazing. We learned so much, and it was so interactive for your younger ones. I would highly recommend it.

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The next stop was the big one that everyone thinks when D.C. is even brought up in a sentence. The White House, its cool to look at and we wanted so badly to go inside sadly we didn’t get to get the tickets in time. If you go in summer time they had a nice grassy area that provides great shade, and of course people watching is guaranteed. Now if you want people to think you went in, I do have a secret for you. Across the street there is a souvenir store if you spend like I can’t remember like 15 bucks they will send you around the corner. Where they have rebuilt the Oval Office and the press podium and the pictures don’t look that fake. I mean obviously you are not in there but hey it’s fun to take the cheesy photos.

The National Archives are also a must see. There are a lot of people but they actually make it easy for you to view all the documents in a timely manner without having to fight and trip over people. They line you up in rows of three then they let you go for about ten, fifteen minutes then they send in the next group. Now you need to watch for the engraved titles vs. the regulars (regulars are fake) engraved in the wall its the real documents. As our day winded down we ended our days events, with the Washington Monument. It was incredible to see up close. Most definitely worth a visit.

Day two: Woke up early to go tour the Ford Theatre. Tickets like most everything in D.C. are free but they will always take donations to help preserve the history. It is a great tour and they also talk to you as if you were there the night of horrible event that took place. They take you through there entire day the planning on John Wilkes Boothe part and unsuspecting on everyone else’s. It so scary to think to about how easily it did happen. Just awful to be truthful with you. You can’t physically go in the booth, but they do have a replica down stairs.

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Next we went across the street to the house where it all quickly became apparent President Lincoln was indeed assassinated. Now you go through a time frame of the events then this is where the story gets interesting. We are the only people in this part of the house at the moment beside the security officer who was actually wasn’t paying anymore attention to us then we were to him. The room was cold as ice and the lights started flickering. Then as you look around you see a sign room where Lincoln was pronounced dead. It was creepy. We quickly continued the tour, and moved on to our next stop.

The Natural History Museum Smithsonian, it was so cool. Tons of animals and really cool exhibits I’d go again tomorrow. They do constant research to keep the people up to date with the latest information. In fact they had a few parts of the under the sea exhibit closed to get better information. I mean I think that stuff is cool. They also have one of the larger exhibits is all these animals. It is crazy to see them. It is amazing it’s like a huge zoo of knowledge.

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Of course we had to get a picture with the Meg. Lol

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After that began our final adventure the National Monument Mall. It’s a bit of a hike but it is amazing. I can’t describe to you how cool it is. So definitely clear a good part of your day to see all of them. It is so hard to get a picture with Lincoln though. We had to fight for a spot and let me tell you there are tons of people that sit there on the stairs, in the middle of course. So watch out. But let me tell you the view across the pond of the Washington Monument reflecting on the water just gorgeous.

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Well thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. When you get to Washington D.C. vote for us.

Destination Sidmouth, England!

Sidmouth is literally the definition of a off the beaten path town, but it is one of the cutest towns. I have ever seen, mom and pop shops and if your a dog lover this place is for you. Its like full of sweet kind people and dogs I mean come on now you can’t go wrong with that. Yes it is a small coastal town but man it packs a punch of adventure. Its about three hours by train, and roughly forty five minutes by taxi from the train station. We travelled in from Paddington Train Station yes the train station with the cute little Paddington Bear, for those who are Paddington fans. After boarding the train, we traveled to Exiter St. Davids train station. Let me tell you its a much calmer train station then Paddington was. Paddington Station was a tad crazy, can’t say its like that every day but it was some issue with the train so of course we caught the crazy.

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Upon arrival from the we took this wonderful taxi service called Apple Taxi Service. I have been in my fair share of taxis and these people are so wonderful. HIGHLY recommend them, then we arrived at one the finest hotels I have stayed out. It’s called the Dukes Hotel and no its not the five star Maui Four Seasons, or Sandals resorts no its even better. These people will go to any length for you. They served as a hot breakfast cooked to order I might add. You have a menu not just a bar of choices they set out, and they give you a whole rack of toast as a appetizer. They also serve a lovely lunch and dinner selection. It is fabulous, the food is so good, and they are again so kind. We even had a tour back in London he gave me his personal phone to call and confirm. How may strangers do you know do that? The rooms are also bigger then your average hotel rooms. I’m not joking if you go already planning to go or this blog inspires you please stay here.

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So as I said earlier, its a lovely coastal town and yes the beach from this angle is rocky or as they said pebbles. Ha I know exactly what you are thinking but a lot people take a few “pebbles” and color them or leave inspiring messages and where they are from. It’s actually really cool. I love the idea, and I think its trending other places. But never did I think I would see it over seas. But isn’t it beautiful to stare out into. Further on down, it does get more beachy. But that water is like ice. But hey if you like stuff like that go for it, I can’t be doing all that.

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Its so interesting to me to compare other places on beaches perspective, the sand texture and colors but again that water is like ice. But isn’t my munchkin just adorable. About 100 yards from where we are standing there is a walk way that leads around the corner to a bar craved up in the rock, and you have to climb up it’s called Jacobs Ladder. Pretty neat to check out, plus they also have ice cream up there. Come on now you can’t go wrong with that.

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Now for the real reason we were in Sidmouth, this incredible woman right here. This is my best friends grandma, she’s one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She lives right here close to where this photo was taken. She walks around the town everyday, like when I get 92 I hope to be like that. She’s awesome. She took us all over Sidmouth, from eating at a local pub and wondering the town. We even got to play at a local play ground they had a zip line when I was a kid where was that at the park? Like come on now.

The town was simple but adorable, everything is locally owned. They have a homemade fudge store, toy stores, cute little boutiques. You name it you can probably find it. It’s awesome, words just don’t describe it. They also have this bus that carries all over including a donkey sanctuary. Sadly we didn’t get to go we didn’t have enough time but hey donkeys are so cute next time for sure. I love them.

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Well thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Make sure you color a pebble in Sidmouth and write where you are from.

Destination Katakolon, Greece!

Our final stop in Greece, it is a adorable island but be for warned the taxis will rip you off. For a ten minute drive for us the cab driver wanted 100 euros just to go no telling what they wanted to get back. The town is adorable and its a bit of walk but well worth and then you can catch this train 6 euro a person. It goes to a gorgeous beach, vineyard and several other neat stops. So we shopped around and then caught the train out to the beach.

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Train selfies you know, lol so this is the train great views continuous breeze and runs the same route all day. Well worth your euros, especially if you like adventures. We did the second stop which was the beach but the vineyard did look heavenly and the people that rode with us said it was great.

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Yes they have huge rocks mostly through out the ocean and yes it was chilly but let me tell you, if you can get a ways out where the rocks are fewer and far less in between its like swimming in a aquarium. TONS of fish, crabs all sorts are hidden in these rocks which hey it you are in between the rocks with less likely predators will bother you. Ha that one though at least. But its a dark blue clear, so you will be able to see the rocks.

The island may be small but it sure does pack a punch of a adventure. Lots of little cafe’s and wifi if you get a drink. Beautiful clothing stores, and awesome nick knacks on every corner. If you arrive by cruise ship its about a half a mile walk, but you can rent scooters, forewheelers, even cars. But truthfully that train is really the best route. Cheap, stops at good places, and really friendly people.

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Thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Watch along the water you will while walking around the sea creatures are everywhere in Katakolon!

 

Destination Athens, Greece!

Wake up hit the ground running you are in Athens and if you are like us, you wanna climb the Acropolis! Let me tell you it gets crowed quick. But we will get to all that later I’m going to take you on a adventure to the top and I’m not only talking about the Acropolis I’m talking the highest point in Athens. So grab your tennis shoes and lets go!

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Early morning means early, early lol so this was taken off the balcony of our room. We had to be fully dressed and ready by 7 a.m. and we set of on our journey. Athens is a popular place and there are tons of people and traffic, so much a women actually got sick and I guess that tour guide didn’t realize everyone including the women could hear her talking about it so needless to say it started out as a awkward tour. But hey that’s what makes any good story telling adventure starts with right?

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So we actually got ahead of the tour so we could stop and take pictures such as this, our first stop on the hike up was Herodes Theatre! Amazing isn’t it? All that history just sitting there with stories and all things they have seen we wish we could have. Just amazing also as you can tell we are fairly high up. This isn’t even a portion. But air on the side of caution you will be basically moving straight up hill. Plus they still have the original marble and it is slick I almost fell twice of course I’m super clumsy.

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Here it is, this treacherous up hill climb every second worth it. They actually are redoing it which to me isn’t fair because this is the real history. This is what is left. But again as stated in others my opinion not others, but truly amazing isn’t it. All this history left here sorry I am a histroynerd. But I won’t bore you with all that. So once you reach this point you walk the path they once walked, sadly you can’t go in. But they do have serval viewing points to see it from different angles. My niece and I actually walked around to the front and took a seat to just chill for a minute and the stone was actually fairly cool.

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Here is our we did it poses! We did though we came, we climbed, we conquered. It is truly a magnificent feeling. So on our way down we then started passing thousands trying to climb up, pushing and shoving and acting crazy. So definitely getting up early and avoiding the crowds is well worth it. Some people actually came on there own from scooters or taxis, but I would highly suggest a tour. You can do whatever you want though, but whatever you do see this.

Next we went down town for a few hours, you want to talk about chaos that is the legit definition of chaos. But for all you shoppers it is heaven each street has stores all you can think of, like one street nothing but shoes, or another street nothing but belts and wallets and well you follow me. Never under estimate the amount of shopping you can achieve in Athens. Also make sure you know somewhat the way back because we got lost twice. Ha but its ok we figured it out. But if you are like me I’m fine getting lost but when you are on a timed tour its not so great.

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Well thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Climber, shopper, explorer get to Athens.

 

Destination Mykonos, Greece!

Mykonos is like a dream, between the glassy blue water and all the yachts around the island to the views of the little white houses on the cliffs. Also quick and easy to get around once you get off your boat or fly in however you get there, take this boat called the water taxi. It takes you around the island and its like two to four euros depending on how far you want to go. Whether you are beach goer, or shopper, or just a explorer this island packs a punch ready for any adventurer you are.

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So lets start with all the cool ally ways, that all lead over the island each one with its special twang. Best part!! Wind is constantly blowing through these ally ways creating a wonderful breeze while you wonder. But seriously look at the way to the water, oh my goodness! We did swim off a local beach which was wonderful, but again the pebbles hurt my feet. I’ll show you a picture as to what they look like.

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While walking the shore line you see everything you imagined Greece to be. Clear waters, white houses on the cliff, and tons and tons of great smells feeling the air. Plus if you are a yacht person you will be in heaven. Seriously you just need to go sooner rather then later.

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Don’t you just want to dive in? Can’t you just feel the cool refreshing water already?

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As our afternoon began winding down, we decided to spend the rest of our afternoon swimming. As you can see these are the pebbles i was talking about. They are so beautiful to look at but man alive they hurt to step on. The water is so cool and refreshing but watch out for crabs they love hiding in the rocks. They will pinch haha not like a bad pinch or anything.

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From my family to yours thanks for traveling to this part of the map with us. So get on your yacht do like we did and act like we own the place and get to Mykonos!

Destination Santorini, Greece!

As many of you have been reading, I recently just came back from my third over seas trip. Many more to come! So as you probably also know we are a cruising family so we decided to tour Greece by boat, so we boarded the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) Jewel of the Seas. It was a blast! Stop number one was Santorini Greece, and if you don’t know my mom is currently fighting cancer. So she couldn’t do everything that she wanted to on this trip it hurt to watch but on the flip side we still had the best time making the memories we got to! Our day began with a afternoon arrival to Santorini now if you have a fear of heights proceed with caution. But if you are anything like my best friend, she faced her fears and loved every second of it.

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So you have a few ways of getting up the island one- bus, car, or ATV up a winding road (picture will come soon) two- cable car or three- walk up hill. Same options go for coming back down. We took a excursion to a black sand beach which as you can probably guess is made out of volcanic ash. Which yes it does get hot, but its not as bad as i thought it would be. But I would recommend maybe some water shoes, or sturdy sandals it not soft sand and the shore line is rocky.

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Santorini 4Here’s the view from our chair at the beach, there is a lovely local bar with restrooms, wifi and beach chairs if you eat or drink there. Which hey that’s a great deal. Plus the people were super friendly and they also had a cute little souvenir shop located next door.  So well priced and again every one was so nice.

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Now again this isn’t your soft sand beach day, right about here you will sink into all the little pebbles. Now I have tender feet so it took me a few minutes to get around but that’s me. But man isn’t it beautiful! The water is super cool blue clear like not the typical turquoise its more like deep blue jean but clear. Oh gosh it is so pretty, and the water felt cool and refreshing.

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After a fun filled day at the beach we got in line for the cable car, now it is long but it will move quickly. There were tons of adorable shops, and cold water along the way. Plus this beautiful view. Now getting to this spot is mostly up hill, so prepare yourself. The cable car is a beautiful view up or down. You should definitely ride it at least once while on Santorini.

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See what I mean about the sinking? Lol anyway thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me well us. Continue on our journey through Greece. See you from the top of Santorini!

Destination Universal Orlando, Florida!

So as the commercial says the older kid vacation, and yes it is! I’m still a Disney lover but yes Universal is so much fun. We rode almost every ride, and of course as you have probably read from my other blogs, I’m a legit Potter geek so of course most of our day spent in Harry Potter. So tips to the wise get the connecting park tickets so you can ride the Hogwarts express between parks. BEST MONEY YOU WILL SPEND AT THE PARK. It is a lot of walking, not even kidding then there it is ready to take you across and off your feet. Plus it has a few surprises in store.

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We had three days of course three parks, so I’ll start with day one Universal Studios. Home of Simpsons, Diagon Ally, Jaws (pier), Mummy and much more. It will a jam packed day of fun. We started out with the Simpsons, air with caution I don’t get motion sickness but on some of the rides I actually came close. We ate a café of Jaw’s Pier which was pretty good. I would suggest if you don’t have lunch plans that’s where I would check because it’s all combos so drink, fries food all one price. Sadly they don’t have the Jaws ride anymore. I was very sad one of my favorite movies.

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Here it is Diagon Ally! So Potter geeks tune in! They have everything from Ollivanders to Gringotts. Borgan and Burkes down Knockturn Ally. Make sure you know your spells, your wands will make you or break you through out the park. Also keep a close eye on the dragon, you never know if he will strike.

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Volcano Bay day two. Pack your swim suit you will be wet within seconds. They have tons of rides, and the best part virtual line waiting. Check in with your wrist band and go lay out, swim, eat whatever. Then it beeps and you go get your spot in line. Sounds cool right. Again we rode almost everything, I’m going to tell you right now stairs upon stairs. We had to take several breaks, I mean its a climb. Sadly the Volcano ride was shut down so no to that but everything else. We took on like champs. I have to say check out the not so lazy river its so much fun. But where your life jacket you will get swept away quick.

Or you can work on your tan in the sandy beach area. Whatever you do, It will be a great day of fun in the sun. Make sure you rent a locker they may look small but you can get a lot in. But the cool news is make friends with your neighbors and watch out for each others seats that way you feel a little bit safer with what you don’t put in your locker. I mean come on now you will want photos. They take them but I prefer my own. Lol

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So last day Isle of Adventure, despite our faces we were sad. YES before you even question the castle was AWESOME! Inside and out upon entering the section of the park you can choose Hogsmeade or Hogwarts. It legit feels like you are in the movie. It is so cool, but ok moving on the other parts of the park.

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If you read Destination Hawaii, you also know I’m a Jurassic nerd. But Marvel land was also extremely cool. Plus Transformers and parades and so much just packed in. It is so much fun. Please just go, just go!! It is amazing! You are missing out, and oh yea did I mention the Minions. I stinking love Minions! There is a adventure waiting around every corner for any age.

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Well thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Whatever your movie is there is a adventure waiting for you to take in Universal, GO!

 

 

Destination Orange Beach, Alabama!

So for my Southern states followers, you may know this beach incredibly well. For all my around the world peeps I’m here to show you a great place to visit, relax, and the best part is this annual thing called Mullet Toss! Yes you actually through fish! Ha! It is insanely fun. So let me start by saying sorry its taken to weeks to get back to you all as most of you read in my last post I was leaving for Italy which then ventured into Greece and England but that blog is coming soon I promise. So here’s to Mullet Toss Adventures beginning or continuing for anybody.

So for any and all ages, big or small, strong work out everyday to people like me who are like I’ll go to the gym “tomorrow” this event is TONS of fun! So if you read my Egypt adventures you are update with me because I left for this trip two days after I returned home (yes jetlagged and all) but here’s one part I prayed most people wouldn’t notice I was sick as a dog upon returning. I had actually developed walking pneumonia. But three things gave me the strength A) It was my best friends birthday weekend and come on how do you celebrate without your best friend by your side? B) The best beaches were back together and C) I had made a promise to be there and by God I was.

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Now if you read this and you are like ehh not for me that’s fine too because any other time you can relax next those turquoise waters and soak up the sun. Every visit I have made their we have stayed in one of the multiple Phoenix hotels and condos. Very nice, spacious, fairly cost effective and my personal favorite directly on the beach. Mullet Toss occurs every year around the last weekend of April.  These are my mullet toss crew. They introduced Becks and I to the fun.

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Me, Matt, Brandi, Becks, and Trevor.

But as you can see most every one puts up a tent or Ez-up and hangs out for the fun. They have three days of competition. One a day per age group then the finals of the day. You can win great prizes and for throwing hey you get a free t-shirt I mean come on now.

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Flora-Bama. This bar is the staple to this entire thing. They are a bar located on the boarder of Alabama and Florida hence Flora-Bama. If you can get here early enough you can park at this bar for the weekend to hang out for the Mullet Toss or you can park at your condo and past that you are on your own. Be cautious and aware we saw tons getting towed last year. Like any bar they are open late with great bands that come sing and of course serve great drinks and food. To reserve your spot at Mullet Toss you must go through them, to purchase one day or all three or two or whatever your plan is. So from my point of view and suggestions from many others I would book early, its worth attending at least once in your life.

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So being at the end of April the water is still pretty cold. But if you are like the best beaches and just want to have fun jump in for a swim. Its a great cool off to the hot sun and excitement of Mullet Toss action you also can get some great people watching in. Just saying. But clearly the best beaches love the beach and Mullet Toss.

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Another good idea to attend is, if you can’t get a beach spot and have a boat or know people with a boat go ahead and pull up to shore. As you can clearly see behind us several did. It’s a great idea pull up swim in. Sounds pretty good to me. But lets also take a moment to take about this water and the clarity of it. Is it not just ahh! Freezing yes, but if you haven’t figured out I prefer to stay all day in the water. LITERALLY. Now I will warn you this clear of water does draw in wildlife such as string rays and jelly fish so just be on the lookout like you would any time anyway. Funny story about this picture I had actually stepped on a string ray right before it was taken. It quickly swam away and it was completely my fault it was a true accident. But some don’t see it as a accident so just be watchful they can and will sting if they feel threaten.

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So next April if you have some time, head on down to Mullet Toss. You might even see me!

Thanks for travelling to this part of the map with me. Remember toss mullets not feelings in Orange Beach.

 

Exploration: The Nile sailing from Luxor to Aswan, Egypt.

Well if you read yesterday’s blog, then you saw at the end of it I stated I was boarding a boat to sail down the Nile. So since I leave for Italy tonight, I’m going to talk about my stops in this one blog. It was four day sail, located on the Sonnesta Star Goddess. I’ll take you through temples and Sphinx Ave, Valley of the Kings, and finally a real look at the Nile.

Stop number one, Karnak Temple a gorgeous huge incredible craved Temple. I can’t imagine what it looked like with out erosion or attempted to destroy it. It sits in the heart of Luxor, strong and tall. For each and every Pharaoh, King or Queen, Noble all have their story written in these walls.

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As you see Sphinx’s on Sphinx’s align this temple we turned the camera around it was hundreds of Sphinx’s more still being uncovered. Protecting this Temple is a huge thing, like I said everyone’s story is written in these walls. So much history, so many stories. So incredible to look at in awe.

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King Tut is the only Mummy stilled laid to rest in his tomb that they are aware of. They we’re actually uncovering about six to eight more tombs, it’s incredible. I fully intend to go back and see what new they have uncovered. What treasures lay below, we did see King Tut’s body but you were aloud no pictures but I do have photos of the gold and riches that were found in the his tomb. Since he died at such a young age, they gave him a nobles spot seeing as they hadn’t finish his yet. It was amazing to me how much they packed into one a condensed area. Those will come from the Cairo Museum post.

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We got very lucky with this one and the next one I’m going to show you. This was inside on the Ramus descendants tomb. He had over ninety children and had them built tombs, along with his nobles and few servants. But lets just awe in detail and art work they put in these. The colors are incredible, considering how old it truly is. Just amazing.

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This was in the ceiling of one of the tombs. Amazing isn’t it. All their lives written in the tombs with them. To help them continue in the after life.

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Remember the Queen I told you about yesterday? Yea this is her tomb. Amazing isn’t it. Sadly a lot of her story was destroyed but her greedy step son. But still incredible to look at, and walk up to. If you are able to zoom in you will see the Great Warriors that still stand guard over her tomb to this day. They are still fully intact.

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Final stop of the day, these were literally just found days before we got here. This huge thing! Isn’t it incredible? I think so. Ps this our awesome tour guide!

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This is the Temple of Horus, yet another amazing temple telling stories thousands of years old. This temple held more battle scenes in lives before moving forward to the next life. As you can probably tell the cravings!

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Millions of pieces of history right here in between my hands, I just can’t imagine the things they got to witness, what they left for us to find.

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Our last temple of this day was the Temple of Sebek and Haroeris. This temple tells you about everyday lives, children being born or wives or family trees basically. Actually very cool.

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Views from the this temple wasn’t bad either. Just beautiful.

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Here is the Nile, Gorgeous to look at sad to think about every one throwing trash in it. Despite the rumors or the catchy phrases you hear, there are no more Nile Crocodiles and no more hippos are run out or killed. Luxor 13

Another Nile view. Moms particularly fond of this picture. The Nile is beautiful to admire.

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Our last day on the Nile ended in a sunset with a sail boat ride. Just fabulous, over looking the Valley of the Kings. Watching the waves slowly slip in and out quite peaceful really.

Well thanks for sailing down the part of the map with me. Never stop exploring all that the Nile has to offer.

 

Destination Cairo, Egypt!

I already know what you thinking all the way over their that’s scary. No! No! No! It’s actually amazing. It has been in the top three of my bucket list for years on years. Finally one day I just looked at mom and said if you are leaving this earth due to your cancer damnit your doing this with me. That day we went booked it, and I will admit about two weeks before hand I got scared and was like no I’m not I can’t do this. But I dug down deep and found courage and boarded that plane and said to myself if we get attacked at least i saw one of my number things before i left. So it was a seventeen and half hour flight, oh yes you read that correctly. It was so crazy we flew to Canada, then to Germany and finally Cairo. I was ready to get off the planes. It was so long. Also for your safety they will repeatedly tell you don’t drink the water bottled water is fine. They have some bacteria in the main stream and they also pull from the Nile so when brush your teeth, wash your face, whatever. Keep plenty of bottled water around I think we had about ten to fifteen by the end of our trip.

 

So finally we get of the plane and something amazing happened I finally got to see what I have been waiting my whole life for. The Pyramids. The actually legit Pyramids. I was jumping with excitement my poor mom suffering from jet lag and I’m over like oh my gosh! We are here, and all this stuff. So while we were here we stayed at the Marriot Mena House. It was so perfect. Now lets get real here on the way here I literally thought I was going to die, I’m sorry people run out in the middle of the road and the drivers don’t stop. We in fact hit someone! Not even joking!! She ran out, and our driver smacked her in the head with the mirror. Just like that pop.

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This was our dinner view, I know pictures don’t do any justice what so ever. But man i could have sat there all night. Despite the fact they were having a wedding, and our tour started at 6 a.m the next morning.

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So this picture was a complete and total accident. But it shows you what the other Pyramids look like from back here at least we we’re located behind it. Oh man I just can’t even pictures just don’t do the justice it deserves.

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So finally Pyramid time!! Clearly you can tell how excited i was, and yes I went in all three of them. We will get to that soon, lets talk about this stuff first like how big that stones are compared to your average human. Or how many camels were running around. Also the heat. The heat was brutal.

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So this is one block compared to mom and I. Just one so imagine having to drag just one across the dessert.

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So this is the second biggest Pyramid behind us. Camels sadly are worked until they can’t anymore then they eat them. Sad true, it’s crazy they are just wondering around with brightly colored harnesses and blankets on their saddles. Lets get real the heat was like 108 on a good day and this was in April. I would hate to see it in July or August. The three Pyramids were build as tombs for grandfather, son, and grandson. So after that they started building the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The Mummies that were once in these Pyramids, are now located in the Cairo Museum of Natural History. Which I did visit on my last day and there will be a special blog dedicated to it.

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Inside the Pyramids, I ventured into all three of them. TIP you need to crawl in backwards don’t even fight it. Trust me i tried and failed. There a multiple low passages like this one. Who these people were able to do this while holding a 600 plus pound Sarcophagus, it must have been interesting. The largest the Pyramid you climb up and to the top you start backwards, then after you climb to the next level you can turn yourself around. It is a planks of wood, and every three of four is a steel bar. Its steep, but well worth the climb. The entrance is what is really cool, you have to climb up to about the middle then the entrance is curved in. The medium and smallest one, you crawl down backwards. Its quite fun. Surprisingly its cooler, again crawl don’t fight it. You will smack your head.

So story time after we toured the Pyramids, I decided oh how cool would it be to jump off the biggest one. So I climbed up, and got ready for the picture and went to jump and fell flat on my face. I to this day have a  “S” shaped scar on my knee. I’m sure that I’m in some ones tourist photo’s falling flat on my face.

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So the saying goes everybody tries to kiss the Sphinx so of course i did. I had a better photo but my knee was gushing blood at the moment, so I decided to spare you and use this one. Which they did take me to town for medical treatment I personally was fine with out it but because I fell in the sand, and rocks they were concerned. So they rubbed a home made antibiotic that literally set my entire leg on fire. For several hours, ugh I was like yea I just needed a washcloth and soap and I would have cleaned it out. But point of this is be aware especially in foreign countries. This Sphinx was discovered solely because somebody came into this man’s dream and said uncover the Sphinx and you will be king. So he and several others, uncovered it and indeed he became a king of Egypt a short lived king but hey he did it.

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Hopefully this gives you a better size comparison to what it actually looks like. So the Pyramid directly behind this is the second one it’s the most intact one, the largest someone tried to blow up and the smallest the colors have worn away with the elements. First two built with a limestone finish and third one was built more with a red clay finish.

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The next pyramid you are eying is a King and Queen TT for short. They actually ruled a different part of Egypt and they deeply cared about all whom served them so they not only had their tombs built together as one, they also built a separate tomb for nobles and some servants during there reign. Again backwards you go, but when you get to bottom this time its different. In Egypt they believe in a wonderful and lush afterlife. Servants would bring food, gold, jewels anything as a offering for the after life Gods. They believed in the Star, and Sun God to carry them into the next life. They had stars carved all over their tombs oh it was beautiful. Sadly being a tourist some of the guides basically sit on top of you so it is hard to take photos. So in advance I’m sorry I snuck what I could.

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This one I was able snap really quick, it was located in the Nobles and Servants tomb. It depicting one by one them offering something to the Gods as they move on to the next life. The “All Seeing Eye” as many call it, actually means good luck and wealth. The staph means a God, and this one down here that looks like it destroyed, is a God of Truth she is one you see after you first move on to the after life.

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So they actually just found this statue about six months prior our arrival is located in a town called Memphis. Some locals described it as a crocodile floating down the Nile River. That would be a huge crocodile, and actually is of a King that once ruled Memphis shortly after the ruling, it then became Upper and Lower Egypt. Some rulers could rule both, others just one or the other. Now what’s weird is Lower Egypt is actually to the north and Upper Egypt is located south. Confusing I know.

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So take a second and look in this photo, the Sphinx is it a male of female? It is in fact a female the first solo Queen Ruler of both Lower and Upper Egypt. She was a beloved ruler to all expect one. When she took the double crown, her step son was only four he grew up in hatred she took the crown instead of him. So one night he came into her room and murdered her for the double crown. He demanded any recognition of her to be destroyed, erased from time. Fortune for her she had already had a tomb built and se was able to be put to rest for many, many years. I’ll show you in the Valley of Pharaohs blog. Sadly her body has also been moved to the Cairo Museum of History. She was a amazing ruler, and this and a few other pieces are all they have left of her ruling.

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So if you read or have read my other blogs, you know that I love making friends with the wildlife. This is Moses, isn’t he precious! Him and I trekked through the dessert, to see the pyramids align with the sunset. Oh it was so beautiful. Not even going to try and get out this one, I was terrified sitting on that camel. I was fine petting it, but once I sat down i started panicking. I don’t know what came over me, whether it was the height from the camel and myself or I thought I was going to be thrown. Don’t know, but I’m thankfully I faced my fear and did it. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

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So this is only the first part of my journey, keep reading for more the next day I boarded ship to sail down to the Nile, and made lots of amazing stops along the way.

So for now thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Don’t fall of the Pyramids when you next visit Giza and Cairo.