The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

I read about a magnificent place in Egypt.

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“Located directly upon the shore of the Red Sea, a comfortable thirty minutes from the centre of Hurghada, The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh is a spectacular, forty eight acre, all suite hotel, with a certified PADI dive centre and a large private beach.

The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh offers certified open water diver courses, adventure diver courses, rescue diver and dive master instruction amongst pristine coral reefs rich with colourful marine life.

Inspired by traditional Arabic designs, our luxury hotel in Sahl Hasheesh has luxurious accommodations and restaurants which feature classical, domed ceilings and long corridors. They are illuminated by Arabic style lamps and framed by elegant columns decorated with the traditional Islamic eight point star.

We offer all guests complimentary access to high speed Internet for up to four devices. Guests who book in advance and directly with us can also enjoy special rates, exclusive privileges and hotel offers. Relax with loved ones on a specially curated holiday. Stay with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in Sahl Hasheesh for an unforgettable experience.”

Our dream is to visit this fantastic hotel and dive into the Red Sea with out cameras.

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Small and interesting fish in the Red Sea

There are hundreds, if not a thousand, different fish in the Red Sea. Here are a few small and interesting ones.

Yellowtail Tang, Zebrasoma xanthurum and Lyretail Anthias, Pseudanthias taeniatus.

Brown Surgeonfish, Acanthurus nigrofuscus.

Zigzag Halichoeres, Scapularis Wrasse.

Whitebelly Damselfish, Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster.

Sulphur Damselfish, Pomacentrus sulfureus.

Jewel Damselfish, Microspathodon chrysurus.

Waiting for our next possibility to go underwater with our cameras.

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Back To Italy

We had the wonderful chance to travel back to Italy this summer. We have visited Sicily, Sabaudia, Ardea, Trevignano Romano, Rome and Pisa…. now we flew back to Pisa and drove up to the mountains 65 km west and a bit north from Pisa airport.

Finnair flight has arrived at Pisa

It is nice that Finnair offers direct flights to Pisa in the summer time.

Montecatini Terme is the closest town near the mountains and our vacation house. I had never heard of this town. It is an Italian municipality of about 21,100 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries related to the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.

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The drive up to the house was exciting and fascinating. So many curves and small roads and up up we drove. The scenery was beautiful and magnificent.

The first look at the view from the house was just what we hoped for.

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As always it is nice to just sit down after travelling for many hours. Driving, waiting, flying, waiting, driving and then… finally: vacation time!

Stay tuned for more stories and photos from this magnificent area.

Sunsets in Africa are magnificent!

The sunsets in Africa are gorgeous and magnificent.

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Sunsets can be purple, when you adjust the color setting in the photo 🙂
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It is fantastic to sit and relax, and watch the sunset…
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A few minutes before the sun sets behind the magnificent mountains.

It has been a delight to watch the sunsets in Africa. They are wonderful!

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Mysterious, colorful and exciting!

Beautiful Butterflyfish And Corals

The Exquisite Butterflyfish is always wonderful to see, as it is such a beautiful fish. They swim around the corealreef, but are quite shy, so you usually do not get very close to them. Here I had luck and saw them before they saw me 🙂

The Stonefish

Do you know what fish is the most venomous of them all? It is the Stonefish. This one is photographed from a distance with the zoom. Synanceia verrucosa is a fish species known as the reef stonefish (or simply stonefish). It is a carnivorous ray-finned fish with venomous spines.

The bluecheeked butterflyfish

One of my favorites… finally got this close to them. The Masked (Blue-Cheeked) Butterflyfish.  So gorgeous! Chaetodon semilarvatus is found in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, at depths of between 3 and 20 m.

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When I saw this one, I laughed. It it my first capture of the Slingjaw Wrasse, which sure looks funny while eating 🙂 Epibulus insidiator is a species of wrasse native to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and the African coast to Hawaii.

Travel stories by Johanna Hurmerinta

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