Category Archives: Egypt

Egypt: The Red Sea: Beautiful Sea Life

There are so many beautiful fish and corals in the Red Sea.

We have photographed in Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Sinai Peninsula, and in Port Ghalib. We think the coral reefs in Port Ghalib are the best. I have though heard that a legendary dive location is Ras Mohammed in Sharm el-Sheikh. Maybe we get to go there one day.

Have a look at these gorgeous fish:

Regal Angelfish and Crown Butterflyfish:

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Butterflyfish are among the most typical and colorful reef fish. In most species of Butterflyfish, once couples are formed they remain together for many years or forever.

Angelfish is characterized by the dominance of a male. The male defends a territory up to 1.000 square meters!

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The Masked Pufferfish with Exquisite Butterflyfish:

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Pufferfish get their name from the ability to puff themselves up, when threatened.

Here is a new photo of one of my favourites: Exquisite Butterflyfish:

Butterflyfish And Glorious Light

 

The Red Sea is so amazing! The fish, the corals, the colors… they create a beautiful world, which is different every time you go below the surface.

I recommend warmly to rent or buy a mask and a snorkel. When you see the Red Sea sea life, you will fall in love with it.

Even the small fish, like Anthias and Half-and-Half Chromis will surprise you with their elegance and beauty.

One of my favorite corals is the Raspberry coral, which get its name of the fabulous red color.

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The sea life of the Red Sea on the coast of Egypt is especially beautiful.

We prefer to travel to Egypt in November, as the temperature is not too mild nor too hot. February-March could be another great time for us from the Nordics. People who are used to hot weather would enjoy the months before November as well as the months after April.

 

 

 

Hurghada: Goats, sheep, luxury breakfast and an Egyptian wedding!

During our visit in Hurhgada a few years back, we got close to the Egyptian life style.

But first, let me tell you of a luxury breakfast:
One morning we decided to try the hotel’s room service and ordered breakfast to the room. It said on the menu that the price is only 10 dollars. We expected bread, cheese, orange juice and coffee.

What a nice surprise it was to open the door in the morning and see three smiling faces bringing us a huge breakfast. I have never seen this much brought to two people. We were speechless.

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Luxury breakfast

The trays were filled with food and we also got sparkling wine. Unbelievable and fantastic.

Breakfast in Egypt

We had a big window towards the street and we liked to watch the Egyptian street and life style. A Chanell store, which sold bags, clothes etc a bit cheaper than the original Chanel was opposite to the hotel. We visited the store and bought a few nice hoodies. There was so much to choose from. Leather, perfume, t-shirts etc. The store owner was so nice.

Also the locals liked to visit the store.

Hurghada_locals shopping

It was quite a surprise for a Finn to see sheep and goats walking down the street 🙂 It is interesting to experience the difference in cultures.

Hurghada streets

As we watched the street life, we suddenly focused on the second floor of the Chanell store. The windows were broken, and the apartments looked abandoned. But guess what we saw on the balcony? More sheep and goats 🙂

Hurghada_goats living on the 2nd floor

Our hotel was in the suburbs of Hurghada. Walking down the street we saw just a few restaurants and shops, all close to the hotel. Otherwise it was quite empty.

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One evening, while reading our books, we heard loud beautiful music. We opened the window and saw there was a big building to the left of us.

Egyptian wedding arrangements

Someone was preparing a party, we thought. Later we understood it was an Egyptian wedding. We listened to the music and watched the people dance and have a great time. Now this was quite thrilling to experience.

No matter if you like to see the pyramids, meet some camels, enjoy water sports or beach life, have new experiences or go diving, I recommend to visit Egypt. It is such a beautiful country with friendly people.

Hurghada beach_lets rent a paddle boat

Red Sea

Hurghada_seen from the sea

Hurghada from the sea

 

Egypt: Red Sea: Regal Angelfish

Port Ghalib, Egypt is amazing. You can bathe in the sun on the great private sandy beach or enjoy the area around the huge swimming pools.

We like to go to the beach and dive into the Red Sea.

Here is one new photo for our Red Sea collection:

Regal Angelfish:

Angelfish

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More stories and photos coming soon – stay tuned 🙂

Egypt: Red Sea: Crown Butterflyfish

We had the opportunity to travel once again to Port Ghalib, Egypt.

The place is amazing.

Here is one new photo for our Red Sea collection:

Crown Butterflyfish:

Butterflyfish

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And one photo of our favourite:

Picasso Triggerfish:

Picasso Fish

More stories and photos coming soon – stay tuned 🙂

Helsinki, Finland -> Port Ghalib, Egypt

When the dark autumn arrives in Finland, we want to head south – preferably to Egypt’s Port Ghalib. It is an amazing vacation resort.

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Port Gahlib

Finnmatkat opened (after a short break) direct vacation flights to Port Ghalib this autumn – and that made us very happy.

We booked the flights and made direct reservations to our favourite hotel – Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib. The hotel is amazing and so is the staff, the beach, the coral reefs and the hotel’s rooms, suites and amenities.

Finnmatkat have changed the airline company (to JetTime) regarding flights to Marsa Alam Airport, Egypt. That was a small disappointment. The crew was great 🙂 and the food as well, but the plane was very old and small, the seat reservation service was troublesome and the delays before take off and getting the luggage were a sad experience. Finnmatkat itself gets our warm recommendations for their great service and the possibility to fly to our dream destination.

View from the suite at PG_2

Arriving at the Marsa Alam Airport was superb. The warm sunny weather welcomed us, as well as the airport staff. Here we have a photo of a my husband and a staff member, who welcomed us warmly. Egyptians are so friendly.

Welcome to Marsa Alam Airport

We had arranged a car to pick us up from the airport. That is a great service from the hotel. It takes just 10 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel.

Here we are – finally at the hotel – happy and smiling.

Arriving at the hotel PG
Stay tuned – there are more stories to come!

ps. Here is a new photo of the amazing Picasso Triggerfish:

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Egypt: Red Sea: The Masked Pufferfish

We had the opportunity to travel to Port Ghalib, Egypt, for the third time.

The place is amazing. I will write more about it soon.

Here is one of the new great photo in our Red Sea collection:

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The Masked Pufferfish

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More stories and photos coming soon – stay tuned 🙂