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Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is magnificent!

I read about a fantastic place in Egypt. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.

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.

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.

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

Our dream came true in March 2018. The Oberoi is such a magnificent place, I can warmly recommend a short or a long vacation at this beautiful Five Star All Suite Hotel!

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If you  like a peaceful and beautiful beach, rather than a very crowded one, you will love Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh beach. The seaview is amazing. The waves touch gently the wonderful sandy beach. And there is plenty of space for all visitors to sunbathe on the beach. They have also great service also at the beach. Towels, sunchairs, water and even sunscreen. This beach is fantastic!

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If you like to swim in the sea, snorkel and watch the wonderful Red Sea underwater world, you can do so very easily from the pier. There is also the possibility to scubadive.

We like freediving and photographing underwater. This is one of the photos we got. The gorgeous Masked Butterflyfish, the small and beautiful damselfish and also the Orangespine Unicornfish were all right there waiting for us 🙂

Stay tuned, I will blog more about this great place later!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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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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.

Beautiful Sabaudia in Italy

A few years back we decided to rent a house south from Rome. We wanted to enjoy new areas, if possible close to the Mediterranean Sea. I googled for rental houses. After finding houses which were either too expensive or not to our liking, I saw an interesting  house in SabaudiaWe had never heard of this city, but found it interesting as it was very close to the sea and the house offered everything we wanted to a reasonable price. 

We investigated a bit more. When we realized the sandy beach next to the town was 20 kilometers long we made our decision.

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After arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, we rented a car (once in Italy, the choice was of course an Alfa Romeo) and drove 90 kilometers south. The drive was a bit longer than we are used to, but it was worth it. The house, the garden, the town and the beach – they were all fabulous. 

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A little bit of the town history: The architects  Gino Cancellotti, Luigi Piccinato and Alfredo Scalpelli made the city plans and the work started in August 1933. 6000 people built the city and it was ready already after a year. 

The house had a small garden in the front and on the back.

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Even though we like to cook ourselves, sometimes it is great to go to a nearby restaurant. We tried fish, sea food, pasta and of course pizza. We fell in love with the pizza Diavola, which is quite spicy.

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The beach was fantastic. Hot summer days and cool Mediterranean Sea is a perfect match.

We can warmly recommend to spend a week or two in Sabaudia.

Swimming in the Med

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Port Ghalib – still so perfect

When visiting Port Ghalib, in Southern Egypt, you can cruise out to the sea in a catamaran. This one looked awesome.

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The Red Sea is one of the best places in the world. You can enjoy swimming in it, sit on the sandy beach and enjoy the fabulous sea view, enjoy a catamaran cruise or go below the surface. We like to go below the surface and watch and photograph the beautiful and colorful fish and corals.

Here are a few new photos from our latest trip to Port Ghalib. I will post more Red Sea photos weekly or at least several times a month. This time we took 1400 photos 🙂

ps. click on the photos to see them enlarged

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Klunzingers Wrasse
Klunzingers Wrasse
Masked Butterflyfish
Masked Butterflyfish

The staff, the service, the food, the atmosphere and the suite – everything was perfect once again at the Palace. We hope this all will continue with the new owners, the Red Sea Hotels.

The sea view from our suite was fantastic!

View from the suite
View from the suite

Breakfast and dinner in the Olive restaurant was a thrill every day. It was nice to meet familiar faces in the staff.

Olive restaurant at the Palace

Watch out for the dessert table. You might eat too much, as the Egyptians make beautiful and delicious desserts.

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The appetizers, salads and main courses were all superb. No matter if you like vegetarian food, chicken, fish or meat, you will always find something great and tasty to enjoy.

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More stories and photos to come, so stay tuned! 🙂

Greece: Kato Alepochori and Psatha

There are 2 roads to choose from, when you want to drive from Megara to beautiful Kato Alepochori (population less than 1 000), situated at the shore of Gulf of Corinth. We took the shorter route (23 kilometers).

The other road takes you through the high mountains, is a 4 kilometers longer route, but offers you a lot more to see. This road ends at Egirousa, also on the shores of the Gulf of Corinth. From Egirousa you drive in a few minutes to Kato Alepochori. We took the mountain route when we drove back to Megara.

Megara to Kato Alepochori map

As we were going to spend 5 days in Kato Alepochori, after 9 days in Megara, we decided to drive to the shores of Gulf of Corinth, to see in advance what the area looked like.

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When we got closer to the Gulf of Corinth, the road took us higher and higher. There are some fabulous and beautiful mountains between inland and the beach towns. The views are breathtaking. 

ps. to enlarge the photos, click on them 🙂

view from the hill

Kato Alepochori is only a few kilometers long. It is a quiet town during the week. It is a popular place for the Greek to come and relax in the sun during the weekends. Then the town is crowded.

Alepochori

We rented a maisonette in Kato Alepochori.

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The maisonette had 3 floors, but only 1 room on each floor. Bathrooms and toilets were found on all floors. This was a very new style for us, but we liked it. We slept at the top floor. The middle floor was the kitchen (with a small living room like space) and the bottom floor had a huge bedroom for 4 people and a big bathroom.

Alepochori talo

The exterior was so beautiful. White walls, blue doors and red flowers.

One day, during our stay in Kato Alepochori, we drove east.

Alepochori to Psatha map
The road takes you to Psatha, a wonderful small town, which is surrounded by high mountains, and has a fantastic bay. I think the Greek come here on weekends. It is a secret pearl.

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The view from the road above Psatha is breathtaking. 

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The life in PSatha was so silent and relaxing, I could not believe we were in Greece.

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We found many restaurants. Most of them were built next to the nice beah and bay. We sat down, had a small lunch and enjoyed the view. The beach was just 2 meters away.

As the day was quite warm, we decided it was time for a swim in the Gulf of Corinth. So we drive back tou our maisonette in Kato Alepochori, put on our bathing suits and walked down to the beach. It was a nice and quiet beach. Only a few other people were there.

Uimassa Alepochorin rannalla

Many airplanes flew above the bay. My husband likes to take pictures of airplanes. Here is one. I think it is an CL-215.

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The water was nice most of the days. Some days there was a lot of trash in the sea. The waves brought them from other towns. I wish people did not throw trash in the sea.

This was the first time I saw Sea Urchins. We were surprised to see them in Greece.

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The Sea Urchin’s body, closed in a compact shell, is covered with spines which are mobile. The spines can be up to 30 cm long. So watch out where you step.

This vacation was great and full of new experiences and scenery. I can warmly recommend the sunny Greece and the secret pearls like Kato Alepochori, Psatha, Pachi etc. Book a flight, rent a car and go exploring. You won’t regret it.

Kreikan maaseutuja JH