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June 4, 2011

Ismailiya

Filed under: visits — scotsabroad @ 7:28 pm

We have always intended to visit the Suez Canal up close. We have just returned from, what will probably be our last road trip in the car,  and a very interesting few days in Ismailiya. The hotel was on the shore of Lake Timsah. We arrived quite early Friday morning and attempted to check-in. We began to realise that the Egyptian national squad were staying at the hotel. They play South Africa tomorrow and the manager’s job is on the line. Didn’t stop Shona going over and asking the great man (Hassan Shehata) for a photograph.

We eventually found the Ferri Setta (no.6 ferry) and attempted to cross into the Sinai. First attempt failed when we were asked to leave the ferry. Passports had been left with some soldiers where we were told to park the car. Later, without camera, we managed to get across. Not strictly the canal but still impressive to see the ships sailing through this narrow passage. We could see the Bar-Lev Line, breached with water hoses from Bavaria ordered by the Cairo Fire Department. The 73 monument, a testosterone fuelled bayonet.

We seek the Ismailiya museum around 4pm. We arrive to find the doors being pad-locked. No problem. We are ushered in to a small but delightful building. Highlight being the 4th century mosaic floor depicting scenes from mythology. Wise words even then…. man must avoid wine to protect his-self from the evil done and hatred.

Ignoring the advice, we seek a beer at George’s. A very unimpressive facade hides a great wee restaurant and bar. On Sharia Sultan Hussein and established by a Greek in the 1950s. The search for the perfect Stella is over. They come out of this cool-box.

 

Shona and the boys had a wonderful time in the hotel pool. Indeed, we didn’t want to rush home to Cairo and asked for late check-out. Egypt continues to delight and surprise us.

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1 Comment »

  1. what memories you will have
    Ian

    Comment by linda — June 4, 2011 @ 8:52 pm | Reply


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