After being taken to the airport in Luxor, we flew about 35 minutes towards Sharm El Sheikh.
Sharm el-Sheikh (شرم الشيخ, also transliterated as Sharm ash Shaykh), often known simply as “Sharm”, is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in Janub Sina’, Egypt, on the coastal strip between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai.
Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s Southern Sinai province which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai. Sharm el-Sheikh is known as The City of Peace referring to the large number of international peace conferences that have been held there. Sharm el-Sheikh is also known for its glamorous lifestyle, attracting millions of people each year.
Once we arrived, we were greeted by a new travel guide, who took us to the resort hotel we were going to be staying in. Having just left Luxor and catching a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals along the Nile, we were in for a surprise. Mrs. Menger and I felt as we were driven through International Drive in Orlando on our way to the hotel. Neon lights, restaurants and hundreds of people (obviously tourists) strolling along the main street. We could not believe our eyes that we were still in the same Egypt as a few hours earlier.
After we dropped off the suitcases in our room, we went for a stroll around the property. Both of us were drawn immediately to the beach area and could not help ourselves to take our shoes off and immerse our tired feet into the warm (Mrs. Menger thinks it was cold) waters of the Red Sea.
We had dinner in a huge dining hall with a buffet. We heard so many different languages while eating dinner. Most of the languages are not English. As a matter of fact, we have met very few Americans on our trip. With the majority of the tourists coming from Eastern European countries, Australia and Germany.
The resort seemed like some kind of Oasis in the middle of the rugged desert and mountains in Sharm El Sheikh. Everything was lush and green with beautiful flower, trees, shrubs and bushes. The blue pool and the sandy beaches were an amazing backdrop. We could hardly believe that we were still in Egypt.
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