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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 259728
    when did he go? my nephew has just come back, and they had to have an armed guard because of everything that was going on. not my idea of a thing i would want to subject myself or my family to
    It's not as bad as it sounds Mick.

    We went a few years back and whilst there was an armed guard on the bus, no-one else actually realised. It was only because Chris and I were sat at the front that we saw the machine gun under the man at the front's suit jacket.

    The reason they have done this was after the attacks at the Egyptian museum, they found that tourists weren't going so they decided to make people feel safer.

    I actually felt sorry for the local people, we were in a convoy of buses and there was an open back truck in front with 2 police outriders on bikes. Whenever we got to traffic lights, the police stopped all the traffic so the buses could carry on without stopping. Whether this was because we were on a tour I don't know, but to me it didn't feel "right" that local people should be treated like this

    I was glad when we went to the Sphinx though, because they kept the beggars at bay. It was amazing to see, but I was also disappointed at the same time - it was all about making money









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    Wendy, it doesn't matter to me if it's to make you feels safer or not, it's the fact that they are there. To me that's not the kind of holiday I want, to have protection to visit somewhere.

    To me the pyramids are totally fascinating, the whole thing with ancient Egypt intrigues me. I watched a programme about the restoration and the workers were doing more damage to the artifacts than anything else, they just weren't qualified to do it, that's just criminal. The tourists are ruining everything there but without it there's no money to keep it as it should be. Just a catch 22 situation sadly :(
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    I know this is off-topic but I remember one time back in the early 70's, in fact it may have been after the killings at the '72 Olympics. I flew into Paris from the US on an Air France plane and their pilots went on strike, so I couldn't get my connecting flight back to Germany. They ended up putting me on a Royal Air Maroc flight. The plane, sitting on the tarmac, was ringed by armed guards carrying machine guns.





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    I remember right after 9/11 we had armed military in our airports with M-16s and dressed in full fatigues. At first it was a distraction because we weren't used to seeing this in the states but after awhile you didn't even notice.

    We have been researching Egyptian holidays over the past 2-3 years and the large group tours have always mentioned police escorts. I would rather have them there than not.












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    I'm not sure what's on my bucket list - I've done lots of things I always wanted to do!

    But there are parts of the US I've never seen, that would be good, and I've never been to Canada.

    I have family there - my great-great-grandparents emigrated from England to Ontario in 1911, would be interesting to see where they lived.


    I'd like to visit the Netherlands to see where my grandfather's family lived.

    And I have so much more of England still to see.

    There you are there's a few things.
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    Travel - US, Canada, Australia and NZ mainly with a few European weekends thrown in for good measure!
    Would ideally like to visit all the States in America - better get a move on then because so far I have only done three!






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    Quote Originally Posted by lisaw, post: 259780
    Travel - US, Canada, Australia and NZ mainly with a few European weekends thrown in for good measure!
    Would ideally like to visit all the States in America - better get a move on then because so far I have only done three!
    I've lived here most of my life Lisa and still haven't been to them all, but I've been to more than half including every state east of the Mississippi River.





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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 259742
    Wendy, it doesn't matter to me if it's to make you feels safer or not, it's the fact that they are there. To me that's not the kind of holiday I want, to have protection to visit somewhere.

    To me the pyramids are totally fascinating, the whole thing with ancient Egypt intrigues me. I watched a programme about the restoration and the workers were doing more damage to the artifacts than anything else, they just weren't qualified to do it, that's just criminal. The tourists are ruining everything there but without it there's no money to keep it as it should be. Just a catch 22 situation sadly :(


    I know, to be honest, yes I have seen them, but I was absolutely gutted when the coach was taking us there and the guide pointed the pyramids out to us. We were in the centre of Cairo and to the left on the hill was the pyramids :(

    I, wrongly, assumed they would be in the dessert away from everything, I certainly didn't expect to visit the sphinx and see a take-away, homes and a mosque









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    I'm pretty much like everyone else, I want to travel. There are so many beautiful places to see in the world.

    I would love to take a relaxing vacation in Fiji. Away from it all. No cell phones, no internet, and no tv. Just me, my kindle, and fruity drink.

    I also want to jump out of a plane. Yes, I know it sounds nuts, but you know, you wouldn't catch me alive in a cave. So while I'm okay with diving out of a plane, I won't go walking in any sort of cave.

    I also want to spend a fall vacation at the Mt Washington Hotel in NH. I've seen it on tv and online and it just screams fall time. Again, a quiet vacation with beautiful sceneary.

    That's a couple of things that come to mind.

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