As they say that you should not count the years with the number of days in a calendar year. As the pages flip into another year, it is supposed to increase the number of years you have been around. Why quantify this wonderful life we have when we can amplify its value by not counting the days and years but by creating and counting precious experiences and memories every moment. Before the start of 2016, we gave our readers a sneak peek here of our travels plans for the year. We successfully ticked off most of the destinations from our list except a few towards the last quarter of the year which we could not complete, especially to give priority to visiting family related travels. May be it was important to slow down, pause and reflect for a while before refuelling and relaunching ourselves anew for 2017!
A visit to the Pyramids is like a long pending pilgrimage to your school-days memories when numerous text books on history of the world was full of pictures and periods spent by the Pharaoh Kings and Queens of ancient Egypt. Rightfully their slogan to woo more tourists says “Egypt- where it all began”, and it actually delivers that experience of being at the beginning of something fundamental, something that shaped civilisations and rituals, something that invoked the mysteries around death and afterlife.
We had been feeling selfish for a while not to write about this experience with you. We were exposed to the mean version of us which just wanted to keep guarding the secret of Egypt all by ourselves. Eventually we gave up because of the power of a natural beauty which is unforeseen, unequalled and untouched, all of which proved to be stronger than our selfishness of concealing it.
Away from straight thoughts on vogue, voyage and voracity, we thought to share with you moments of reflections we experienced in the eventful memories we chased, some reflections on faith, fears and fidelity of religions and rituals.
Cairo will prove to be colourful but chaotic. If the cacophony burns you out, you will know it’s time to travel up to Upper Egypt where the Valley of the Kings lies. In other words, you have to step away from crazy Cairo to step into the realm of history and luxury – which is only found in Luxor. While you contemplate at the setting sun from the banks of the river Nile, you can look away at the majestically meditating vast Valley of the Kings turning from orange to pink. You can feel lost in thoughts and reflections of time and of yourself, all from the best spot in Luxor to absorb a whole range of history and charm. And that is possible only from the river-facing abundant terrace of the Sonesta St. George Hotel.
Not many times this happens that the morning sunshine will gently descend on your eyes to wake you up in the brand new sunny day and you will be greeted with “a very good morning” by the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Reads like exaggeration but happens every day to those smart travellers to Egypt who decide to stay in the arms of the magical monuments of the ancient world. Put differently, if you are visiting Egypt for business, stay in Cairo. But if your sole mission is to see for yourself the Pyramids, then without an iota of doubt you need to set up your den at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa. Just a 5 minute drive away from the site of the Wonder of this World – this hotel gave Team OneTimeFashionista the perfect week long launchpad to explore at our own convenience and comfort – the Great Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur, Memphis, a day out in Cairo and also the remote White Deserts in the Bahariya Oasis.
This story is set in the dusty ruins around the Great Pyramids of Giza. As these wonders of the ancient world stand still carefully guarding the secrets of the mummies deep down below, another mystery still unfolded on ground. Some magical moments have been captured between the imaginary ravishing Pharaoh princess in black, orange and ginger and the agent in shades! While the drama unfurled in front of the camera, the three pyramids along with the Sphinx took the seats in audience to witness the Egypt Episode of OneTimeFashionista.