The Great Sphinx of Giza – Giza, Egypt

Following on from my post about the Pyramids visit, we also went to see the Sphinx. You’ll definitely have seen photos of this around if you follow my insta and when you think of Egypt probably one of the first images you imagine is of the Sphinx and Pyramids.

We’d previously been at the Middle Pyramid site so took a short coach journey down to the Sphinx location, which isn’t far away at all. It’s actually at the end of a ramp road built in ancient times for transporting prepared bodies from the Sphinx area up to the Pyramids!

It’s pretty impressive to see but isn’t as big as maybe you’d imagine, similar to when I saw the Statue of Liberty. It’s still an epic sight all the same. The main viewing point is from the right side… entering through the Valley Temple of Khafre which was part a mortuary temple, where ceremonies were performed to prepare the dead for burial in the Pyramids (taken up the walkway I mentioned).

When you get through the Temple you get to a walkway so you can stroll along to see down to the butt of the cat (or the sphinxter as I later hilariously named it), though most people stay by the face. It’s in amazing condition and it’s another thing I could take photos of for daiz, with the Pyramids in the background and the colour of the gawjus limestone against the blue sky… Swoon. I liked the paws. It’s a vary majestic kitty cat I must say. It was built around 2558–2532 BC, mucho impressive.

Again similarly to the Pyramids we had a lot of selfie requests and they did interrupt my own tourist photos but the gals who approached me were very sweet/excited so I obliged; one even took a secret selfie with just my legs… and no they weren’t evenly shaven… Sorry kid.

I’d have liked to been able to see the Sphinx from the front front and there was a bit of ground where that was possible, but not for the tour we were on. Ideally I’d trot off to take a look and catch up but the group we were with were in the 65+ age range and we didn’t want to mess anything up for them. I’ll come back again and check it out from the front another time. If you book in for the evening light and sound show then you’ll get a different view but we didn’t stay for that… It’s voiced by Omar Sharif and we don’t imagine it’s changed a lot since the 80s so might be good for the lols but I’m a cheapo so didn’t want to fork out! Have a little Google if you think it’s something you might enjoy, I think tickets were about £28pp GBP.

From the Sphinx you get a view of all three Pyramids, which was pretty epic. We tried to get a photo but had limited time until excited folks gathered in the background to watch the pale tourists with glee. They were super cute.

Again this is a classic and legendary sight so I’d highly recommend a visit. We were there in early November and it was hot but not unbearable so I’d say that’s a pretty good time to go too, and gives a little break from the western Europe chill and rain.

Visited by catfan, Stefpuff

The Great Pyramids of Giza – Cairo, Egypt

Hello hello hello! We’re now (at time of posting) in lockdown stuck in our flat but at the time of writing I was in holiday in Egypt… so I thought I’d finally whap up this post to tell you about the Pyramids trip we went on. This was our first full day in Egypt and after a day of flights and a late hotel check in the night before, we were collected from the hotel lobby at 8.15am. Ouch!

We booked via Discover Egypt but the actual tour company for this excursion was Wings, in case anyone is interested. The day trip cost was included in our tour package (we had the 10 night Classic Egypt package and stayed on the MS Tulip) but you can find similar on Trip Advisor for around £50-70, which should include a visit to the Pyramids, the Sphinx and Saqqara. If you want to go inside any of the Pyramids it’s extra.

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Every Thursday at 8pm : COVID-19 #clapforourcarers

Ahoy everyone, I hope you’re doing well despite the current strange circumstances and are doing your part by staying at home to save lives, curbing the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

You may have seen in the news/on social media that during the various COVID-19 lockdown periods there have been bursts of applause happening in multiple countries to show thanks to front line workers while the majority of people are locked down in their homes. This is now coming to the UK, starting tonight at 8pm on Thursday 26 March 2020!

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Cavallo – Vienna, Austria

Guten morgen from Österreich! I’ve made it a focus to visit some new cities and with my main travel focus being eating, it’d be rude if I didn’t share some edible gems with y’all as I go.

So on the menu today we have Cavallo! A very cute and well decorated bar Cafe restaurant type place…yes, you know I’m a sucker for aesthetic restaurants.  This one in particular is ‘on it’ displaying many exposed bulbs with metal wire lampshades, a super nice colour scheme, soft looking furniture and it’s all just very aesthetically pleasing. It doesn’t stop with the furnishings and decoration either. Upon arrival we’re seated on a comfy corner bench seat and handed a menu each… The menus are magazines! Such a good idea. You pretty much get to see a photo of each dish and drink on offer and not like you would on a laminated double side menu in a cheap cafe, this has been properly done. Love it.

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Holybelly – Canal Saint Martin, Paris

Bonjour from Paris! Today I am bringing you some brunch lushness, right in yo’ face!

When I booked this little trip away I specifically didn’t want to be lumped in a touristy area, so chose to look up the ‘hipster’ parts of Paris. Yes, I am a twerp. I love this stuff.  The area I picked I mainly chose because it was less than five minutes away from the best boulangerie in the city but on our walk to said boulangerie, we stumbled upon Holybelly. And holy cow…it tickled my belly. A hipster brunch paradise on a cute little Parisienne street. Who’d have thunk it?

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Coffee Manufacture – Lviv, Ukraine

HELLOOOO UKRAINE! Where am I? LVIV! Why? Because! Me and two of my beautiful buds Lianne and Laura love to have a weekend together each year anywhere within a few hours flight from London.. this year it was Lviv!

We hadn’t heard of this city before but thought why not, hey? Upon digging into researching this blank slate of a city, we found that Lviv has a good few novelty venues (most of which are coffee or chocolate based) and this is one of them. I’ve accidentally become quite a big coffee fan and this seemed to be the place to go for good coffee and a bit of an experience in Lviv, so off we went.

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B Factory – Naples, Italy

I love meat. This is well known about me and Naples is very full of fish and pizza but I want my meat injection – wahey – from this city too.  There are a few steak restaurants around, none are in the centre of Naples but I found one on the sea front.

Sea front restaurant about a 30min walk from the historical district. Easy to find if you walk straight down the Toledo (main shopping road, so I hear) then curve with the shoreline to the right. Or just Google maps it.

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Pret A Manger – Chicken Protein Box

Hello! Today I want to tell you about a lunch I’ve become rather fond of which takes the form of a Protein Box from Pret. This isn’t sponsored and hasn’t been requested by a PR company, it’s just me sharing the love for something I quite like.

I eat a lot, and a lot of that is food which (combined with no exercise) means my clothes are slowly feeling tighter… my poor self control means I can’t cut delicious food out totally but I am trying to reduce my carb intake for lunches.  So here we are with this box which seemed like a good option to me and, as a classic millennial, I’m a right sucker for an avo.  However despite these lures I am also a bit of a stinge, so was initially put off by the £4.99 price tag.

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