Saturday, 7 March 2015

On our travels ..... AGAIN!

Evening all.
Not much has been happening on the cross stitch front for a few weeks now. It may be something to do with the cold weather, but I've also been suffering a bit with my health. For some years I've had issues with an intermittent pain in my left leg. I've come to the conclusion that it's similar to sciatica, but not exactly the same - so I've been doing some Googling! Fatal really if you're a hypochondriac! But luckily I'm not! I think I've narrowed it down to something called "Meralgia Paraesthetica" - but as I'm due for a doctor's review of my Blood Pressure meds next week I shall ask then. It's basically when a nerve gets trapped near the hip, and subsequently pain shoots down the outside of the thigh. It comes and goes, but when it strikes - BOY!! It's a burning pain or else it feels like someone reached in and is twisting the muscle! When it strikes, there's no way to alleviate it either. And when it wakes you at night - it's all I can do not to scream sometimes. Still hopefully the doc will have some suggestions for me to help.

Last month Mike and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary!
Our wedding day in 1975! (I made that dress myself!)

We decided to make a special trip to celebrate. Since we went on the Nile cruise back in 2010, we have always said that we would like to go back and relax on board rather than getting up at silly o'clock to dash off to visit all the sights! So that's what we did. We took one of our friends with us who has never been to Egypt. We stayed 3 nights at the Makadi Spa hotel, then were driven across to the Nile where we met the boat (MS Grand Rose). After 7 nights on board, we then went back to the Makadi Spa for another 4 nights. Now I shall bore you with some of the photos we took!

From here it's a bit photo intensive, so I shan't be offended if you want to skip these!
Front of the Makadi Spa hotel at night 
View of the Red Sea from the Makadi Spa hotel
Edge of the infinity pool at the hotel
The infinity pool looking out to the Red Sea
The beach
MS Grand Rose reception
Karnak Complex

Pillars in Karnak - this location was used in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"
Avenue of Sphinxes which is believed to run from Karnak to Luxor Temple 
Entrance to Luxor Temple 
Luxor Temple
3 views of Nile boats 

Komombo Temple 
The Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan - Agatha Christie wrote part of "Death on the Nile" here.

As you can see we didn't go on many trips off the boat. Maybe next time I write, I'll add a few of the photos from our previous trip too. The only one we went on this time was the Karnak and Luxor temples - in 2010 it was getting to dusk when we arrived, so I wanted to see it in daylight! 

Well after that whistle stop tour of Egypt, I'd better let you get on with your daily life! Next time I'll bring you up to date on my stitching!
Take care


Deb said...

Congrats on your wedding anniversary milestone!
Wonderful pictures! Looks like a grand trip!!!

Meari said...

Loved seeing your trip photos to Egypt! Happy Anniversary!

Hope you get relief from your leg pain soon.

Donna Pheneger said...

Loved looking at your pictures - Karnak reminds me of The Mummy 2 with Brendan Fraser! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Pamela Redfern said...

Sandie, just staying at the spa hotel would have suited me fine, but of course we are both adventurous women! We want to not only see the world but savor it! Once again I love your pictures. You and Hubby have a wonderful anniversary! I know all about the sciatic nerve and pain~OUCH@ hope the doctor can do something for you~I just live with pain. But anyhow, I think you are an amazing woman! hugs, and happy stitching, queeny