Sunday, March 8, 2009


Greetings from Cairo:

Wow! what a place. There are 20 people and over 5 million cars in Cairo. You would not believe this place. I sure don't.

However before I get on that let me give you a quick run down of the previous week. We spent the week touring Isreali. The sights we saw were totally unbelieveable. Things that you have seen on TV and in the movies and then suddenly there you are standing there. For example there we were looking as the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). How many times have you seen it on TV? Wow. Or how about this, we were in this one church which was built over the place where Jesus was crusified and buried. How is that for a mind blower? But wait then we are on a bus going to Bethleham to see where Jesus was born. It is in side the Palistine quarters. So we have to pass though guard towers which are bristling with 50 calibur machine guns. Sacry! However there was lots of fun stuff as well. We toured the Dead Sea where the salt is so concentrated that you float on top of the water. However you have rub yourself in the mud first. Or how about walking though old Jerusleum and seeing the butcher shops with the goat hanging in the window. I thought that the goats were out in the desert with the Bedowins.

We have a week here before we fly up to Luxor. It is going to be quite an adventure. I will get some pictures up as soon as I can but I can't promise when, as the tour is pretty intense. So far I have 500+ pictures.

I hope everyone is doing well. Ok I guess spell check doesn't work from here.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Greetings From New York!

To be totally honest we are actually in Queens. We are staying in a place called the Hilton Garden Court. Where they came up with the word Garden from is a total mystery. The place is located in between a bunch of freeways. There are freeway ramps totally surrounding the place. The redeeming feature is that it is only about 5 minutes from the JFK airport, and it has a free shuttle and free buffet breakfast. On the buffet breakfast, I had maybe the hardest Bear Claw in the world. It must have been sitting on the buffet since they opened the place thirty years ago.

Agnes and I were going to take the subway into New York and do a city tour or something as our plane does not leave until 6:00Pm. However it is cold and blustery here and the forecast is for 11+ inches of snow. Apparently there is a big blizzard headed this way. It has been forecast to start at 6:00 PM which is the time our plane leaves. I hope they can predict the weather that accurately. So we are just going to chill out in the hotel. Then take the shuttle to the airport.

One of the things I want to do is to run though Central Park. You see all the runners in the movies, and I think that would be something to do. Stay in one of the downtown hotels so that you could take a run though the park. See who says the bucket list thing have to be things like hike to the Mount Everest Base Camp.

The the itinerary looks like we get on the airplane at 6:00 Pm today. We arrive in London Heath row tomorrow morning, where we get on the plane to Israel. We arrive there about 6:00 Pm. Transfer to the hotel and join the tour.

I am good and ready for this trip I watched the Mummy on TV the other day.

There are no pictures to post.