well no more about the gaddiss hotel, every morning i used to walk across to the sonesta from the gaddis and every day i was asked did i want calech which i politley said no thanks, after about 3 days i was asked "why i never want calech and always walked !!"" to which i answered that" i was only going across the road a short distance" to be yelled at by the driver that i should be takin the calech and giving the drivers work so they can eat !! i told him i understood what he was saying and agreed what he said but still didnt want a calech,!! after that he left me alone
whilst we wer in egypt just after we had left the sonesta to go to the lantern cafe, an older man was help up with a gun !apparently the robber had been watching him draw money from the atm outside sonesta, and followed him then robbed him and got off on a motor bike,
we wer told there had been a couple of muggings on st josephs road but we didnt see anything,
i did notice there seems to be an awful lot more bikes on the road since the 2 years i was there last,
somthing i did notice is that the locals are getting a lot more aggresive in their tone to the visitors where as before "la shukran "used to sufice it dosent work now, and they follow you ,
laura got some sunburn on her back and jon-paul went to the chemist near KFC, to get some after sun and he was asked by a young local did he want ""something to sniff!!"" (cocaine) jon-paul told him what to do !
then the next night laura and jon-paul wer both asked if they wanted drugs, by a different guy , when we mentioned this to our taxi driver hassan he said a lot more drugs are on the streets now as the road is blocked between karnak and where they wer staying and a lot of the dealers from the karnak end have come up to the busier end where they wer to flog their crap ! and that the more aggresive locals wer from the karnak end as a few of the hotels in karnak end are closed,so theyr not doin any business down there, ??
since that night our taxi driver waited for us to come out the hotel and would walk with us to where ever we wer going so we didnt get any more hassle off them,
it was jon-pauls first time to egypt and his birthday on the friday so we booked the boat trip to denderah, as a suprise for him but the night before we went we wer told it was cancelled as no one else had booked!! so they gave us a free faluka trip as a suprise for jon-paul, which was brillaint,amd they rebooked us on the sunday trip which we went on but on that trip there was only 20 other people on it,
we booked that with larouse tours on the same street as the lantern cafe, and it cost us £45 each, iv been going to luxor since laura was 8 and shes 22 now and wev always done the trip, as a relaxing day and boy i saw some change this time as before after you had been to the temple and got back on the boat for dinner which used to be a terrific buffet meal with loads of different foods, this time they was a small tray of roast chicken, sliced beef, and a small tray of fish, a tin of red beans a few bowls of salads, and beetroot salad and then further over there wer a couple of desserts as normaly we had gataues (sp?) was gutted as i love me cakes!!
oh well never mind!! must say the sonesta palyed a blinder for JP,S bithday as we mentioned it was his birthday and they decorated their roon with streamers and balloons with a home made cake ready for them when they got back to the hotel,
same with the lantern cafe just mentioned to debie it was his birthday when we booked a table and at the end of the meals we got cocktails and a massive birthday cake as a suprise for him, we had a brilliant time that night..thanks debbie !!
just watch out on the road the lantern and deans cafe is on theres a young kid about 4 or 5 who was sat with his dad begging and when he came up and asked for money we said no so he spat at laura and told her to f,,k o,f, then ran back to his dad? laughing, but do not confuse him with the little lad who does shoe shine, he was a love , he asked me did i want my flip flops polishing !!! now he was a laugh !!
i spent most of my time either round the sonesta pool or on st jo,s roof, by the pool , did notice that a lot of the hotels are empty the sonesta had only 2 floors open and there was no fighting for sunbeds in the morning, !!
we took a trip over to the west bank one day showing jp carters house and hatchepsut temple and valley of the queens , which was a relief from the east bank hassles had a terrific day but same again most of the places wer deserted,
all in all i did enjoy my visit this time , not as much as before, and i think it may be a couple of years till i go back only to see if it picks up there ,
got to say though our aircraft going had 26 enpty seats and coming back there wer 40 empty seats and its a much smaller aircraft than we normaly go on to luxor,
luxor needs a miracle to happen to get it back the way it was a few years back, but i will still be going back,