21 Nov 2011

OUR WORLD - Hurghada (Egypt)


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I have been two weeks in Hurghada at the Red Sea in Egypt. Hurghada stretches for about 36 kilometres (22 mi) along the seashore, and it does not reach far into the surrounding desert. The resort is a destination for Egyptian tourists from Cairo, the Delta and Upper Egypt, as well as package holiday tourists from Europe, notably Italians, Russians, Poles, Englishs and Germans. Until a few years ago it was a small fishing village. Today Hurghada counts 248,000 inhabitants and is divided into three parts: Downtown (El Dahar) is the old part; Sekalla is the city center, and El Memsha (Village road) is the modern part.

One late afternoon, we strolled through the rather big town which it has become now. Fortunately the hotels have their own beaches and are very quiet from the very busy main street you go through a hotel door and you are in another world, with parks, lots of flowers and a beach.



shops after shops you can buy anything you want !





Hotels and little shopping centers. Since a couple of years some of them have fixed prices, otherwise you have to haggle, even in a pharmacy !





Street sellers



Sand filled glass bottles with a camel as motive



in case you wish to become a belly dancer



very busy people ....



Russians or russian speaking people are not very welcome, but they are very generous with their dollars ! Good for the locals ! When I haggle I always say, you can put the price difference on the next Russian tourist ! which usually works with a lot of laughter.





and taxis "en masse" very cheap. Cheaper then a bus ticket in Brussels ! We payed 1 $ for a ride of about 2 km !

17 comments:

Gary said...

Great place and an interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

You do get to the most interesting places, Gattina! And I always love your posts and photos! The next best thing to being there myself! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Kathiesbirds said...

That's quite a place. Love the "belly dancer" photo. I would not be very good at haggling! It does all look far too busy for me.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the lovely tour! The city shots are great. I would like to see the quiet resort side too. Thanks for sharing your world. Have a wonderful week!

Kay L. Davies said...

When I decide to become a belly-dancer, I'll get you to take me shopping!
I enjoyed these photos very much. So interesting!
—K

peppylady (Dora) said...

Until a few years ago it was a small fishing village...."there a lot of towns and cities smaller ones that once just depend on one main industry. It used to be logging where I'm at but not anymore.

I have to say those sand bottles are sure pretty.
Hope you'll be back doing photo hunt.

Coffee is on.

Indrani said...

Lot of souvenirs there. :) My eyes always search for them wherever I travel. :)

ladyfi said...

Sounds like a fun trip! Hurghada looks like a pretty big town.

loveablecasandra said...

Never been to Egypt but I am so intrigue with the cultures. I hope one day:)

Visiting for MYM! Hope you can visit mine too:)

http://www.loveablecassandra.com/2011/11/mellow-yellow-monday-148-spongebob-mug-set.html

FotoAnna said...

I love your pics and I hope you have enjoyed your trip!
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

Jo said...

What an interesting post about your recent destination. Glad you had a good time. Jo

Jo said...

What an interesting post about your recent destination. Glad you had a good time. Jo

A Lady's Life said...

the streets do not look busy.but I am sure the shopping must be so much fun. I always enjoyed shopping in Asia just because of the local feel to it. It wasn;t like going into a large supermarket. You could explore touch think talk and smile. Its more personal and you get to meet more people this way.

catsynth said...

Looks like quite a dynamic resort. it is amazing how quickly some towns can grow. I of course noticed the golden cat in one of the shops.

Cezar and Léia said...

So many diversity!I LOVE those dresses!
Léia

Carver said...

Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

☆☆Mumsy said...

What a fantastic resort, and looks so nice!