18 Dec 2015



On Monday we had to leave the Sunrise Resort Hotel in Hurghada, which had been home to us for 2 weeks.

The morning we spent at the swimming pool and watched the animation team perform, then we packed our suitcases and went for lunch. We said good-bye to all the people we had met, and promised to come back next year.

The luggages were put at the entrance and I took the last view on the beautiful Christmas tree ! The bus which picked us up to bring us to the airport was a very special one. A modern looking bus, but as soon as you sat on the seat  it fell into sleeping position. That provoked screams of surprise, complaints and then laughter ! All seats were looking normal, but then they fell back. So we were all hanging or laying or sitting in our seats. The guide excused himself for the bus, and promised to get it repaired, but that will be for the next load of tourists !

2. The check in at the Hurghada airport earns an extra post ! It was hilarious, you only could take it with humor or you would have gotten a heart attack of anger ! We had to show our passport 5 times and take off our shoes 4 times. We also were body checked after the scan which hadn't said a peep but apparently the all in black dressed woman with a black scarf, looking as if she had just swallowed a glass of vinegar, loved to touch women from top to bottom.

Finally we made it into the airplane and had a smooth flight back. Mr. G. picked us up at the airport.

3. The first day at home I felt strange. It was cold and gray and looking out of the kitchen, I saw the empty space where our fir tree stood (see post below), how sad.  My suitcase contained bathing suits and T-shirts. What a difference from the day before. Finally I pulled my courage together and emptied my suitcase, threw everything into the laundry and was exhausted.

After all this beautiful Christmas decoration in Egypt, our living room looked so cold and empty. I took out the advent wreath and put four candles around, at least a little something. The rest will follow another day !

4. I had missed aqua gym 3 times so I went to recuperate one lesson. I met some other people and the teacher was a young man. He wore a Father Christmas hat and that looked quite funny. He wasn't as good as my usual teacher, but it was nice. After that I did some very necessary shopping and then went home.

5. I went to my painting class to celebrate Christmas, because next week there are the Christmas Holidays.

The entrance of the retirement home where we have our classes was nicely decorated.

Jeanine, one of my class mates had baked these Christmas cakes called "Buches de Noël" which means "Christmas logs".  They were absolutely delicious. I had the honor to eat baby Jesus.

Here we are celebrating, the one in black is Jeanine who had made the Christmas logs.

In the afternoon I went one step further in my Christmas decoration, I carried the box from the basement to the living room !

more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - well done ... you had a good time. Yes it is grey, but mild here ... lovely Buche de Noel ... they do look very good. Difficult to get back into things after being away ... enjoy the weekend and Christmas spirit - cheers Hilary

Barbara H. said...

What cute Christmas logs! I am glad you had such a nice holiday - funny about the bus seats. I haven't traveled in a long time and it's not my favorite thing to do - I'd be pretty frazzled after all those checks and inspections.

Your advent wreath and candles look nice.

Susan said...

Welcome home, Gattina - even if it is gray and cold.
Your trip to Egypt sounds lovely even though getting home wasn't so lovely.
I will have to read your other posts to find out more about your trip and tree.
I hope you have more energy today and are able to get your decorations up.
Merry Christmas.

nikkipolani said...

I will have to catch up with your Egypt posts, Gattina! I have never been and just the tiny picture of the airport hassles makes me glad you went and wrote about the adventure! Glad you're back safe and sound, if a bit colder and slightly exhausted. And merry Christmas!

Willow said...

You ate Baby Jesus??!
I am glad you are safely home from your Egypt holiday, crazy bus, long customs checking notwithstanding.
Wishing you warm and sunny days!

Susanne said...

I can imagine the first day back would be difficult. I laughed at the bus seats. That is crazy. Those check ins would not have been fun. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Gattina!