Late afternoon we took a taxi and went to the new Hurghada. Apparently as there is a terrible lack of tourists nobody goes to the old little fisher town anymore but to the new built tourist places which we hadn't seen yet. We went to the Cleopatra store, very big and bought all what we needed. Gold and silver jewelry is very cheap, it's almost half price or even less than at home. Nicole bought two pairs of earrings and a ring and Chantal too and a bracelet.
Finally we had everything and called for a taxi. One stopped. We had paid 2 € to the shop which is really very cheap, and of course we wanted to pay the same price back. He wanted 5, I told him we had paid two and I wouldn't pay more. He swore probably but then agreed. We sat in the car. Then he started to ask for more money. I told him we agreed on 2 € and he wouldn't get more. He swore more I suppose so I told him to stop and let us out.
Chantal had her hand open with the two € and he took one. But he didn't stop. As I was the only one speaking English, I told him again to stop. Suddenly he agreed on 3 €, I said OK. Then he drove like crazy doubling left and right and horned and insulted other taxi drivers it was really crazy ! After that he got lost he mixed up the hotel names and drove us to another one. We told him that this wasn't our hotel, long discussion and then he wanted 5 € because the way had been longer, and at that moment I decided not to answer anymore which he took for an agreement. Nicole was in fear she thought he would beat us or whatever and I told her to keep quiet, I still had the two crutches of Chantal ! (in case) When finally we arrived at our hotel, I jumped out of the car before he could do anything and called the security service of our hotel. The guy came and I shouted over the street that we had troubles with the taxi driver ! The driver took the 2 € Chantal gave him and went off like a flash !
Poor Nicole had to calm down, Chantal and I laughed and thanked our security man !
The rest of the evening we spent chatting with a couple from Paris who also had some similar adventures. Exceptions are everywhere because all the other Egyptian people were very friendly and correct.
The new Hurghada
Souvenirs of all kinds
Beautiful jewelry in gold and silver
Even a cat but not for sale
and wooden boxes decorated with mother of pearls.
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