|Camels are a reason to visit the Middle East and North Africa|
While I hate to burst the worry-bubble of well-meaning friends, let me just say, ‘Au contraire. . .’
|Hotel chandelier - Cairo, Egypt|
|Athens is but a short flight from Cairo|
Those of you regulars here know that since we’ve begun ‘commuting’ between Seattle and Athens, we have found that flying from that side of the Atlantic is much less expensive than starting in Seattle. That means 'Somewhere-Seattle-Somewhere' is cheaper than 'Seattle-Somewhere-Seattle'. And one of the best departure cities we’ve found is Cairo, because it is inexpensive, its exciting and it is only a short flight away from Athens. Even with that short flight, we’ve saved big bucks by using Cairo as a hub city.
|Morning traffic Cairo en route to our hotel there|
|A welcome on our room's television screen in Cairo (it was promoting Kuwait City)|
|J.W. Marriott - Cairo, Egypt|
While the entry and hotel exterior is rather plain looking, it is what awaits inside that makes for the treat! It simply feels like entering a palace.
|Lobby J.W. Marriott - December 2015|
In fairness, I must mention hotel security. Many of the large hotels we’ve stayed at on the other side of the Atlantic (not just in Cairo) do have strict security measures in place.
Often before the taxi or shuttle pulls onto the hotel grounds armed guards check the vehicle with the assistance of bomb-sniffing dogs. They open trunks and look under the vehicle.
They also have x-ray machines for hand carry bags at the lobby entry. At the J.W. Cairo our large suitcases were run through a separate x-ray machine.
Early on in our travels, I’ll admit I found it a bit unnerving, but now – especially now -- I see it as rather comforting and mention it only because it is part of the reality of today’s travel, no matter how luxurious the hotel might be.
The Suite Life
|Our 'suite' J.W. Marriott - Cairo, Egypt - December 2015|
|Marble elevators - J.W. Marriott, Cairo, Egypt|
Our return leg of our round-trip ticket (Cairo-Seattle-Cairo) brought us back in March. We’d had a flight delay in Paris – one of their annoying hour-long airport strikes – which made our arrival in Cairo very late. We figured we’d be lucky to get any room and didn’t expect another ‘suite’ stay.
Once again, that genie must have rubbed the magic lamp because this time not only did we have a suite, we had a two-story suite! (I didn’t know they even had such accommodations in hotels!) It was so late and we were so jet-lagged tired that we didn’t get a chance to luxuriate for very long. Early the next morning we were up and off to Athens.
Still, our stays there make for 'suite' memories. . .
|You would sit here to get your shoes shined at the J.W. - Cairo, Egypt|
And I’ll bet it wouldn’t surprise you, if I said Cairo is tempting us again. . .of course, there’ll be that matter of getting there from Abu Dhabi, but I’m leaving those details up to The Scout. I’ll just tell you about them after he figures them out!
That’s it for this week. Hope your summer has been filled with adventures and fun travels. Tell us about them in the comments below. And hope to see you next week – bring some friends along! As always, thanks for joining us~we appreciate your time and hope we are inspiring you to stretch the comfort zone a bit, just as we’ve been doing.
I suppose I should add a disclaimer to this one: We pay the same prices at the hotels as you would, we are not 'comp’ed' for these stays nor are we paid for writing reviews of them. We are members of Marriott's rewards/loyalty program and therefore qualify for room upgrades if available -- a pretty 'suite' perk!
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