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I am reaching deeper into my archives.
This is a photo which I took several years ago on the River Nile Cruise in the town of Edfu.

In the left side you see a fragment of a top deck of a boat with people enjoying the sun. The top decks usually have a small swimming pool and a whirlpool. The boats have several designated stops along the river. You see that the river bank is very well maintained with horse carriages waiting to take you straight to the touristic attraction which is a short ride nearby. Across the street you can spot souvenir shops selling everything you may or may not need. I have bought traditional Egyptian clothes, and my wife got a sexy outfit for belly dancing. Further in the distance you can notice a typical house. The metal rods sticking out of the roof are a very common sight. Does it mean that all the houses are under construction? Well we have heard that in Egypt when your house is ready and has the final roof cover – you pay some tax for it, so most people pretend that they are going to build the next floors, thus avoiding the tax.
If you are wondering if I know this guy in the photo the answer is: No. He probably thought that I just pretend to photograph the view and that in fact I was trying to capture his hot girlfriend.

Cruising River Nile
It is a great idea for vacations. You have the same usually luxurious accommodation and every day you visit another beautiful place. The only problem which you may encounter is the fact that although the boats vary very much in the standard which they offer, there is no way to check in advance which boat you will get onto. All the boats have assigned either 4 or 5 stars yet it does not correspond to anything. We have for example paid extra for the 5 star ship and yet the standard was terrible and our travel company did not take any responsibility. The ship had formally 5 stars and I guess many years ago it was great indeed but it was probably not cleaned since. Not even vacuumed, and the toilets not cleaned... Long story... The travel company (Triada) told us that it is formally 5 star and they don’t care. Some people went to court afterward and they have won but we live abroad so it was too complex. In spite of terrible conditions we really enjoyed the time. The places visited were spectacular and the people were very kind.

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