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    Shopping

    by dave123taylor Written Sep 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: When you visit Egypt/Luxor, you will be seen as a cash cow. You are there to have your money taken from you.
    A shop keeper’s aim is to take as much money as possible from you. He will not offer you something for a fair price then expect you to pay it.

    He'll probably start at 3 to 10 time the fair price.

    Here's how I deal with it.

    Make your Mind up on the Following before attempting to do a Deal.
    Do you want the item?
    What price would you be willing to pay max?
    What would be a really good bargain price for you?]
    Also have the right change ready for the amount you want to pay. (Important)
    Let’s take an example of a Galabeya.
    Once the shop keeper has your attention he'll ask if you want to deal in Egyptian or English pounds. Let’s say Egyptian pounds.
    He'll tell you he'll let you have it for 500 EP (That’s £50)
    When you laugh at him give it him back and move away he'll give it you back and say okay no tourist price but Egyptian price or Asda price for 300 EP.
    Say no and say too much.
    He'll ask you okay how much you want to pay. tel him your bargain price and say it's not worth more that's all you want to pay.
    So offer him your bargain price of 30 EP (£3) now he'll act insulted and maybe laugh at you.
    He may come down to 150 EP (£15) that's from £50
    Tell him okay you'll go to 40 Ep (£4)
    He'll beg for the 150EP (£15)
    At this point give it him back and walk away.
    He'll come after you. (Yes he will, he'll not loose a sale)
    Have you last price ready (Say 50 EP £5) Show him the 50Ep and say you are going now take the Galabeya and give him the 50EP. If he takes it you've got you deal. £5 down from £50. :)
    If you do walk away and he doesn't follow you don't worry. You then know his last price was really his lowest and he can't go lower.
    You can then either go back and offer him that price or you know at the next shop the lowest price to pay.

    HAVE FUN, IT'S A GAME.

    Fondest memory: The Temples

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    Shopping

    by dave123taylor Written Sep 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: When you visit Egypt/Luxor, you will be seen as a cash cow. You are there to have your money taken from you.
    A shop keeper’s aim is to take as much money as possible from you. He will not offer you something for a fair price then expect you to pay it.

    He'll probably start at 3 to 10 time the fair price.

    Here's how I deal with it.

    Make your Mind up on the Following before attempting to do a Deal.
    Do you want the item?
    What price would you be willing to pay max?
    What would be a really good bargain price for you?]
    Also have the right change ready for the amount you want to pay. (Important)
    Let’s take an example of a Galabeya.
    Once the shop keeper has your attention he'll ask if you want to deal in Egyptian or English pounds. Let’s say Egyptian pounds.
    He'll tell you he'll let you have it for 500 EP (That’s £50)
    When you laugh at him give it him back and move away he'll give it you back and say okay no tourist price but Egyptian price or Asda price for 300 EP.
    Say no and say too much.
    He'll ask you okay how much you want to pay. tel him your bargain price and say it's not worth more that's all you want to pay.
    So offer him your bargain price of 30 EP (£3) now he'll act insulted and maybe laugh at you.
    He may come down to 150 EP (£15) that's from £50
    Tell him okay you'll go to 40 Ep (£4)
    He'll beg for the 150EP (£15)
    At this point give it him back and walk away.
    He'll come after you. (Yes he will, he'll not loose a sale)
    Have you last price ready (Say 50 EP £5) Show him the 50Ep and say you are going now take the Galabeya and give him the 50EP. If he takes it you've got you deal. £5 down from £50. :)
    If you do walk away and he doesn't follow you don't worry. You then know his last price was really his lowest and he can't go lower.
    You can then either go back and offer him that price or you know at the next shop the lowest price to pay.

    Fondest memory: The Temples

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    Near the Valley of the Kings

    by CandS Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There is a lot to see around the Valley of the Kings area... We took a donkey ride from the Nile up to the Valley of the Kings and had some great views along the way. If you get the chance to do a donkey ride then go for it...it's fairly comfortable and a lot of laughs... Some of the bigger guys found it uncomfortable (and wanted to carry the donkey instead of having it carry them!) but most of us thought it was fine - much better than riding a horse, that's for sure!

    Near the Valley of the Kings Near Thebes Valley of the Kings Valley of the Kings
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    The Nile River

    by CandS Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Nile River is the lifeline of the majority of Egyptians... It runs from the top to the bottom of Egypt and almost all of the Egyptian people live on or near the river. It is also a very big tourist attraction with many tourists going on cruises, felucca rides etc...

    Nile Sunset The Nile River
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    Ramadan

    by CandS Written Dec 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: While we were in Egypt the Muslim people were in the middle of Ramadan. We had heard that it could cause problems with our tour or that we may not get to eat because of Ramadan but really we didn't have any problems at all because of it.

    The locals did seem to go a bit crazy around 4:30 - 5:30 pm when they ALL seemed to be on the road travelling home or to where ever they would eat their "break-fast" but it didn't affect us too much. We also found a lot of locals eating in the streets and enjoying each others company. It was nice to see!

    A couple of nights we also joined our tour guide (a local Egyptian) for his "break-fast" meal... :)

    Locals eating during Ramadan in Aswan
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  • spot the differance

    by stemc Updated Oct 4, 2005

    Favorite thing: To see how the sights use to look before they were restored and the sand was excavated out of the temples buy the book A JOURNEY IN EGYPT ( BONECHI PUBLISHERS) by David Roberts a Scot who visited Egypt in 1838-9 for 11months drawing and painting in watercolours and oils the sights ,temples he visited

    The colours on the columns and walls of the hieroglyphs are very bright giving you a good idea of how colourful the temples were.

    the great pylon at luxor D Roberts RA hypostyle hall karnak D Rogerts RA hypostyle hall karnak D Roberts RA luxor temple D Robrts RA when the nile floods D Roberts RA

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    burrrrrrrrrrrung manis!!!

    by ukirsari Written Apr 23, 2005

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    Fondest memory: visit the small city of luxor, especially along youssef-mariam street, brings me back to the reality; we’re live today after such a long journey to visit historical sites in luxor and thebes. weird to find several kids begging for baksheesh thing, tip from this and that [even we never ask anything!] and the most bored question, “madame, have you already married and how many camels that your hubby brings to your parents?” ohhhhhh, mon dieu!!!
    but, we had a payback with visiting gorgeous sites at luxor. and not all of them like that. friendly people still can be found. also this nice creature: cat. we love to call him "burung". actually, in my lingo, burung means bird. but this cat, we see him so nice, cool and friendly like a sweet bird and i also remember a cover from my fave rock band rush in their album "fly by night" with cat and wings put on there. so, we miss this burung cat from chez omar resto and cafe at luxor square. see you again someday, burung manis :)

    luxor's cat burung manis :) (c) ukirsari
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    Egyptian Wedding Reception

    by Blatherwick Written Mar 28, 2005

    Fondest memory: When I arrived in Luxor I had a chance to watch an Egyptian wedding reception outside my window. It was interesting to watch how the whole street paid their respects and were getting involved in the festivities. It was very loud but the party ended around midnight so that everybody on the street could get a good rest for the night.

    Egyptian Wedding Reception

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    Photographing people Rude or ?

    by geordiebutcher Written Mar 12, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I love to take photographs, It means I can still see, and enjoy my travels long after they are over, But! where do you draw the line? Be courteous, ask, even offer a small fee if you have to. In the case of the children in Egypt I found a pen, even a cheap BIC was enough to get the shot I wanted, so think before you shoot. How would you feel if you were under the microscope?

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    Tutankhamun's Tomb and Photographs

    by geordiebutcher Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: When you go to the valley of the kings, the most visited tomb is that of Tutankhamun (70 le) When you enter the tomb your camera is taken from you and you will be given a numbered disc. As you come out if there is not many people around, the guard will take a photograph of you climbing the steps and he will expect a tip so be prepared and have small notes in your pocket for all these unexpected costs. I was lucky I had a 10 le note so it cost me £1 for the photograph

    I've waited 60 years so yes, it  WAS worth ��1
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    Friendly Locals

    by sue_stone Written Feb 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Egyptian people were so friendly.....ok, many of them were friendly because they wanted us to buy something from them, but that was ok with me.

    And they were so funny - always wanting to have a joke and a laugh.

    We were warned against taking photos of the locals without asking....but I just couldn't resist sneaking this one of the guard....but I think he may have seen me!! And his hand was on his gun......I moved away quickly!

    friendly local
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    Advice: Currency

    by aliante1981 Written Feb 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you have no plastic card (either a debit, or a credit one) and do not wish to be bothered with travelers cheques (where commission charges tend to be quite high) you will be better off taking with you determinate currency.

    At present, these currencies are clearly Euros (#1, offering the best exchange rate) and US Dollars (as widely accepted but somewhat marked down by the Exchange Bureaus & banks due to the recent slide).

    Some other currencies are accepted, but they are heavily marked down.

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    Luxor Tots

    by kenmerk Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Careful with the kids here in Luxor, I took a picture of this bunch, and tried to give them a Epyptian pound or two to buy some candy.

    Wrong move... As soon as they saw money they started going into a feeding frenzy, with a bunch of other kids jumping out all pushing and grabbing. Run away!!! Run away !!!!

    I actually aborted the attempt and made a strategic retreat. This was a much different experience then I had with kids in the "non-tourist" areas in Cairo, who couldn't be more friendly and helpful.

    So, I guess it is best to spend all you time in Luxor viewing monuments, and save the socializing for elsewhere....

    Well, they are cute, anyway...
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    Off the main road

    by pmarshuk Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Looking down the narrow sidestreets of Luxor brings back to you that many parts of Egypt are still almost third world. On the overland trip from Aswan to Luxor some of the villages we went thru seemed to have housing that looked almost about to fall down.

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    Sex Bomb....

    by kenmerk Updated Jan 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: And staying in this type accomodation whilst visiting some of the greatest and oldest monuments known to man did seem to be quite the contradiction:

    By day walking in the shadow of Ramses the Great, by night swilling beers to the 70's polyester soaked music of Tom Jones and the Like...

    Sexbomb sexbomb you're a sexbomb
    You can give it to me when I need to come along!!!!!

    Sexbomb sexbomb,, you're my sexbomb
    And baby you can turn me on turn me on darlin'
    Sexbomb sexbomb you're my sexbomb sexbomb
    And baby you can turn me on un huuuuh!!!

    Well, I guess Tom is something of a mythical figure in his own right...

    Love Boat Lobby...
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