Tag archives for Egypt

The Icon: Egypt’s Great Sphinx

The crouching lion with a man’s head was ancient when Cleopatra gazed upon it in 47 B.C. It retains its allure to the powerful, as world leaders from Napoleon to Barack Obama have trekked to Giza to contemplate the same view that captivated the queen of the Nile.

I have never received as many concerned messages as I did on a recent trip to Egypt. The nation has made headlines lately, and few have been positive. Realities on the ground in Luxor, though, were different.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately round up.

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For those of you who are paying attention, we’re switching it up. A more robust Radar — the best of the travel blogosphere (don’t you hate that word?) — will now be a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

You can play, too. Simply follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar to help us find the crème de la crème. Here’s this week’s.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Photos: Where You Went

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Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

#FriFotos: Egypt’s Great Sphinx

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Egypt’s Sustainable Sinai

While visiting Egypt’s Sinai region, it was hard for me to believe there was unrest anywhere in the country. Small, quiet towns dot the coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba which runs all the way south to the Red Sea. I stopped in the southern Sinai town of Nuweiba, population 20,000, where I found a simple way of life playing out in a laid back community where camels and goats lazily wander about. But behind this relaxed atmosphere lies a passionate movement to preserve the environment and culture of the region.

Egypt’s Coffeehouses

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By Carl Hoffman Writer Carl Hoffman traveled to Egypt in February 2011, a week after popular demonstrations led to the president’s resignation. These are his observations. The air was smoky but sweet, the sounds unmistakable: glasses clinking and dominoes and backgammon dice clacking, newspaper pages turning, and the constant low hum of voices. In Egypt…

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Coney Island will open this summer with four new attractions including The Soarin’ Eagle, the first new coaster to built in New York City since the historic Cyclone in 1927. The new rides are part of the Coney Island Revitilization Plan.  [Brooklyn Nomad] The U.S. State Department lifted its travel warning to Egypt last week,…

The Energy of Egypt

Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman recently returned to Egypt to see how the country is transitioning in its new political reality. Read his first post, about his decision to return to Cairo, here. I had a fear that I might not like Egypt the second time around, 27 years later. That I might not feel again…

Return to Cairo

Within hours of hearing that Hosni Mubarak had stepped down from power, contributing editor Carl Hoffman was on a plane to Cairo. While working on an upcoming story for Traveler, he will be offering glimpses of the city here on the blog. We have history with places, just as we do with people, and scenes…

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Archaeology Magazine has just released their list of the top ten discoveries in 2010. Among the findings was a room under the El Diablo pyramid in Maya city of El Zotz in Guatemala. The room had been partially damaged by looters, but researchers dug deeper and discovered a “bizarre cache” of severed fingers and other…

Places Rated: Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Egypt:…

For eight months writer Theodore May will be following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, tracing the 2,000-mile path Alexander forged through the modern Middle East. Theo will be writing about his experiences for The Global Post, and you can be follow him on Twitter at @Theodore_May. He’ll be contributing glimpses from his journeys…

Adventures with Tintin

As a kid I remember watching The Adventures of Tintin on TV and being captivated by the intrepid Belgian reporter who chased a good story around the world with his faithful dog Snowy by his side. Tintin was a clever and fearless traveler, jetting off to faraway places that a young girl like me could…

Cleopatra’s mystique has puzzled historians for centuries, as nearly all evidence of her rule was either destroyed by Roman conquerors or pushed by earthquakes into the Mediterranean Sea. “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” a new exhibition from National Geographic opening at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute this June, documents the efforts of National…

It began at a standard checkpoint, when agricultural specialist Herbert Kercados with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stopped to inspect a crate at Miami International Airport that had been shipped from an art gallery in Spain. Inside the crate was an Egyptian sarcophagus, supposedly being brought to a collector–legally–in Canada. But the inspector’s…

My City Celebrates: Nick’s Cairo

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Nick Rowlands, who gives us an ironic twist on Christmas in Cairo. What to share the things that…

Too Authentic For You?

Transplanted Englishman Paul Rogers writes about music and lifestyle for LAWeekly, and reports for us from the Characters of Egypt Festival: “Does he have to keep using that bright pink cell phone?” groaned the lady atop the camel in front of mine as she pointed her camera down at the little lad leading the lanky…

Ask IT: Cruising North Africa

We recently received a letter from a reader asking for help finding a cruise across the southern Mediterranean along the coast of North Africa. She hopes to visit cities founded during the Roman Empire rich with remnants of the past. Here are three travel companies with excellent cruising options for exploring the region. All trips…

Hello, city-lovers! Today Nick Rowlands brings us the best of Cairo, which has more to see than just the pyramids. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting for us…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. On the remote chance that someone from the Ministry of Egyptian Tourism might…

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. One of the benefits of having traveled throughout Africa for the last two…

Peddler-free Pyramids?

In the future, when you visit the Giza Pyramids, you can do so in peace and quiet. No hawkers selling you trinkets or trying to persuade you to ride a camel. None of the cacophony one expects from anything in the proximity of bustling Cairo. You can expect nothing but pyramids, peace, and quiet –…