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Eileen's solo trip to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – October 2010


Eileen in the lobby of the Ghazala Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

 
Taken from the bus. It's all desert as far as the eye can see except the little strip along the Red Sea where they've built it up and planted greenery for the tourists.


Here's the hotel's pool area and pool bar.


You could stay in the main building, like I did, or get one of these bungalows that surrounded the pool area. The maintenance people worked very hard to keep the flowers and bushes growíng.


The friendly cat that hung out at the hotel bar. I called him Claude and fed him scraps from the breakfast buffet.


It was HOT while I was there. Good thing the air conditioning worked well.


I didn't go to the beach except to snorkel, but this is what it looked like.


Does this explain why I didn't spend time at the beach?


Another shot taken at the beach.


Night life in Na'ama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh.

 
My room at Ghazala Beach Hotel.


Actually, it was a two-room suite. The sign on the door said it costs $600 per night, though that's certainly not what I paid. Here's the kitchen.


And there was a nice little sitting area that I never used.


The view from my balcony. I didn't spend any time on the balcony.


Now, here's the best part of the trip: The coral and fish life right at the hotel's beach. I took this picture of a sohal surgeonfish while standing on the beach! And that did it – I had to get a snorkel and mask and have a look under the surface.


I couldn't believe my eyes. Here I was only waist deep in the water. There were so many different kinds of fish, and some were—I'm not kidding—two feet long. Look at the spotted fish in the middle of this picture. I haven't been able to figure out what it is. It's not on the chart or in the book I got of Red Sea fish.


I told you it was only waist deep.... Look at all these scissortail sergeants. Butterflyfish were also a common sight.

 


I saw a number of lion fish.


More amazing coral. The colors were astounding. The disposable underwater camera I had didn't even come close to doing it justice.


I started snorkeling twice a day – morning (before people kicked up the sand) and late afternoon. The fish I circled in yellow is the strangest fish I saw the whole time – a masked pufferfish. Higher up toward the right is another sohal surgeonfish. I quickly learned to stay away from those. Their fins are razor sharp. My first time snorkeling I got three cuts, but by then I knew which fish to stay away from I didn't get cut again.


I "spotted" several blue spotted stingrays.


I wish you could see how colorful this coral was.


And, as you can see, it was teeming with life.


I don't think you can see it right away when you look at this picture, but a huge school of silver fish swam right past me.


Yours truly.

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