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#1: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 09:43:52 by darsy

Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?

Any good?

Plenty bargain at the moment...

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#2: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 09:56:30 by Spete

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&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

If you want to offer sirtony a holiday, I'd say the south of Lebanon or
Haifa would be a better bet :-)

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#3: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 10:04:42 by Cab

darsy wrote:

&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

Very nice diving, great water for swimming, very good hotels, nice and
hot, but too many Italians.

But I can't say more than that, as I've only spent a weekend there.

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#4: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 10:09:12 by Steve Parry

darsy wrote:
&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

Yes a few times with

www.explorers.co.uk

Fantastic dive destination, although there seems little to do if you're not
diving.


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#5: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 10:59:25 by Paul Corfield

On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 10:04:42 +0200, &quot;Cab&quot;
&lt;<a href="mailto:my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net" target="_blank">my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;darsy wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;
&gt;Very nice diving, great water for swimming, very good hotels, nice and
&gt;hot, but too many Italians.

and the nearby terrorist bombings. Don't forget those.
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#6: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 11:11:33 by CaneUKRM

darsy wrote:

&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?

Not me but a few friends rate it highly

&gt; Any good?

First class scuba by all accounts.

&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

No shit, you'll have a blast.

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#7: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 11:32:53 by Andy Bonwick

On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 08:43:52 +0100, darsy &lt;<a href="mailto:darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk" target="_blank">darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt;Any good?
&gt;
&gt;Plenty bargain at the moment...

Heh. I'm glad we didn't book anything when we were looking to see what
was available for early November. The price is only going to drop
further and it's hardly going to be the first war zone I've been to.

I've had a look at the FCO website and they're not listing it as
somewhere to be avoided yet. It gets a mention for previous bombings
but as far as they're concerned it's no worries.

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#8: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 11:37:50 by Buzby

&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

Don't forget to take a hat - the suns very strong you know

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#9: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 11:40:26 by Hog

Steve Parry wrote:
&gt; darsy wrote:
&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;
&gt; Yes a few times with
&gt;
&gt; www.explorers.co.uk
&gt;
&gt; Fantastic dive destination, although there seems little to do if
&gt; you're not diving.

Hmm yes I was looking at it recently for a dive holiday. As Darsy says
it is plenty cheap right now, probably getting cheaper by the day, for
rather obvious reasons. Sure it is well away from the Lebanese border
and Hezzbola are not generally into suicide bombing but it seems
reasonable to assume that Hamas et all might step up activity.

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#10: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 11:47:29 by Bryan.Williams

darsy wrote:
&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?

Yes, just got back Saturday.

&gt;
&gt; Any good?

Yes and No. Coral Sea Resort was poor food / selection - so don't do
that. Egyptian sales blokes tend to be really pushy which is ok but
gets annoying. Girls get lots of attention there which can get a bit
tiresome if you're taking one or more with you. Sakara beer is
reasonable and you can drink it all day in the sunshine. Windsurfing
was ok - but I'm a beginner. Not much to do if you don't like swim-up
pool bars and the like. The girls I was with all got ill frmo the food
/ bottled water combo. I was fine on junk-food type food and beer/coke.
If I could have traded that holiday with somewhere else I would have.

If you were thinking of riding a bike there then it'd be worth
mentioning that the drivers there are a little eccentric. Helmets are
optional, lights at night seem to be optional, lanes are optional,
stopping at the armed police check-points appears not to be though..
and also &quot;Watch out! Speeds are watched by radar!&quot;

We went for 10 days, we were ready to leave after 7. I doubt we're
going back to Egypt ever, we're certainly not going back to that hotel.


&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

Possibly - but don't do the Coral Sea resort. Infact, I'd avoid First
Choice completely in future, they came across as dis-organised and
money-grabbing. For example: Here's a 5 hour flight on our
uncomfortable plane. Pillow pack ? =A34 each. You want to watch the
movie on one of those little monitors on the roof ? =A32.50 each for
headphones with silly dual adapter plugs. Coke sir ? that'll be =A3....
and so on.

Oh yeah - the airport on the way back is a right dive - Pizza is quite
hard to get wrong but they managed spectacularly. Security made me
smile too. Walk through the metal detectors, it buzzes, guy moves
forward to check me out - I pull out a set of keys, he waves me
through.

Nice work fella - and there's probably nothing bad in pocket number 2
either - oh well.=20

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#11: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 13:45:31 by Cab

Hog wrote:

&gt; Hmm yes I was looking at it recently for a dive holiday. As Darsy
&gt; says it is plenty cheap right now, probably getting cheaper by the
&gt; day, for rather obvious reasons. Sure it is well away from the
&gt; Lebanese border and Hezzbola are not generally into suicide bombing
&gt; but it seems reasonable to assume that Hamas et all might step up
&gt; activity.

It wasn't Hamas [1] though in the last Sharm el Sheik bombing, but the
Abdullah Azzam Brigade, the &quot;Tawhid and Jihad Group in Egypt&quot; or the
&quot;Holy Warriors of Egypt&quot;.

Take your pick.

[1] IIRC, Hamas have never operated outside of Israel.

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#12: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:11:51 by darsy

&quot;Cane&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:CaneUKRM&#64;gmail.com" target="_blank">CaneUKRM&#64;gmail.com</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;darsy wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt;Not me but a few friends rate it highly
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt;First class scuba by all accounts.
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;
&gt;No shit, you'll have a blast.

that's what I'm worried about.

It also seems impossible to find a hotel that doesn't get mixed
reviews - bizarrely most of them seem to get 90% reviews that give 5/5
and the other 10% are 0/5 or 1/5 - nothing in between.

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#13: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:22:59 by Andy Bonwick

On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:11:51 +0100, darsy &lt;<a href="mailto:darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk" target="_blank">darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;&quot;Cane&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:CaneUKRM&#64;gmail.com" target="_blank">CaneUKRM&#64;gmail.com</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;darsy wrote:
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;Not me but a few friends rate it highly
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;First class scuba by all accounts.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;No shit, you'll have a blast.
&gt;
&gt;that's what I'm worried about.
&gt;
&gt;It also seems impossible to find a hotel that doesn't get mixed
&gt;reviews - bizarrely most of them seem to get 90% reviews that give 5/5
&gt;and the other 10% are 0/5 or 1/5 - nothing in between.

Which site were you using for reviews?

We used <a href="http://www.holidaywatchdog.com/" target="_blank">http://www.holidaywatchdog.com/</a> and their reviews seemed to
be a bit broader than that. You still had one person giving top marks
and another giving zero for the same hotel but the rest seemed worth
looking at.

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#14: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:38:48 by simonk

On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 08:43:52 +0100, darsy wrote
(in article &lt;<a href="mailto:34a6c29pivo06d1kd3d11j8pf6irntkmv7&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">34a6c29pivo06d1kd3d11j8pf6irntkmv7&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):

&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt; Any good?
&gt;
&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...

Yeah. It's great. I expect it's changed since I was last there though (8
years ago)

Mind you, I went there for the diving - don't know what you'd do all day if
you were staying on dry land. I can, however, recommend going quad-biking at
night in the desert.

From memory the Hilton or the Movenpick looked like the places to stay.

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#15: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:48:31 by Grimly Curmudgeon

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember darsy &lt;<a href="mailto:darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk" target="_blank">darsy&#64;sticky.co.uk</a>&gt; saying
something like:

&gt;Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;
&gt;Any good?
&gt;
&gt;Plenty bargain at the moment...

Not much of a surprise there, then.
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#16: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:58:45 by Grimly Curmudgeon

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember &quot;Buzby&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:gb&#64;pumpupthe.net" target="_blank">gb&#64;pumpupthe.net</a>&gt; saying
something like:

&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;
&gt;Don't forget to take a hat - the suns very strong you know
&gt;
&gt;<a href="http://www.surplusandadventure.com/ishop/800/shopscr1950.html" target="_blank"> http://www.surplusandadventure.com/ishop/800/shopscr1950.htm l</a>

I'd imagine he'd be taking the pith...

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#17: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 15:10:46 by Bryan.Williams

darsy wrote:
&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;

And another thing I remembered while out riding:

There's a KTM off-road adventure biking place in the centre of Na'ama
Bay. That looked like fun but I found it too late to even think of
booking it.

Has anyone had a go ? (or if you go Darsy, try it out and let us know)

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#18: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 15:29:39 by Cab

Paul Corfield wrote:

&gt; &gt; Very nice diving, great water for swimming, very good hotels, nice
&gt; &gt; and hot, but too many Italians.
&gt;
&gt; and the nearby terrorist bombings. Don't forget those.

Somehow, I'm sure that darsy has taken that into account already. :-)

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#19: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 17:08:07 by Paul Corfield

On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:29:39 +0200, &quot;Cab&quot;
&lt;<a href="mailto:my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net" target="_blank">my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net</a>&gt; wrote:

&gt;Paul Corfield wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; &gt; Very nice diving, great water for swimming, very good hotels, nice
&gt;&gt; &gt; and hot, but too many Italians.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; and the nearby terrorist bombings. Don't forget those.
&gt;
&gt;Somehow, I'm sure that darsy has taken that into account already. :-)

Oh he's packed some semtex to be able to throw it at the perpetrators.
Cool move.
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#20: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 17:13:42 by Cab

Paul Corfield wrote:

&gt; On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:29:39 +0200, &quot;Cab&quot;
&gt; &lt;<a href="mailto:my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net" target="_blank">my_email_address_is_in_my_sig&#64;privacy.net</a>&gt; wrote:
&gt;
&gt; &gt; Paul Corfield wrote:
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt; &gt; Very nice diving, great water for swimming, very good hotels,
&gt; nice &gt;&gt; &gt; and hot, but too many Italians.
&gt; &gt;&gt;
&gt; &gt;&gt; and the nearby terrorist bombings. Don't forget those.
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; Somehow, I'm sure that darsy has taken that into account already.
&gt; &gt; :-)
&gt;
&gt; Oh he's packed some semtex to be able to throw it at the perpetrators.
&gt; Cool move.

Heh, great minds and all that. :-)

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#21: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-23 17:50:00 by Steve Parry

Cab wrote:
&gt; Hog wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Hmm yes I was looking at it recently for a dive holiday. As Darsy
&gt;&gt; says it is plenty cheap right now, probably getting cheaper by the
&gt;&gt; day, for rather obvious reasons. Sure it is well away from the
&gt;&gt; Lebanese border and Hezzbola are not generally into suicide bombing
&gt;&gt; but it seems reasonable to assume that Hamas et all might step up
&gt;&gt; activity.
&gt;
&gt; It wasn't Hamas [1] though in the last Sharm el Sheik bombing, but the
&gt; Abdullah Azzam Brigade, the &quot;Tawhid and Jihad Group in Egypt&quot; or the
&gt; &quot;Holy Warriors of Egypt&quot;.
&gt;
&gt; Take your pick.
&gt;
&gt; [1] IIRC, Hamas have never operated outside of Israel.

Or was it the Judean People Front ;)

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#22: Re: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-24 00:51:05 by Hog

Steve Parry wrote:
&gt; Cab wrote:
&gt;&gt; Hog wrote:
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt;&gt; Hmm yes I was looking at it recently for a dive holiday. As Darsy
&gt;&gt;&gt; says it is plenty cheap right now, probably getting cheaper by the
&gt;&gt;&gt; day, for rather obvious reasons. Sure it is well away from the
&gt;&gt;&gt; Lebanese border and Hezzbola are not generally into suicide bombing
&gt;&gt;&gt; but it seems reasonable to assume that Hamas et all might step up
&gt;&gt;&gt; activity.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; It wasn't Hamas [1] though in the last Sharm el Sheik bombing, but
&gt;&gt; the Abdullah Azzam Brigade, the &quot;Tawhid and Jihad Group in Egypt&quot; or
&gt;&gt; the &quot;Holy Warriors of Egypt&quot;.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Take your pick.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; [1] IIRC, Hamas have never operated outside of Israel.
&gt;
&gt; Or was it the Judean People Front ;)

hahahaha I watched LOB two night ago (again)

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#23: Re: ot: Holidays in Egypt

Posted on 2006-07-24 00:52:35 by Hog

simonk wrote:
&gt; On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 08:43:52 +0100, darsy wrote
&gt; (in article &lt;<a href="mailto:34a6c29pivo06d1kd3d11j8pf6irntkmv7&#64;4ax.com" target="_blank">34a6c29pivo06d1kd3d11j8pf6irntkmv7&#64;4ax.com</a>&gt;):
&gt;
&gt;&gt; Anyone been to Sharm el Sheik?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Any good?
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Plenty bargain at the moment...
&gt;
&gt; Yeah. It's great. I expect it's changed since I was last there
&gt; though (8 years ago)
&gt;
&gt; Mind you, I went there for the diving - don't know what you'd do all
&gt; day if you were staying on dry land. I can, however, recommend going
&gt; quad-biking at night in the desert.
&gt;
&gt; From memory the Hilton or the Movenpick looked like the places to
&gt; stay.

Well at least going the Hilton route one can be fairly sure about the
standards.

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