Visiting Egypt was a true adventure! My boyfriend and I have been wanting to see the Pyramids for a pretty long time and we somehow spontaneously decided to meet up there. I was shooting in Spain for a new swimwear campaign and was to fly back to Miami on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to go somewhere for the long weekend and that’s when I decided that there was no point in coming back home and that he should just meet me in Europe 🙂
I did a lot of research prior to the trip as to what type of clothes I should pack. Basically, women shouldn’t wear any tight clothes or show their legs or shoulders. While I was out in the street I would wear scarfs over my hair and I never wore anything tight or showed my legs (you don’t HAVE to do this, I saw women in shorts. However, I just rather respect their culture and not get nasty comments). In many photos I’m posing with my legs out of my skirt or pants slit but I would never while out in the public streets, just in the hotel restaurants and areas that were touristy. For my pyramid photos, I asked my tour guide (who was a muslim) and he told me it was okay to take my tunic off and wear it as a bandana type for my photos. Pyramids is a mostly touristy area so I didn’t get many comments, just many people wanting to take photos.
On our last day, we went to a resort by the Red Sea because we really wanted to bathe in the waters that Moses supposedly parted. I thought there would be many American/European tourist but they were all from other Middle Eastern countries which means the women were bathing covered up from head to toe. I felt SO weird!! I only had small bikinis from my Spain trip where people bathe topless so it’s a COMPLETELY different world. I stuck through it and just never took off the sarong that was covering my tiny brazilian cut bottoms.
I will make a list of the hotels and nice places to see that I went to, as well as the AMAZING tour guides that we found. They were so helpful and open to speaking about their culture. Our tour guide to the Pyramids warned us about everything we should encounter there from the more corrupted Egyptians and he kept us safe the entire time. He also took all the photos below of me from the pyramids and even made us a beautiful video, all his idea! HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.
Mena House – This is were we stayed the first 2 nights. It is located in Giza where the Pyramids are situated. You can see from the photos below, it is the closest hotel to the Pyramids and you can see them from your balcony! I wanted to stay here first because I figured would be the best Egyptian welcoming to walk into my room and see the Pyramids outside. Downfall: No Wifi. However, the property was absolutely incredible.
Four Seasons Cairo: We stayed here the next two nights. It is located in downtown Cairo and close to everything. This hotel felt way more like home. They had wifi, nice pool area with outside restaurants, and even provided you with outlet adaptors. We had a huge balcony with an amazing view of the Nile River, the longest river in the world.
Mövenpick – Resort in Ain Sukhna by the Red Sea, we didn’t stay here but we got a day pass to use the beach and pool for only about $20 dollars. It was a 2 hour drive from Cairo but was totally worth it!
Sequioa – A Mediterranean restaurant by the water with a really nice vibe. Upscale but not really pricey with the US dollar conversion. They also give you a shisha (hookah) to smoke which is very common in Egypt.
8 Restaurant at Four Seasons – One of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Cairo, also upscale and nice.
Melad (Driver to Red Sea)
Mohamed (Pyramids Tour)
Special Thanks to my friend Dan for helping me make this trip so enjoyable.