small group travel is good news and bad news- if you get a good group like the one we had in Egypt - it adds to the experience- a bad (like our China group) detracts. the Egypt group was made up three couples and ten single folks traveling either alone or with friends.
so you might be thinking- where is this leading? well my friend Jennifer (from the Egypt trip all those years ago and later SE Asia - just the two of us- and even later Austria and Venice for opera etc.) and I are scheduled to leave for Tunisia on March 24th. and you might have noticed the dictator of Tunisia fled the country yesterday after extensive rioting. I thought I would see what the State Department had to say on the matter and their alert expires well before we are scheduled to leave- phew! no dilemma.
my mom and I - and I will bet Jennifer as well- will be heading in that direction in the not too distant future.
meanwhile I will leave you with some photos of the first trip with Jen.
one of the highlights was a balloon adventure at dawn over the Valley of the Kings- we had two balloons and Jen and I were in the yellow and green one.
on another morning we went early to the tomb of Nefertiti - there are a limited number of tickets available for the entrance to the tomb, which was incredibly well preserved - these were low light un-retouched photos from the inside
and one further memory. we stopped one day for lunch at a place where this young lady was making flat breads - we consumed "mass quantities" of these breads with various mezzes- I still remember how good they were (and I bet Jen does too.)