Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Pookie is very happy about my return and doesn't leave me for a minute ! I also think she put on weight ! Image Hosted by ImageShack.usImage Hosted by ImageShack.us Sharm el Sheik is situated just at the end of the Red Sea (above Ethiopia). The Egyptian President Mubarak has his week end residence here and very important meetings are taking place here with all politicians of the world. We had the honor to be there at the same time as Tony Blair. Last time every road were blocked because of old George (Bush).

We celebrated New year in Egypt in Sharm el Sheik at the Red Sea together with another couple we met in the hotel, he Danish and she Russian and we really had a great time !

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The party took place in this tent, which had been built up for this purpose. There were space for about 800 people ! Everybody was greated by the management of course and walking on a red carpet we got inside. I just felt like a star !

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Inside, all tables were beautifully dressed and each guest found on his place a golden bag filled with funny hats, streamers, trompets etc.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us as you can see here . The food was served on long buffets and was presented in such an artistic way, that it would almost be impossible to do that here in western countries and only in top restaurants. The cook would ask a fortune to do so ! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Look at this flower arrangement all of them are made out of vegetables ! You can recognize carottes, melons, beetroots, salad etc. It was so beautiful that I took pictures of the whole buffet, which I will show soon (when I have recovered from Holidays) on my photo blog.

We were very international ! There were Egyptians, Italians, Britishs, Swedish, Danish and Russians of course ! I should not say Russians because now they are all called different. For me and all the others, russian speaking people were Russians, but no, not at all, since the Soviet Union split up, you are suddenly confronted with countries you never heard of ! It's funny in some way, everybody gets united like the European Union and they parted into several countries !

So the Russians came mostly from Moscow and St. Petersburg, while the others came from Ukraine or Kazakhstan and nobody wanted to be a Russian ! And the other way around, very complicated !

Those from Kazakhstan had an asiatic look, first I thought they were japonese, but I never saw so many japonese speaking russian, so that I started to doubt ! In fact they looked more like a mixture between Eskimos, native Americans and Chinese. These people were all very friendly and also mostly spoke english. The Russians too.

But then the once from Ukraine were a catastrophe ! No other word but russian, no good morning or thank you and eating like primates, I don't want to use the word pig, as I like pink cute pigs and these fat human beings without any education, nobody liked at all. Very simple, they didn't want and therefore had no contact to the other guests.

But everything went very nice, no remarkable incident like in another 5* Hotel, were a ukranian group jumped on the buffet with the desserts after having filled themselves up till the top and then throw the cremes, ice and cakes around and enjoyed this very much.

Of course for them it had been big fun, the others only "appreciated" the fact that they would have high cleaning bills and no way to get any money back because on top of the bad behaviour they were as poor as church mice and had payed "All inclusive".

I really wonder why 5* hotels accepts such "people" but as everybody knows money doesn't stink. Most of the other tourists would therefore not return to this place. Too much is too much !

We were lucky, the hotel management had put the Ukrainians in a corner far away so they could put their noses in the plates and eat with their fingers nobody saw it. (This is true and not an exaggeration)

During the whole meal we had very nice shows, which started with a belly danse (just as at Christmas).

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Mr. Gattino remembered his young days and started belly dansing too and had a lot of fun, the spectators too and I think he is on many film and photo souvenirs ! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The next were the "Dervish" danser. You already get dizzy when you watch him ! He whirls around and around until the ombrellas are open and his second skirt is over his head !

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us There were also European danses and a lot of very nice and interesting Egyptian shows, but this will be a subject on my photo blog.

At 11 pm suddenly the Russians and Kasakistanians (not the Ukrainians) got up and wished everybody a happy New Year ! For them it was already midnight. So we wished happy New Year in all languages, Mr. Gattino even tried in russian. The Ukrainians apparently celebrated one hour later as the rest of us. I don't know if some of them landed in the swimming pool as all of them drink Wodka in water glasses !

It really was a very nice feast and we enjoyed so much to be with people of all corners of the world ! A couple even came from Columbia and a few Canadians were there too. I felt again like in Blogville, only this time it was for real !

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Wonderful flowers in December ! Nothing special for Australians, but for most of us it is !

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Anonymous said...

WOW! Your holiday sounds amazing. Many thanks for posting the vegetable/flowers as they are very interesting - never seen anything like that before.

Glad to hear you had fun. I'm about to start planning my Dad's 60th holiday with Mum.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Boy did you ever have some trip!! Man!! It was interesting to read too. Thanks for stopping by my Saturday Scavenger hunt!! I see your Pookie was glad that you are back. I am missing my Lucy so much. I think you probably read that we lost her!! I am still so sick about it. We had to bury her on the 30th of December here in our backyard. I will miss her for a long time. She was our red green eyed sweet Maine Coon. She was only 3 years old and sweet as can be. I have cried and cried and my hubby and I just really bawled as we buried her. Sandy

Melli said...

Ohhh Gattina! What a wOnderful report on your New Year welcoming! Those Ukranians sound utterly barbaric! I hope not ALL Ukranians are like that! I do think this would be an awesome trip to take! I wish it weren't SO far for me -- and sO expensive! (I might have to pay "all inclusive" too!) But you ARE right -- usually the finer hotels do NOT offer such deals! (and I do LOVE finer hotels!) LOL!

The dancing shows look like they were just fabulous! And HURRAH for Mr. Gattino getting INVOLVED in them! Great memories for YOU - and for the others who watched! I LOVE THAT! Mr. Melli would NEVER do such a thing! Shoot... Mr. Melli wouldn't even BE on the trip with me! Can't get him out of his recliner... *sigh*

Please DO come make a little cat in my dust -- then my dust can be a memory and I won't EVER have to get rid of it!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading about your holiday. Thanks for sharing all those lovely photos. I'm glad you had a marvelous time. I'm sure you had collected lots of priceless memory from that trip. Take care!

tiggerprr said...

What a great recap of your trip! I enjoyed reading about your adventure. :)

Pat said...

Wow - looks like it was an amazing trip!!! I would love to go to Egypt one day.

Debbie said...

Welcome back! You had a wonderful vacation and lots of great memories to share with us! Looks like you had lots of fun!


That was one great trip I would say. It's nice you had a grand time. Photos are excellent. Love the vegetable arrangements.
Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great time!! Thanks for the pics, I'm glad you're home and glad too that Pookie is speaking to you!!

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds like a fabulous time!! Welcome back!

Jeanette said...

Gday Gattina
Looks like you had a good time in Egypt. The photos are wonderfull.I think pooki has put a little weight on. My Family are having a great time we all come together at my home every Christmas (A family Re union)and the kids just love my pool.

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Well, it sure sounded like an experience to be remembered! But I'm not sure that I would have wanted to experience it... The human pigs I mean ;-) It's quite enough reading about it. But all the other facts is very interesting.

Love the veg. flowers and Nr Gattingo belly dancing :-)

BTW: Thanks for the tip about the wonderful idea about the 192countries. I looked it up and applyed, so we'll see if I'm going to be acknowledged :-) Your post was an EXCELLENT post Gattina, so did even Mr Lifecruiser think. Well written. We're looking forward to the upcoming ones too.

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

MR Gattino I mean of course - ha ha!

mar said...

Wonderful, Gattina!
You are a great story-teller and your vacation sounds very exciting! thanks for sharing your experiences! so much belly-dancing I feel a bit dizzy :)

eph2810 said...

What a wonderful vacation you had :) Thank you for sharing. BTW - we do have the same flowers you show in your last picture - in our backyard :)

Talia Mana, Centre for Emotional Well-Being said...

That sounds like an exciting and exotic trip

LeftCoastOnlooker said...

well, happy new year!