Saturday, April 10, 2010

We left the hotel at 7:30am today. First stop was the Monastery of St Macarius the Great.

We had to be covered from wrist to ankle for the monastery visit. A monk took us on a tour of the 3 churches on the property. One of the churches houses the crypt and relics of St John the Baptist, which I found utterly amazing. Unfortuantely we didn't get a photo of that!

We then drove on to Giza, where we stopped at the Funky Brothers cotton shop. I was a bit disappointed with the shop, there was lots of stuff, but not much choice and it was very crowded. We bought some lunch at the take-away next door.

Final stop for the day was our hotel near the airport, it was really beautiful. We took a bit of a walk to stretch our legs before our flight. We rested a bit, finished packing up our things and had a lovely supper at the Italian restaurant at the hotel. Our last supper with Walter, although we hope to see him again soon at his home in Pietermaritzburg.

Our transfer to the airport picked us up at 9:30pm. No sooner had we got to the airport when we realised that our flight was delayed for at least 4 hours. If only we’d known before, we could have slept at the hotel for a few hours! We ended up sleeping on chairs at the Heineken pub in the airport.

Our flight that was supposed to leave at 11:45pm left at 04:45am! Aargh!! By that time we were so exhausted that we even managed to sleep for a few hours on the plane. Our flight from Jo’burg to Durban was also delayed, but only by about 45mins. We finally got home in time for supper on Sunday night.  Having had 3 hours sleep in the last 36 hours......

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