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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Blast from the Past by Margot Justes

A past look at a short history, I wrote this blog March 19, 2011. I was disappointed with the cancellation of the cruise, but had a tremendous time visiting Israel. I lived in Haifa and other parts of Israel for three years, and once I set foot on land, the memories came flooding back, I even managed to find the school I attended. I’m hoping to go back, this time with friends. My dream to visit Egypt has yet to be fulfilled.

The most remarkable bit about this blog, is the hoped for peaceful resolution in Egypt, sad to say it has yet to happen. Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog.


A Cancelled Cruise.

Celebrity Cruises altered the itinerary for my cruise in October. Alexandria, Egypt was cancelled. I suspect not because of the peaceful overthrow of the government, but the cancellation occurred after the religious conflict between Christians and Muslims broke out.

No one from the cruise line announced that was the reason, it's my own supposition about the timing of the cancellation, and of course there is the unrest in the Middle East as a whole.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. The Pyramids are still on my bucket list. The closest I've come is reading Elizabeth Peters' books and that just made the desire that much greater. Her descriptions are so vivid that you're right there along with Amelia Peabody and her celebrated spouse Emerson solving a mystery, amidst the archeological digs.

I cancelled the Celebrity cruise and went back to my old stand-by Royal Caribbean. Ashdod (Jerusalem) and Haifa, Israel are still part of the itinerary but now I'll also visit Kusadasi, Turkey, as well as Rhodes and Crete, Greece.

Egypt has been postponed until 2012. I sincerely hope that a solid democratic government will flourish, since that is what the general populace wanted when they peacefully toppled the old regime.

One can only hope for a peaceful resolution however tenuous the thread.

Margot Justes
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