Islamic New Year Puts A Damper On Tourism

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Statue of an Ancient Dude at the Ismailia Museum.

We didn't have many options on sites to tour when Islamic New Year rolled around.  Initially we had planned to visit Alexandria, however a quick call to a tourist hotel there told us none of the sites would be open.  Therefore we decided to drive an hour or so out of Cairo to Ismailia to see the Suez Canal and maybe take the ferry across the water to the Bar-Lev line.  Having been more obsessed with Facebook than YahooNews it did not dawn on us that we would be travelling ever closer towards the conflict in Gaza by doing this.  Thankfully, as a result of Islamic New Year the ferry was not running, and we were spared coming within 100 miles of the action.  I wouldn't have minded, McDevitts aren't afraid of anything, mostly because they're stupid as hell.  Or at least that's what I'll tell my children when they're afraid of things.

Like our expedition the day before, Sean drove.  Also like our expedition the day before, Sean knew the way to our destination; had in fact been there before.   Also like our expedition the day before, he truly had no fucking clue.  I love the guy to death for putting up with us and all our tourist bullshit, but Magellan he ain't.

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At the mouth of the Suez Canal
At the mouth of the Suez Canal
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Sunset at Suez
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