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Thursday, 26 July 2007

El Gouna Part 2......

Downtown is the other main place to go for entertainment in El Gouna and as you can imagine every time 'Downtown' is mentioned everyone bursts into the Petula Clark version of the song!

We only did one trip Downtown, during the day, which wasn't such a good idea as we went after lunch and of course most places were shut - hence the old saying "Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen(women) go out in the midday sun"! Anyway there was a local bus stopped right outside the hotel every 15 minutes, which would take you Downtown for 50 pence each for an all day ticket, so we thought why not. The bus was a real boneshaker, though very colourful as you'll see from the photograph, and the place was really pretty with a lovely little craft centre, but the stalls were shut when we went. Undeterred we had a walk around and then sat in the square and had a cooling beer before we hopped on the bus back to the hotel.









The main place to relax after our evening meal was on the sun terrace - too hot to use during the day but lovely at night. There was a resident singer and the animation team did a quiz and bingo once a week. The quiz was fun, but the Bingo - well let's just say I was glad when someone won because I couldn't make head nor tail of it and I know how to play bingo! It was good fun though.


There was a Caberet show in the outdoor theatre at the new Duport building (the second part of the hotel), this was organised by the animation team, who really put their heart and soul into the productions.


Just outside the hotel was Peanut's Bar where you could either sit inside (air conditioned) or on the terrace enjoying the marina and the cooling breeze, which was evident most evenings.

Down at the new part of the hotel they had the Duport Pool Bar which had fantastic four poster type loungers all around the circular pool with a bar selling drinks and food. It was at night that the Pool Bar really shone though when it was transformed into a boudoir! See the slide show to see the transformation. All the loungers were scattered with huge multicoloured cushions and guest DJ's were hired playing anything from Latin to House Music - we went there most evenings.

Because we were all inclusive all drinks at the hotel, Peanuts and the Pool Bar were free until midnight for us, and it was great that we weren't restricted to just the hotel bar.

You might think we spent most evenings eating and drinking - you'd be right, but hey that's all part of the holiday right?






El Gouna Part 3 coming soon. See El Gouna Part 1 here.

31 comments:

RUTH said...

Besides the photos being fantastic one of the things that strikes me from them is how clean and tidy everything looks. No empty coke cans; chip wrappers and macdonalds cartons. Even the old bus looks cleaner than our local ones which look as if they haven't been washed in months.

Akelamalu said...

It was extremely clean Ruth we never saw the hint of any litter!

buffalodickdy said...

Looks like a super place to kick back and do nothing!

Akelamalu said...

It certainly was buffalodickdy.:)

Miss Understood said...

Wow. The first set of photos looks like a scene out of...um...out of....uh..

What's that film where the opening scene is the whole of London completely derserted?

Well anyway, it looks like a scene from that! How peaceful.

Great photos! It looks like a wonderful place.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

great photos and i love the bus!

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

Not sure which film you're talking about missu but the place was certainly deserted. Well apart from us mad dogs!

Akelamalu said...

The bus was fun Bee. They also had Tok Toks (similar to Tuk, Tuks in Thailand) - the men who drove those were Kami Kazi though!

Dumdad said...

Looks fabulous. And ALL drinks free until midnight?! Blimey, I'd be hard-pressed not to get a hangover every night....

Akelamalu said...

dumdad I did, most nights!:(

crazy working mom said...

*Sigh* I am So envious! Looks like you had SO much fun! :)

Jenny! said...

Fantastic pictures...everything looks amazing and clean!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I am more than a little jealous. What a great trip this sounds like and your pictures are wonderful. I'm impressed you made it home. I'd still kicking and screaming at the airport!

Have a great week!

Akelamalu said...

crazy working mom we always have fun! ;)

Akelamalu said...

We were impressed with the cleanliness of the place too jenny,apart from anything else.

Akelamalu said...

the rotten correspondent
After two weeks away I'm always ready to come home - mainly because I've run out of clothes! :)

Dave said...

What and ideal place to spend some time away. You look good and the positive energy from those pictures sure looks as if you had a fun time. Good for you.

Skittles said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for the slide shows! :)

Paul Champagne said...

Great slide show!

Shaz said...

Looks like aab place, clean, HOT & with lots to do. I wish I'd gone with you x x

R2K said...

Just posted your bathroom images, so please check it out and give me any corrections you want.

: )

How do you add a custom comment note here? What is the code?

la bellina mammina said...

Great photos - LOVE the boudoir (I'm a girl girl!!)

Akelamalu said...

You are so right Dave it did me the world of good after my op. x

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed it skittles. :)

Akelamalu said...

Hi Paul glad you liked it, don't go away there's more!

Akelamalu said...

It was all of that shaz I can recommend it if you'd like to go!

Akelamalu said...

r2k I'll check it out. What's a custom comment????????

Akelamalu said...

I loved the boudoir too Bella and so did MWMW! ;)

GEWELS said...

What a fabulous photo of you and MWM- anyway, I assume it's him.... Or, could it be a relative of Omar Sharif's instead?

Looks like a lovely place.

BTW- love Sting's Desert Rose. Makes me feel as if I'm somewhere exotic too.
Love the slide show too- I may have to attempt one with photos from my upcoming holiday. OR, I'll just e-mail you my photos and you can do one for me instead. lol!

Akelamalu said...

Oh thanks Gewels I presume you're talking about the photo at the pool bar?

The Slide shows are really easy to do - otherwise I wouldn't be able to do them!

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