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Monday, August 4, 2008

Honeymoon Tickets!

Today is the day we finally bought our plane tickets for our honeymoon trip. It's OFFICIAL!!!

And just in case you don't husband and I were married a little over a year ago. And we are taking our much belated honeymoon late this fall. I am soooooo excited.

We decided on going to EGYPT!!!! Red Sea resorts, pyramids, sand, sun, the Nile, Luxor, Cairo...sigh.

I am sure I will babble on more about it the closer the time gets.

There are a few books I've found that I want to read before or while I am on my trip.

Maybe I'll call this my Egyptian Book Challenge:

Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie

Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She's the girl who has everything--including the man her best friend loves. When Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, they meet brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot feels that something is amiss.

The Hippopotamus Marsh: Lords of the Two Lands: Volume I - Pauline Gedge

Seqenenra Tao, Prince of Weset, leads a revolt against the alien Hyksos pharaohs. His provincial aristocratic family is accustomed to a life of straitened gentility. But when the prince decides to rebel they must risk all, even life itself, to restore Egyptians and their gods to glory. The Hippopotamus Marsh begins a trilogy that brings to vivid life the passions and intrigues that ushered in the great Eighteenth Dynasty.

*Perhaps I'll read the whole trilogy...

The Yacoubian Building: A Novel - Alaa Al Aswany

All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo: a fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women"; a sultry, voluptuous siren; a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism; a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman; a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.
These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany's remarkable international bestseller. Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this book is an important window on to the experience of loss and love in the Arab world.

The Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy Book 1) - Naguib Mahfouz

Volume I of the masterful Cairo Trilogy. A national best-seller in both hardcover and paperback, it introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s.

* Again, perhaps I'll read the whole trilogy.

Nefertiti: A Novel - Michelle Moran

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game; one that could cost her everything she holds dear.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra - Margaret George

Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this lush, sweeping, and richly detailed saga. Told in Cleopatra's own voice, this is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayal, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar, and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome.

River God - Wilbur Smith

Set against the backdrop of the Hyksos invasion of Egypt, circa 1780 B.C., Smith's adventurous tale of ancient love, intrigue and avarice was a three-week PW bestseller.

* Suggested by fellow blogger, James Viscosi


  1. WOW!!! What a cool place to travel!!! I am sure you will have the BEST time!! Can't wait to hear all about it and see your pics!!!

  2. WOW! What a fabulous place to honeymoon! And guess what?! I "know" someone in Cairo! Well, ok, I don't actually "know" her but I read her blog. :) And she's always inviting people to come visit her. Maybe she could give you some tips on getting around, or cool places to vsit. Here's the link to her blog. You should definitely click over and say hi! :)

  3. How exciting! I've always wanted to go to Egypt. You'll have a lovely time for sure :)

    I haven't read any of those, but I've heard great things about Nefertiti and the Cairo trilogy.

  4. What a fantastic place to go on your honeymoon! Very adventurous. :) I've heard great things about Nefertiti, but other than that I don't know a whole lot of other Egyptian stories. Have a GREAT time!!

  5. Ooh, very exciting! If you're looking for fiction from ancient Egypt, I highly recommend River God by Wilbur Smith.

  6. Thanks everyone!

    Heather...I'll definitely check out her blog. I love the photo on her home page :)

    James...I added River God to my list. It looks like a great read :)

  7. How exciting!!! I never would have thought of Egypt as a place to honeymoon. Can't wait to see and read about your travels.(hint-add pictures to blog :) ) When are you going?

  8. Thanks Bree! We are going for 12 days at the end of November...I can't wait!!

  9. Death on the Nile and Palace Walk are SOOOO good. ;)

    And when I was in ninth grade, we took a family trip to Egypt (we lived in England, and used up our whole trip budget, lol-we weren't rich) and it was incredible. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!!

  10. Hey Amanda, here by way of Heather. I am the one who lives in Cairo. Very exciting that you will honeymoon here. You guys WILL LOVE IT! You can email me from my blog anytime. ...


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