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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Another bit of armory appeared on board

Day 14
We won a quiz yesterday (: (: Got a couple of tokens to change into a prize at the end of the voyage. The more quizzes one wins the better the prize. Cant see us getting much more then a bookmark or fridge magnet the rate we are going.!!! Also, down in the crew area, this appeared!!

This is getting serious.
 Didn't bother with the entertainment last night just went to bed. Had another decent sunset and an even better sunrise About time I had an early night and still didn't feel 100%. Ian decided to watch the Egyptian belly dancer (well he would wouldn't he) but I was very surprised that he returned after an hour and said it wasn't that good. So by 10pm lights were off and we didn't even stir when Balmoral weighed anchor at Midnight. Had another decent sunset and an even better sunrise.

Safaga Port

Today we docked at Sharm el-Sheikh. Woke feeling not to bad so a got a couple of Panadol down me and hoped for the best. By 8.30am we were herded onto the waiting mini buses for the snorkeling at Ras Mohamed, a beautiful bay of rich coral and turquoise seas. Because of the density of salt in the Red Sea  (23%) it was ideal for snorkeling and seeing a variety of fish. Again we had an armed escort, seems the norm to keep the tourist safe Once at Ras we were not disappointed. Although the sun was out the air temperature felt chilly but once in the warm sea (20°) and floating amongst the coral we warmed up in no time. After an hour we made our way back to the beach. Talk about shock to the system. That wind........cut right down to the quick, so those that were able, legged it back to the Bedouin tent for hot herb tea and a warm! One Arab seller was parading his wares but with no hard sell I decided to buy 3 hand made necklaces for the dizzy sum of $5. To date this has been the best excursion by far but you never know, maybe tomorrows might top that as we dock in Aqaba and the Nubian ruins of Petra.

First sighting of Sharm el-Sheikh

Wild Camels

Round about

Cock roach crawled out of our cruise hostess bag!

Armed escort

Razor wire and water canon

This afternoon we have another sail away party. Already claimed the sun beds but cloud has appeared so no longer basking in the sun. In fact the jumper has come on!!! Still the cocktails and Pimms are half price and if its like the last one we should go to bed a bit merry! More pictures in a few days time as tomorrow we leave early and don't expect to be back to Balmoral until late.

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