How I Foiled a Pickpocket Thief in the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo

After visiting the Hanging Church in Cairo, I was less than thrilled when our guide announced we were next headed to the souks of Cairo, also known as the Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar. When I hear the word "souk," it brings back terrible memories of the all the souks we visited during my trip to Morocco with Overseas Adventure Travel in March 2017. In Morocco, the souks were always super crowded, smelled bad and were overrun with sickly, sad-looking, neglected cats. … [Continue Reading...]

Great Storage Idea for Handbags Or Collectibles & All the Details To Create It

Handbag Storage

Welcome the 511th Metamorphosis Monday! If you've been reading BNTOP for a while, I know you're familiar with this view of my home office.   On the other side of my office, there's a cozy, little reading corner.   Several years ago I hung a Bucket List Travel Map above the chair here in the office, hoping it would keep me inspired and focused on seeing more of our big, beautiful world.   Sick though I was the day I … [Continue Reading...]

Christmas Shopping This Weekend & Taking Advantage of the Best Sales

During the day on Tuesday, my lights went out three times. They weren't out long, just long enough to get all the clocks in the house flashing away. Later that night as I was getting into bed, they went out and stayed out for good. I have no idea what was going on with the power in our neighborhood that day but when I looked out the window, I could see the whole street was out. I never felt panicked though because I have several of the Blackout Buddy devices … [Continue Reading...]

Beauty & the Beast Birthday Table Featuring Beauty & the Beast Collectibles

Welcome to the 528th Tablescape Thursday! Happy to say I have turned the corner with this yucky cold/virus I caught my last couple of days in Egypt. The fever is gone and I'm finally starting to get my energy back now, which is good since the holidays are upon us! Thanks so much for all your comments on yesterday's post. I'm so glad you enjoyed our crazy adventure at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel. Maybe the experience was in keeping with the "legend" … [Continue Reading...]

In the Footsteps of Agatha Christie: A Visit to the Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan, Egypt

Old Legend Cataract Hotel Elegant Bar

I have so many mixed emotions about my trip to Egypt. Every day was truly an adventure filled with wonder, but there were also moments that were disconcerting. As I share photos and experiences from my time in Egypt, I'll share it all--the good and the not-so-good. That way if you ever decide to put Egypt on your bucket list, you'll have an idea what to expect and things to hopefully avoid. Have I mentioned how much I love traveling with Teresa? She is fearless … [Continue Reading...]

As Requested: Instructions & Resources to Make a Beautiful Colonial Williamsburg Fruit Fan for Christmas

DIY Christmas Fruit Fan for Above Door, Colonial Williamsburg Christmas

Welcome to the 510th Metamorphosis Monday! I awoke this morning around 4:00 am. I would say I'm still on Egypt time but I was doing this even when I was in Egypt. I wonder if that's why I got sick, not getting enough sleep. I don't know what's up with my body wanting to wake up so ridiculously early every day, but I wish it would stop. I'm still sick but feeling better each day. Thankfully, the fever is gone, it stopped a couple of days after I started the … [Continue Reading...]

A Spooky but Elegant Halloween Table Setting with a Count Dracula Vampire Theme

Halloween Labels for Wine Bottle, Halloween Decoration

Welcome to the 527th Tablescape Thursday! Well, I did it again...got sick on a trip overseas. The last couple of days in Egypt, I felt like I was coming down with a bad cold. I spiked a high fever during the flight home and that has continued. It's been 102 all night. I'm going to try and see a doctor today. I sure hope I don't have a massive fall-out of hair like happened last time I ran a high fever. Now for the fun stuff! Recently, Norma, who lives in the … [Continue Reading...]

Follow-up to Your Requests: 12 More Products I Use for Fabulous Before & Afters

Welcome to the 509th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning! I had hoped to post a lot more while traveling across Egypt. Unfortunately, fast WiFi has been sadly lacking in many of the hotels. It reminds me of the days of dial-up--remember those? Ugh. I wish I could fast-forward technology right now so every hotel in the world would have high-speed internet. Dreaming! Fortunately, I was finally able to upgrade the WiFi this morning where we're staying, otherwise, … [Continue Reading...]

What Do Travelers Really Wear When Visiting Egypt?

It's 4 am here. Last night we arrived back in Cairo, having completed the Aswan-Abu Simble part of our trip. I can't wait to go through all the photos I've taken to share some of the highlights of this tour across Egypt! It will take some time to go through all the photos I've taken and to organize them for a post, but I hope to share those soon. I've received a few comments here and on Instagram requesting I share our itinerary. I will do that also, including … [Continue Reading...]

An Egypt River Cruise: Sailing & Dining on the Nile River

Cocktail, Egypt Tour

Welcome to the 526th Tablescape Thursday! We've had a lot of early mornings on this trip across Egypt and tomorrow will be another one as I'll be rising at 4:30 AM for a trip to Abu Simbel. The WiFi on our boat is the pitts. If you use more than a certain amount, it logs you out and you have to request a new password at the front desk to continue. I've lost count of how many new passwords I've had to request in order to download photos from my phone, but it's … [Continue Reading...]