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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

First day at the Winter Palace Pavilion

We were up fairly early and into the breakfast room.  I must say that there is a big difference in the breakfast provided, but it's still not a patch on the Hilton!!  The old toaster that seems to be built in with the bricks is still there clunking along very slowly with its controls broken!!  The orange juice looks like orange juice but tastes nothing like orange juice. At least there is more fresh fruit than normal and this year strawberries were in season and on offer most mornings.  However, as the mornings progressed, the same strawberries seem to be trotted out each day and they eventually ended up looking like the tinned variety!!  There is no egg station any more, so no more playing 'find the egg man'!!  You can have your eggs cooked to order and brought to the table and this at least ensures you get them still hot, which is a bit of an improvement.  There is also a better selection of cold meats and cheese and a fairly good selection of breads, cakes and pastries.  This is the egg menu.

I'm afraid this is where the blog will get a bit boring as most days were now spent at the pool!!  However, there were a few things that we got up to, and I'll intersperse the text with photos to try and keep your interest going!!

We did notice more cats running around the grounds compared to previous visits, but they are very timid and don't really come near the guests, although we did see some hanging about at the pool restaurant.  I think they have probably been displaced from the grounds at the old Luxor Hotel which is presently undergoing refurbishment and reconstruction. This is where the restaurants of Sinbad and Hamees are but we didn't visit them this time round as we weren't impressed with them on our last visit, and this is where lots of cats could be found.  I have no problem with cats and kept trying to capture them with the camera - they weren't at all impressed with that!!

For lunch that day we had the rolls that we bought at the local baker along with some cheese bought at the supermarket.  There's no problem in taking the hotel supplies out of the room fridges and replacing it with your own.

Later in the day on going back to our rooms at the end of the day, we were surprised by one of the staff that we know - he arrived at our rooms with teak/coffee making facilities and also some fresh fruit and small delicious cakes!!

The cakes were absolutely delicious!!  Yes, we did eat them before we went out for dinner that night!!  Well, it would have been rude not to!!

We then walked off our little appetisers on the way to Puddleduck - we had made sure of booking a table as the restaurant had been busy the night before.  It was good to see that business was doing well given the smaller amount of tourists now visiting Luxor.  Four starters, four main courses (which included steaks), coffees and drinks cost 526LE, which is very reasonable for the delicious food that is served here.  On the way back to the hotel we stopped off at Caffe Moka and decided to give it a try the next day for lunch.  After that, there began the nightly ritual of a wee nightcap prior to bed using the duty free that we had brought with us!!

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