A little bit of sunshine in Sharks Bay

Just before Easter I went on a week’s holiday to Egypt. I try to do this at least once a year, and always in winter. I live in a place that is actually very cold and very dark during winter, so it makes wonders with a few days of warmth and sunshine. Usually I do not go all inclusive, but for different reasons me and my friend went on such a deal this time. I usually do not, because the food and drinks are usually better in an ordinary restaurant, and I know the local community do not earn anything if every tourist goes all inclusive to a hotel owned by big, international hotel chain. This time it was Hilton who made the profits, but of course, they also create work for egyptians, even if it is underpaid.

I am sure to go to Egypt for vacation again, because such a trip gives some necessary vitamins of all kinds. But I never go during summer, because then it is too hot there, and too nice in Norway. Here is a link to some more pictures from Sharks Bay, which is located just outside Sharm El-Sheikh, and also a link to my Egypt photo galleries.

By the way, anybody knows the name of this flower? It was trees with big, purple or pink flowers and I have never seen this before.

25 thoughts on “A little bit of sunshine in Sharks Bay

  1. I think I saw this flower in Jeddha, Soudi Arabia.
    It completely baffled me. In a distance I thought it’s Azarea or Ochid though,
    Stamens looks like Lily but Pistil is never seen kind of shape.
    Explanation of a local man didn’t help me at all.
    You should send an inquiry to a botanist in Kew Garden, London, as they
    got the collection of the plant from all over the world.


  2. It almost looks like an Azalea, but the leaves are different. Got me curious as well. You’re so fortunate to be able to visit Egypt and to show the world how nice it can be, in spite of its difficulties.


  3. I have no idea what the name of the flower is. Frankly, I don’t know anything about flowers and plants ;-). But I love your pictures. I’ve been to Egypte but not there… I’ve been to the desert and if you would like something else than all inclusive I recommend that!


  4. The tree is a bohenia – & the flowers are indeed lovely. I’m not sure what country they’re native too, but they grow all over Sydney & are very common where I live in Perth, Western Australia. I have one in my front yard & one in my back yard – the white flowering variety. And I am looking forward to when they are the huge trees they grow into 🙂
    You liked my photos, I have discovered & now am following you 🙂


      1. I’m no expert on botany but that is one flower that I recognise! The Bauhinia that you saw is native to my hometown, Hong Kong – it was discovered in the late 19th century (around 1880 I believe) and comes to full bloom in the winter.


  5. Hi Bente,

    At first glance, I thought it’s Gumamela, a local name for Hibiscus. But when I notice its leaf composition, it looks like from a family of Fabaceae, a Bauhinia species I guess which usually thrives in the tropics. I hope I remember it right as far as my dendrology course is concern 🙂



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