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4:15pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 in Leisure
Revolution is hardly a topic of conversation you expect to come up on holiday, but any visit to Egypt is unlikely to escape at least a mention of the popular uprising which began early last year and saw The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi voted in as president last week.
Even our destination, Sharm el-Sheikh, suffered from holidays being cancelled during the unrest, despite its location more than 200 miles from the capital.
But throughout the week my girlfriend and I spent exploring underwater life, riding camels and climbing a mountain of Biblical importance, we found nothing to worry about in Sharm, which experienced no violent clashes during the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
It felt as though the ongoing revolution really had no effect on our holiday, except perhaps enlivening conversations with tour guides as they spoke about how their country was changing.
Sharm, on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, grew from a sleepy fishing village to a major tourist destination in a few decades.
Long stretches of natural beaches, a warm climate throughout the year and clear water for Red Sea diving are among its main selling points.
We looked for evidence of the revolution, but our holiday snaps don’t feature any burnt-out cars or angry mobs.
The reluctance of travellers to visit Egypt during political uncertainty is understandable but Sharm is about the same distance from the capital as Cornwall is from London.