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no guidebook is as good as your Guide but if
on 17 June 2016
I have been travelling for nearly fifty years and can honestly say I have never met a situation that would have been improved by the inclusion of a pot noodle. So imagine my horror, on buying this book to help me decide what to take on a Nile cruise, when I found pot noodles (for post "Delhi belly") and a video recorder (to pass the time on long periods on board) as the top recommendations! As to what to wear - no advice at all - presumably because her suitcase is always too full of comestibles and electronic gadgets. For the record, the food on my cruise was exquisite and none of the passengers suffered at all from ill effects or needed a video recorder to pass the time. In fact, there was not enough time to make the most of what the boat, the shore and our fellow passengers had to offer.
Ms Wood is quite clear that this book is a personal account and, once you have got over the horrific prospect of eating pot noodles in the cradle of civilisation, she does in fact have some refreshingly interesting things to say about the sites. Of course, no guidebook is as good as your Guide but if, like us, you are lucky enough to have a highly qualified Egyptologist taking you round who tells you way too much to retain on one hearing, this book, alongside a more conventional guidebook, is quite a useful way to refresh your understanding. As for clothes to take, pretty much anything goes so long as it is respectful and suitable for high temperatures and limited shade.