Ailsa’s Travel theme: Hot

Ailsa this week wants us to show some hot shots for her theme,

I’ve had so many vacations to hot places, but I think Egypt in July was the hottest I’ve ever experienced. It was, as you can imagine, a very dry heat, which I find far more bearable than heat with high humidity. Nevertheless, when we arrived from winter in Johannesburg, to temperatures of well over 40 C, it was quite a shock to the system. We were met at the airport by our guide, and whilst our luggage was transported straight to the hotel, we were immediately herded off into the desert, still in our ‘winter’ clothes minus jackets, and stuck on top of camels in the blazing heat. I didn’t even have a hat, and my feet, swollen from the flight, were screaming to get out of my socks and trainers, and into some sandals. Hubby had the well-behaved camel, but after the photo was taken, the one which I was on, had a bit of a tiff with the third one, and decided to break away from the group and go cantering off,  with me hanging on to my son’s waist for dear life. The handler came chasing after us, shouting what I imagined were all manner of obscenities in Egyptian, and eventually caught up and grabbed the rope. Here you can see the heat just shimmering on the sand.


In Ecuador, whilst travelling on the much pot-holed Pan American Highway, our transport slowed as we passed a local Saturday market. The people there seemed totally oblivious of the volcano over the next hill, spewing hot ash into the air. Hubby did notice that many of the houses had reinforced concrete roofs to protect them from falling hot rocks.


At Yellowstone National Park, there was no shortage of hot spots. Here you can see the steam from one of the underground geysers. The air temperature there was so cold that there were icicles all around the crater.


I was shivering with the extreme cold up on the ground, but it sure looked hot down there.


One of the most enjoyable visits I had on the trip, was to the ‘Hot Springs’ at Thermopolis. After being frozen to the core in  icy temperatures, it was so great to just thaw out in those wonderful hot mineral-laden waters, heated by geothermal processes.


I think this post would be incomplete without a really hot sunset. This photo was taken from our cruise ship on  the Barrier Reef. Did you know that our sun is more than 25 million degrees on the Fahrenheit scale and that there are many thousands of stars in the universe that are thousands of times hotter than the sun?  Just  imagine that!


If you’ve enjoyed my HOT post, you can see more interpretations of Ailsa’s theme by clicking here.





92 comments on “Ailsa’s Travel theme: Hot

  1. Another post from you that I need to remember. 🙂 I hate getting fried by the sun, but I have learnt to be friends with the sun after realizig that I can’t hide from it. 😀 Amazing set of “hot” location. Then you end with te incredibly perfect image of the sun – WOW! Excellent, excellent post!

  2. Here I can say quite seriously that this is not your blog – my eyes – this – never seen – thank you from my heart for posts which seem to us – they – here in this way expand my horizons – I’ve already said once before – voluntarily arise for your luggage carrier – in one of exotic travel 🙂 🙂 🙂 thanks once again with love maxima

  3. I would love to get on that ride from you’re first photo! I was in Saudi Arabia for 3yrs and half where Camels are all over, but I haven’t got the opportunity to hop on.

    Have a great one,

      • I totally understand. When my horse decided he/she wanted to step off the path to grab a bite to eat – I was terrified. The path was down a rocky mountain slope! I didn’t have much confidence in her sure-footedness once she got off the path, and it took pulling with all my strength and a little bitty scream to get her to take a quick nibble and keep up with the pack! Scary!

  4. What an amazing selection of hot experiences. I can relate to your frisky camel. Don’t they have a funny/uncomfortable gait when running?

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  6. I’ve only experienced Egypt in winter 😉
    But I spent most of my childhood holidays on the grandparent’s farm in Zeerust in the Westen transvaal – while not quite arid, it was HOT there!!! Boiling 😉

  7. Very interesting pictures and post Sylvia. I definitely think a shower, and the opportunity to catch your breath at your hotel, would have been preferable to being herded straight out into the desert on your arrival in Egypt. Still, you made the best of it. 🙂

    • Thanks, Adrian. Yes, we just had to go with the flow and enjoy it. Our guide was terribly enthusiastic and wanted us to get stuck in right away. I remember the relief I felt when we did eventually get to our hotel room. 😀

  8. I’m with you on this one… I prefer the temperature to be perfect and that’s pretty much what I have here for much of the time. 🙂 (though my preference may lean a bit toward the cool side)

  9. Scorching! I love heat especially as you say dry desert heat 🙂 I stayed in a hotel in Turkey built around a hot mineral spring, the pool was wonderful!

  10. What a great variety of hot images from around the world, Sylvia. I too was in Egypt in July; I was there for a month studying Arabic at Al Azhar University, with no air-conditioning! It was pure misery, yet somehow living in Egypt that summer was one of the highlights of my life. Your experience of the hot springs in Thermopolis was similar to mine in Banff, Canada. I had to run outside in frigid temperatures to jump in the hot springs, but once in, I had a stunning view of the mountains all around!! You’ve brought back great memories for me. 🙂

  11. Finally I have been to a place where you have traveled! We spent two years in Yellowstone and I have been to Thermopolis. I would so love to visit some of your international destinations…hopefully someday. 🙂

  12. I was in Egypt in December and I thought that was hot! I heard about those of you who came in the summer months. Sweltering, blistering heat. You are a legend in my mind!

  13. This is a very HOT post indeed! The camel ride must be something that you will remember for the rest of your life (I know I would!). I can’t believe those people weren’t worried about the volcano – goof grief, I would have freaked 😉

  14. The first photo is lovely, the second picture makes me feel sweaty just by looking at it. It reminds me of the humidity in the tropics which used to be home. The hot srping does look relaxing after a long chilly day. What a dream.

  15. I avoid hot wherever possible. We are having a heatwave here in Brisbane right now and I am sitting quietly under a fan. I have no plans to move away any time soon. To avoid Brisbane summer I will be heading off to Italy in January for a bit of winter.

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