Goodbye Chris May
by Jimmy Dunn
Hebba and Chris My last trip to Egypt, taken for the first time with my family, was enjoyable. But now, what I will remember most about the trip is that it was the last time for me to enjoy a cold beer on a warm summer's eve on the terrace of the Longchamps hotel with a good friend, Chris May. I remember him feeling ill as we were set to depart Cairo to go back to the states. Within a month, he had passed away.
Chris was one part of the management at the Longchamps, known to many to be a little gruff, perhaps cantankerous, and he certainly loved to grip. But like many such people, once you got to know the man, you found someone who was a true friend, with a rough exterior, but with a big heart. In his advancing age, mostly he just wanted to golf, and like many Germans, sip his beer in the evenings.
Chris was a longtime employee of Lufthansa Airlines, and continued to do consulting work for them after retirement.
For me, my friendship with Chris was like many of the other odd relationships that Egypt has helped to form. I can't say why, exactly, but for some reason these relationships always seem to me to be so real, so close. Perhaps it is simply the general gracious attitude of the people of Egypt that forces a warmth on even its foreign residents. And with Chris, one had to dig a little, but the warmth was there, and evident.
So now I think back on my last trip, and what most often comes to mind is that last, relaxed evening in the company of Chris, and Hebba, who survives him. Farewell my friend. You will be missed.
Types of Travel to Egypt by Jimmy Dunn
Neil Bush Family Visits El Gouna by Hazel Heyer
Party Time in Ancient Egypt by Ilene Springer
Camel Trekking in the Sinai by Joyce Carta
Nuweiba by Jimmy Dunn
Egyptian Hajj Painting by Sonny Stengle
Where Have All the Pharaohs Gone by Anita Stratos
Marvelous Melokiyah by Mary Kay Radnich
Exploring Isis by Catherine C. Harris
Never Mind, Just Crossing the Moon by Arnvid Aakre
Editor's Commentary By Jimmy Dunn
Ancient Beauty Secrets By Judith Illes
Book Reviews Various Editors
Hotel Reviews By Jimmy Dunn & Juergen Stryjak
Kid's Corner By Margo Wayman
Cooking with Tour Egypt By Mary K Radnich
The Month in Review By John Applegate
Egyptian Exhibitions By Staff
Egyptian View-Point By Adel Murad
Nightlife Various Editors
Egypt On Screen By Carolyn Patricia Scott
Restaurant Reviews Various Editors
Shopping Around Various Editors
Web Reviews By Siri Bezdicek
July 1st, 2001
June 1st, 2001
May 1st, 2001
April 1st, 2001
March 1st, 2001
February 1st, 2001
January 1st, 2001
December 1st, 2000
October 1st, 2000
September 1st, 2000
August 1st, 2000
July 1st, 2000
June 1st, 2000
Who are we?
Tour Egypt aims to offer the ultimate Egyptian adventure and intimate knowledge about the country. We offer this unique experience in two ways, the first one is by organizing a tour and coming to Egypt for a visit, whether alone or in a group, and living it firsthand. The second way to experience Egypt is from the comfort of your own home: online.