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A Walk Along the Serpentine in Hyde Park

From Hyde Park Corner by the Park Lane subway on the right, following the signs to the Wellington Museum. Turn right at the top of the steps. Go around the front of Apsley House and then turn right through the gates, crossing South Carriage Drive into Hyde Park. To the right is yet another tribute to Wellington (and also his men) – a statue of the legendary hero Achilles, cast from captured cannon. Wellington was often referred to by grateful contemporaries as the ‘Achilles of England’.

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Married in Business

by Jack & Elaine Wyman

A book designed not to give you solutions but ideas and a set of rules and examples of how others have done it. This book is divided into two main sections. The first is the base and substance of the book, and the second a series of samples and situations.

I was disappointed that the first part was so short. It contains only two chapters of ten or eleven pages each even though the information is very useful for couples thinking of starting a business together. At first I found the second part boring because it was stories of different couples and how they made it married in business. The majority were not of my liking, so I dropped the book and didn’t pick it up for months.

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A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman

by Joan Anderson

Ever wanted to take time out? Walk away from your life and reinvent yourself? Stop being a mother, a wife, a girlfriend, a businesswoman, a cook, or a lover? Just be YOU.

Joan Anderson did just that. After 30 years of marriage, she packed her bags and took a year out, to be alone and find herself again. She retreated to her cottage in Cape Cod and got to know herself again, not in relation to others, but in relation to herself.

This is a true story, a moving account of woman’s journey back into her soul. This is proof that we can all find our roots, our essence, and need not rely on others in order to do so.

Having just come out of a 2-year relationship, I was recommended this book by a very close friend. I devoured it in one sitting. I couldn’t get enough of Joan’s discoveries, her courage, and her honesty. She writes with simplicity and from the heart. And she inspires you to want to swim with seals, and run along the seashore in the rain! This is a truly wonderful book.

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Relationship Rescue

This is old but a good read none the less. If there is one book that will force you to take a long good look at yourself, and at your relationship, this is it. And boy is it worth the read! Relationship Rescue by Dr. Phil

I am not a fan of American self-help books. I usually find them cheesy and condescending. Dr Phil, however, is honest (brutally so!), simple, and very wise.

Going through a difficult time in my own relationship, I wanted a book that would challenge me to honestly evaluate what needed to change between us. I found just the thing.

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Abou El Sid

Abou El Sid is meant to symbolize the classic Egyptian, the coffee shop owner, the “ibn el balad”. It is the place to introduce traditional Egyptian cuisine in an upmarket setting and it does so without compromising on quality.

The main doors are colossal and for someone my size (5’3), it can be very intimidating. Once in however, you will be greeted by the friendliest staff. They are quick to find you a table and really do make a genuine effort to make sure you’re OK.

Abou El Sid is a different experience whether you’re going for lunch or dinner. I’ve been for lunch on several occasions and get into a meditative mood every time. It is quiet, the Arabic music is set on the right volume and the staff is very attentive. I started with the chicken broth with orzo which was smooth and delicate and could almost be a meal in itself. Had to take a break and then dig into my molokhia with Meatballs. It was served correctly, the molokhia in one plate, the rice in another and the meatballs in a third. A little accompaniment of onions in lemon and vinegar did the trick. My friend had the Veal and Orzo Tajin which I took one look at and could not resist trying. The meat was tender and the orzo soft and not chewy. By the end I was too full to try any desserts but friends tell me the Fetir is decadent. I ended my 3 hour long lunch with a cup of mint tea which would help me recover from the meal and walk back to my car alert.

The décor is anything but discreet. French furniture, the type you see in most Egyptian houses, sits in wild colored walls. This furniture that has become so tacky has managed to reach cult status thanks to the elegant touches of Abou El Sid’s owners. Like in its sister restaurant Tabasco, the music is personally picked by the owners and ensures a good atmosphere throughout the evening.

Abou El Sid is a novelty and a delight. I suggest you go for lunch (after Ramadan if you’re fasting) and try the food which will leave you feeling pleasurably heavy on the stomach and light on the wallet. Otherwise have a drink in the evening and experience Egyptianness in its new light!

Address: 157 26th July St. Zamalek, Egypt
Phone Number: 27 35 96 40
Opening Time: 1 PM – 2 AM