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Thanks for your post, bronze. It was really informative and interesting and I enjoyed reading it. However, I have to say that holidaymakers like you get on my nerves a bit - sorry! :oops: Given that you excluded tops of any kind from your packing, you had obviously made up your mind that you were going to sunbathe topless no matter what. The thing I don't understand is how much extra space can some bikini tops take up in your case?!! Wasn't it worth including them just in case you risked offending anybody? It is your presumption more than anything that I object to. To blatantly not cover up when waiters look uncomfortable is just plain rude, especially bearing in mind that Egypt is a muslim country. I hope you don't mind my frank exchange of views - this is the first time I have ever objected to someone on here, so I don't make a habit of it! I am also a young and attractive 32 year old, not some old wrinklie!!! In short, if you want to sunbathe topless then good on ya, but please do it relatively privately or in a more liberal country! I just don't think it is right to subject everyone to it.
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i,ve also been trying to find out going to sharm so i am glad i found your post cheers
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good post bronzed,you went out of your way to find out and acted accordinley,its what your comfortable with at the end of the day,people go on holiday to relax if people dont like it well its not your problem mate
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Flash, don't you think your POV is a bit selfish? People do go on holiday to relax, but what about those who don't feel comfortable around topless sunbathers? If I always wanted to sunbathe topless, then I'd specifically look for a resort with facilities for it.
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its all about a matter of opinion lardy legs thats why discussion boards are here i was not having a go honest,my wife sometimes goes topless but most of the time not,wherever you go in the world its normal,i agee about being a muslim country but sharm is very westernised as im sure you will agree,as i said mate its only my opinion
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Thanks, flash. I wasn't having a go either and hope I haven't caused offence to anyone! I'm not usually so bolshie! You are right - it is up to the individual. Oh well, at least it has given us all food for thought on a dreary Wednesday morning! xxx
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dont talk about food im starving :D
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Spare a thought - I'm on a diet....and all for this holiday to Egypt! Never been before and keep hearing about all the skinny Italian and Russian birds!!! :wink:
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but nobody makes a man smile like a british lady :lol:
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Outside the Sonesta beach resort a lot of ladies go topless mainly the germans, and russians in actual fact.

I do go topless on ocasions when i 'see; someone else do it, until i have been a few times on the beach then feel more comfortable, because it is a muslin country, i dont want to upset anyone.

I do notice however that touts wanting business for trips always seem to make a bee line for me :shock: Which i couldnt understand until my husband said maybe its because mine are 'North' not 'south' as a joke, but i tend to think its because i am watching everyone else :lol:

The strange thing i have next June is the fact my Mum and her 'male' friend who is my age is coming with us, i dont know him really and i think i would be embarrassed whipping my top off in front of him, and yet i dont no anyone on the beach and it doesnt worry me, thats strange to me.

So to respond to the post, i see what others are doing before i take off my top, and if it is exceptable.

Michelle x
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I think it is more acceptable on the beach, especially a European one, than by the poolside at a family resort.
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Hi All
I understand about the strap marks, why people go topless.but whats with the thong :hmmm
Tricia x
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well done bronzed, i'm glad you enjoyed our country and our sun, i really enjoyed reading your post.

i have commented on the issue of topless sunbathing in another thread:

Going Topless!!!!!

i'd like to add that it seems that the strongest objections and negative comments against topless sunabathing always come from people who do not enjoy this sort of thing, whether because they believe it's morally wrong or that they feel they are physically unattractive), they automatically become judgmental of those who practice it and they start speaking on behalf of the egyptian people and cite the "respect for the culture" kind of argument. actually, there are other ways to respect the culture other than refraining from topless sunbathing, especially that this is only done in tourist resorts where most people know what to expect, if you really want to respect the culture of egyptians then spend some time to know about their political and economic ordeal that the west is partly resposible of and the role that your western governements have always played against them by injustly allying with their enemies and by supporting and promoting religious extremism with the purpose of combating communism regardless of the negative effect this will have on the people, but this is not the issue now.

Egyptians today live on the tourism industry and they know that tourists are coming to their country to relax and enjoy and they are always welcomed to do so.. besides, not all egyptians are muslims and not all muslims are practicing or strict muslims.. according to islam: you are not supposed to drink alcohol, gamble or wear revealing clothes.. any clothes that expose more than the face and hands are not acceptable so if you really want to respect the culture you should cover up in the same manner, refrain from going to casinos and you should not drink alcohol or alternatively do not come to this country at all, egyptians wouldn't want that!

so to people who cite the "respect the culture argument"; please, stop trying to be more royal than the king!
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last year we stayed at the calimera royal moderna and a couple of women took their tops off..it wasn`t long before staff were telling them to put their tops back on :shock: we are going for 2 weeks in july and 2 weeks in august and wonder whether to go and buy strapless bikinis as i do tend to take my top off.. so i`ve probably confused everyone now :P

sharon

who`s confused
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I dont like being beside anyone topless!.After many many years as a nurse I have seen enough naked bodies Thank you!.
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My own personal opinion :idea:

I think you should respect the culture and religion of the country your're visiting :)
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sharon this is soo bizarre, there must be some mistake, i've been to sooo many hotels all around sinai and hurghada and i've seen all kinds of topless ladies and none of the staff said anything.. this must be an individual behaviour from this particular hotel's management or even the staff, but i assure you it's not the norm.

don't tell me you're going back to the same hotel? it's albatros isn't it? i remember it wasn't one of the best!
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Well, thankyou!

Oldhippie, I do see your well considered points (other than where topless sunbathing is the preserve of the body beautiful). I do frown upon nude sunbathing, but in this instance it was wrong of the OP to make the waiters uncomfortable. It would take no time at all to cover up the bits in question with a towel! Let's face it, it is wrong to sunbathe nude in a country where the indigenous population's culture frowns upon public nudity. Would you not cover up out of respect when you visit a temple, for example? Why can't holidaymaking families by the poolside be afforded the same courtesy? It is fine in appropriate places where it is the norm, but that's it as far as I am concerned.
Anyway at the end of the day if you and your fellow topless sunbathers wish to one day to have (.)(.)s like shrivelled brown seed pods whilst risking skin cancer, good luck!!!
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Well said Lardylegs,I totally agree with you.
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