Bonsoir Monsieur,<quoted text> I've read the Inferno only...a long time ago. Yeah the Sinai was hot but it was more open. The heat in Varanasi is stifling, The narrow streets and alleys which were always crowded made me feel claustrophobic sometimes, add the intense heat and...Down by the ghats isnt much better because the heat from the funeral pyres makes the temp even more intense and theres no way I'm going for a dip in the Ganges (further north yes but not there) even tho Indians dont mind. The Sinai had the Red sea which was always cold so despite the heat there was the sea to go into. Odd how that body of water which runs between two hot desert countries is always so cold.
Yes, it is very open but I cannot say the same for Florence, in the Uffizi it was similar to an oven....it is an interesting city however. I grew up near the water and have always prefered cities with a sea breeze.
The Red Sea is always cold yes....
In regards to the Ganges all I can say is be wary....in certain parts of it the ashes of the dead were very thick and as you know people drink the water too, which is no doubt unsanitary.
When we were in India we had water purifying equipment and chamicals....it helps a great deal.