Hot air ballooning and donkey rides...
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We arrived in Luxor and visited the Kom-Ombo temple which lies high up on a hill and overlooks the Nile. Very beautiful. After that it was off to the Edfu temple which was much bigger and grander. Temples, temples everywhere!! Luckily, it is not as hot as Vietnam was so walking around isn’t too bad – it’s mid 30’s most days. Our hotel in Luxor was nice enough. They are mostly 2-3 stars and hot water is appreciated but not always available. A swimming pool is definite crowd pleaser with the group and often the place where we all sit around at the end of the day chatting, drinking the odd beer and writing in our journals. The group are really good bunch of people ranging in age from early 20’s up to mid 50’s. All really well travelled and adventurous types.
We had a fantastic meal out in Luxor where we had Egyptian pizza (what we would call more of a pie than a pizza). They are baked in a pan with like a puff pastry. Yummy!! Also, the fresh juices here are amazing – everything from banana to guava to lemon (or all three together!). Pita bread is everywhere also. The group is starting to revolt about our breakie though – stale white bread, 1 hard boiled egg, cream cheese and a mystery meat. It is the standard everywhere we go so it’s not surprising to see the breakfast numbers dropping – choosing sleep over this breakie.
Deb and I joined Buddy from Hawaii and Marg from Canada at 3am yesterday for our hot air balloon adventure over Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.
After this, we jumped onto some donkeys and headed up to the Valley of the Kings to see the tombs of the ancient pharaohs. This is in the middle of a desert area so it was as hot as hell. To top it off, it was pushing 40 this day. Not sure who had the most offensive smell, us or the donkeys.
After this hot and smelly day it was a quick shower then off to board the train from Luxor back to Cairo. We are here for the one day, then head off to Mt Sinai tomorrow. It is a seven hour bus ride away and then a 2-3 hour walk up to the top. There is a great significance of this site to Moses but I haven’t had time to read my LP book and find out exactly what – guess that’s gonna be how I spend my 7 hrs on the bus tomorrow. Of course the betting has already started amongst the group as to who can make it in the quickest time to the top but I am leaving that to the guys. I’ve got money on Wally from Canada – he’s very psyched J
Tonight we have a belly dancing meal which will either be a great authentic Egyptian experience or a cheesy tourist trap. Am looking forward to it either way. But for now, we must go and tackle the bazaar here in Cairo – in search of presents for all. Wish us luck!! If I hear about our beautiful eyes or Aussie, Aussie, Aussie chants again I will have to walk away (that always gets the price down anyway).
Maas salaama. Shukran.