Aswan, Temple of Isis and Nubian Village
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Another early rise for our
journey to Aswan, the journey itself was 4 hours by private mini bus. It
was interesting trip as we got to see life along the Nile, lush green farmland
of sugar cane and banana plantations. The number of donkey and carts we
passed was evidence that farming here was still very simple.
Aswan itself was smaller than Luxor and had more of a village atmosphere. Our hotel was centrally located and it was easy to walk to everything. Kimo took us to a nice Pizza place for lunch which didn't somehow fit in with its surroundings, nevertheless the food was excellent. In the afternoon we took the ferry to Philae Island to see the temple of 'Isis'.
It was a lovely temple and didn’t have the crowds which made it a joy to visit. Inside the temple were carvings and drawings depicting the New Kingdom. Outside on the banks of the Island overlooking the Nile was a large Roman looking structure called the 'Kiosk of Trajan' it looked liked it belonged in Rome not Egypt. We spent a couple of hours here exploring the temple before taking the boat back to the mainland where we were met with market touts head on! I ended up buying a wooden mask but had to be rescued from the sellers shop by Vaughan because I wouldn't pay the final haggling price and the shopkeeper was getting a little aggressive.
In the evening we had been invited to a Nubian Village which was not part of the tour. We all opted to go as it was an experience not many tourists get to have. We were met at the river side by our Nubian hosts who were going to ferry us to the village. We were 5 minutes or so into our boat ride when one of the Nubians starting banging on a drum and singing 'She will be coming around the Mountain when she comes!!' We all got up danced and joined in! Some of the sentences of the song were changed to say 'She will be smoking Marijuana when she comes' which we thought quite amusing for people who were religious! As we approached the shores of the village we were greeted by children and the women.