November 16th, 2005 – by: skippyed
Cruise boat on the Nile
This morning there were a few sore heads after the night before efforts! For the rest of the morning, a few of our group were feeding the fish as we sailed! We sailed pretty quickly as the wind was up. We stopped for lunch and a swim then moved on to arrive at Kom Ombo temple. We pulled up alongside the enormous cruise ships. We barely left the Felucca and the touts were upon us! They pretty much followed us all along the walking track to the temple. The temple itself was set back from the river with a frontage of shops, market and cafes, not quite what we expected. Kimo led us to a Bedouin tent where he explained about the temple and its complex then we headed up to the temple.
It was packed; there were tour groups everywhere and it made it very difficult to see the temple properly as everywhere you walked, bodies were in your way. We would have liked to have spent more time studying the drawings but it was just too busy so we gave up and headed back down to a cafe where we arranged to meet. At the cafe we enjoyed drinks and smoke of the sheesha pipe then some of us decided to look at the shops and market. It was too painful, the shop keepers and market people were aggressive with their selling because they get so many tourists. We headed back to the Felucca where we were surprised with a nice dinner of takeaway chicken, our first taste of meat for 3 days! The spot we camped wasn't particularly pretty as we were wedged between 2 cruise boats but by 9pm they had gone and we had the Nile once again to ourselves.
On the Felucca