Thebes the city of ancient Egypt

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We continue our drive leaving the desert behind and heading towards the city of Luxor - the city know in the days of the ancient Egyptians as Thebes. The capital of the kingdom. Getting there in the afternoon there is the option of going sightseeing in the market - or after three days in the desert to get a decent shower and go for a swim in the pool.


The pool is small and it does not appear to be cleaned to much when you look at all the leaves floating around in it. But boy is it refreshing with a swim in the water.


Next day it is time to go visit two of the main attractions in Luxor. The Luxor and Carnak temples. The Luxor temple is big and impressive - the entrance is dominated by a statue of Ramses II and an obelix - it looks a bit of balanced with only one obelix in front of the temple - there should be two.

Indeed there used to be two obelix in the old days - but the other one is no longer in Egypt but in Paris - at the Place de la Concorde and is therefore more know than its twin in Egypt.


Going from the Luxor temple to the Carnak temple is a long road the Sphinxes Avenue which has got a huge number of small sphinxes on each side of it.


Then at the Carnak temple you go in and it is if possible even bigger than the Luxor Temple with giant pillars holding up the remains of the ceiling. On the remains of the roof you can even see the colours from the ancient Egyptians days still intact without any restoration for more than four thousands years. You can imagine how impressive this sight must have been when it was intact with all the priest performing ceremonies and miracles.

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