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Nile Cruise, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae: Have Mercy, No More Greco-Roman!

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Nile Cruise.
Our boat, the M.S. Nile Admiral, left from the Sheraton and it was so huge it looked like a hotel that had been turned on its side.  It was a 5 Star boat run by Presidential Cruises.  The rooms were tiny, but the deck space and upstairs lounge was large.  The boat had a lounge, bar, restaurant, sundeck, swimming pool, 2 shops and 4 floors.

Day 1:  A "guide" who as it turns out knew jackshit about Ancient Egypt took the cruise group on a tour of the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and Deir el-Bahari.  As soon as we got to the sites, to save the tour group and our sanity, we broke off from the group and headed around the sites visiting our favorite spots.  There was no way the "guide"  would survive us having to listen to him try to tie every Pharaoh to Akhenaten and the Bible.
Nile Cruise.
   In the Valley of the Kings, we were on a mission to find Hatshepsut's tomb.  As good little Egyptology students, we did our research before hand, knowing the number and generally where Hatshepsut's tomb was supposed to be located (it hasn't been re-explored in over 100 years).  Through a few sneaky maneuvers to avoid the Valley guards, some great deductive guessing and a little luck we found the entrance to Hatshepsut's tomb, which was filled with garbage!!

Watching the Nile fly by on a boat is an amazing experience.  As you move up the Nile the desert cliffs that line the Nile become large and more imposing.  I'm extremely anti-tour (I hate being confined and told what to do), but it is so worth the experience of floating down the Nile.  Feluccas have been known to be rented for this purpose, but I would advise against it unless you go through a tour company since the white slave trade is rampant and I know of a few foolish people who rented feluccas from joe-smoe and ended up nearly sold into the white slave trade.
Edfu Temple. Marta's Photo.
  The sunsets and sunrises of Egypt from the Nile are also amazing and worth seeing every one.

Day 2: First stop, Esna Temple.  Esna is a Greco-Roman temple to Khnum which is located in a pit in the middle of a small village.  It was begun by Ptolemy VI.  The Hypostyle Hall is all that's left.  Next up was Edfu, another Greco-Roman temple (are we noticing a theme).  This temple was dedicated to Horus and is the most completely preserved Egyptian temple.  The Temple at Edfu was started by Ptolemy III and the entrance pylon is the largest of any Ancient Egyptian temple.  The temple, even though it was Greco-Roman, was quite gorgeous!  Our last temple was Kom Ombo, which was dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek.
Philae Temple.
  It is the only temple built on virgin sole, i.e. no previous structure had been built here, and it's location was planned for dramatic effect as one approached it from the Nile.  It was also Greco-Roman.  (No more Greco-Roman temples please!  They're pretty, but I want some a little more oldy-moldy.)

Day 3:  Back in Aswan.  Our first stop was Philae, again Greco-Roman.  Philae, though, is located on an small island in the Nile.  It's a really spectacular temple, with a unique location.  (And this from someone who snobs most Greco-Roman stuff.)  The temple takes up nearly the whole island.  It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you can see it lit up at night.  
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Nile Cruise.
Nile Cruise.
Nile Cruise.
Nile Cruise.
Edfu Temple. Martas Photo.
Edfu Temple. Marta's Photo.
Philae Temple.
Philae Temple.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
Our Cruise Boat - The Nile Admiral.
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Nile Cruise boats docked.
Nile Cruise boats docked.
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Esna Temple.
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Edfu Temple.
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Edfu Temple. Our little tour fan.
Edfu Temple. Our little tour fan.
Kom Ombo Temple.
Kom Ombo Temple.
Kom Ombo Temple.
Kom Ombo Temple.
Kom Ombo Temple.
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Philae Temple.
Philae Temple.
Philae Temple.
Philae Temple.
Philae Temple. Old location.
Philae Temple. Old location.
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