Luxor: Temple'd Out
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In Luxor right now. Just visited 4 temples in 6 hours - The Valley of the Kings, Haptshepsut Temple, Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. I'm all temple'd out! Will be catching an overnight train back to Cairo tonight. Dreading the thought of it - all 10 hours of it.
The day began with breakfast and when our riverboat docked, we all got on the bus. We had 2 security guards on our bus to help assure our safety. I feel rather unsafe with them around. Afterall, they were carrying firearms!
We first visited the world-famous Valley of the Kings. Valley of the Kings is just that - a valley where the pharoahs were buried. Hahaha... Okay. Not. Commoners were also buried in the area, as well as other royal families and very close friends of the royal family.
King Tut was buried here. So was Ramses I, II, III, IV and oh, his 20+ kids? One of the tombs we entered was filled with traps a 'la Indiana Jones with its small narrow staircase that leads you to the lower chamber which becomes into a slide... down into a bottomless pit - or atleast it is but it was too dark for me to determine if it was indeed bottomless, to the narrow walkways over yet another - I'm sure -bottomless pit and a chamber intentionally designed to make everyone believe to be the resting place of the king - but no... just behind and below that chamber, lies another narrow and low doorway that leads to another chamber, a room where the would be mummy of the pharoah lrests. The air was stifling and as soon as we reached the room, I was glad to leave.
Some of the tombs requires additional fee while the 3 of the available tombs were included with the entrance fee. King Tut was one of the tombs that required additional fee. My sister and I opted out of that since after seeing quite a lot of mummies in the Cairo Museum, we didn't want to see another one - even if it was King Tut's. After all, one mummy really just looks like the next one. And, we honestly couldn't differentiate between them, anyhow.
However, according to the accounts of my friends who bought the ticket for King Tut's tomb, his mummy was a small one (not surprising there since he died - or was it murdered?- at around 10 years old) and it was a small room.
My sister and I chose another king's tomb, whose name I can't recalled at the moment - so expect an edit on this entry, for its artwaork.
After the Valley of the Kings, we continued on to Haptshepsut Temple located on the other side of the Valley of the King. This temple was designed by the queen's lover. Haptshepsut is one of the most powerful female pharoahs in Egypt. Egypt flourished in her reign. The temple was designed - I believe - by her lover. And the temple is connected to the Valley of the King by a tunnel through the mountain.
Haptshepsut Temple has a fantastic view of Luxor's Nile River Valley. From afar, you can see the green-ness of the valley, fed by the River Nile. It is deifnitely greener than Aswan!