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Luxury on the Nile

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The pool deck on the Scherazade

It is lunchtime and we are shown to our cabin on the Sheherazade boat.  We have a huge double bed, a lounge area and two bathrooms, one each!   Up to the dining room and we are given a glass of hibiscus tea (the Jamaicans call this drink sorrel) and welcomed by the master of the ship.  In the dining room  we are served a 4 course meal.  Caesar salad, consomme soup, fish or beef and a dessert pudding, Om Ali.  A couple of our group have the beginnings of tummy troubles and we are rather concerned about those on the felluca.  Free time until 4.30pm when we walk along the river about 200 meters to board a felluca for a one hour sail to experience that style of boat the others are going to sleep and sail on for two days.

Drifting on the Nile
  There are no toilet facilities so the others will be pulling up along the Nile at regular intervals to find bushes!  They will be sharing the traditional foods cooked by the crew of the ship.  Leanne and I were going to have a swim but where we tie up, there is a crowd of Nubian men with donkeys, camels  just standing around so I lose my nerve as I don't want to be the entertainment as I would struggle inelegantly to get back on board afterwards.

Instead I dangle my ankles in the cool water until we sail back to the cruise ship.  Luckily there are no longer crocodiles in the Nile!  Dinner is a wonderful buffet of cold cuts, hot dishes, salads and ornate desserts.  Our travel companions are fun and there is a little bit of 'Cath & Kim' in a couple of them which keeps us highly entertained.

Banks of the Nile
  Like the one who knew a girl who didn't have a mirror to comb her hair so she used her camera phone taking 50 pictures of herself until she got the look right!  Everybody compares the state of their digestive systems, the Chinese family seem to have every type of medication needed and willingly hand out to those who don't have.  My tummy starts to rumble but I am not worried.

Wednesday.  We sleep soundly getting up at 9am for breakfast only to find that it finished at 8.30am and we are now steaming along the Nile.  Head up to the top open deck where the pool is and one of the waiters takes pity on us and brings us a free cup of coffee.  I dunk in the cold plunge pool then relax on a lounge with a book, loads of sunscreen, dark glasses and keep one eye on the passing scenery.

Our state room!
 

Lunch is chilled cucumber soup, salads with lamb & baby okra.  Dessert is ice cream with raspberry syrup served in a wafer basket.  By now we have reached the Kom Ombo Temple and the boat ties up.  We disembark and check it out with Rasha.  Our secondary guide, Remon is with the felluca party.  She guides us through the temple then we re-board, relax and get ready for dinner and the Nubian Nights party which is a dress up party with costumes available for hire.  I asked one of the other girls in our party if they have two bathrooms in their cabin and they don't so a whole group of them come to view our state cabin then show us their modest ones!  We are so lucky but the Chinese couple also have one next to us.

other end of our state room

We decide to hire a fez for Andrew and make do with what we have in our bags for the party.  My tummy is now in full flight and I start taking the Imodium we have brought.  I still want to eat all the foods and do, but pay for it later.  The party is fun and the Master of the boat introduces the crew to us and they form a singing, drumming band and are very good for waiters and cabin crew!  Games have to be played and the two Colombian friends do very well winning prizes.  The boat continues to motor on up the Nile and we tie up at about 11pm near the Edfu Temple.  Through the night as I make many trips to my own personal toilet I notice more and more boats like us mooring alongside.

After an early breakfast we get off the boat and pile into horse drawn carriages to go to the Edfu Temple.

God Horos, my favourite, second from the left with head of a hawk
  Our poor horse is very thin and sickly looking with lots of strap sores and we wonder if we should walk instead of making the horse drag the cart along.  Edfu is a Greco-Roman temple amazing preserved.  When it was discovered in the last two hundred years it was virtually buried in sand which took 50 years to remove.  It was cleaned which unfortunately took off all the colours.  It had been occupied by Christians for some time and their cooking fires blackened the ceilings and because they considered the engravings to be pagan they defaced figures of the gods and animals.  Rasha takes us to a passage at the back of the temple and shows us the medic inscriptions along the walls depicting amongst other things the tools of the trade.  We all say a prayer to the gods for Soth who now has the tummy woes quite badly while others are getting it or getting over it.  We seem to be passing the bug around the group. 

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The pool deck on the Scherazade
The pool deck on the Scherazade
Drifting on the Nile
Drifting on the Nile
Banks of the Nile
Banks of the Nile
Our state room!
Our state room!
other end of our state room
other end of our state room
God Horos, my favourite, second fr…
God Horos, my favourite, second f…
My hero (God Horus) and my love (A…
My hero (God Horus) and my love (…
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