The Magic Of Luxor
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Further down the Nile is the ancient city of Luxor. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple and so much more. Everywhere you look, you get a sense of history.
We tried our best to battle against the immense heat here so that we could see as much as possible. We tried our best. At one point in the day it got to 50 degrees celsius...in the shade! For a young man from Ireland, I was definitely not used to this. As someone said, in Luxor it rains for about 3 or 4 days a year. I said its sunny in Ireland for about 3 or 4 days!
We kicked off our day with a visit to the Colossi of Memnon.
We then went straight to the Valley of the Kings, so positioned as it was believed that the hill itself resembled a pyramid (see one of my photos for proof). The tombs here are spectacular. While all the facades from the other pyramids had been removed either by smugglers or by musuems, most of the facades here were still in place. To see the hieroglyphics in place and how they were meant to be seen was spectacular.
Hatshepsut's Temple was brilliant to see in person. The temple is only overshadowed by the story of Queen Hatsheput. She married her half brother tobecome Queen.
After this we grabbed lunch on the Nile. This was not only a cool experience but a fantastic opportunity to get out of the blistering heat. Then we went to one place I have been dying to see. The Temple of Karnak.
The sheer size of Karnak is humbling. Especially when you consider that much of it is still closed to the public. The carvings were so clear and so strong. The heat was quickly becoming unbearable which dampened our experience some what but not our thirst.
We did go to Luxor Temple but we were well too hot to even attempt it. We just went back to our hotel and chilled out in the pool. The pool was on the roof of our hotel which gave us great views of Luxor Temple and the Nile.
After this, we hired out a felucca and set off out onto the Nile just before sunset. We know we were scammed for the price we paid but to be fair, we did not care that much. Money can not pay for the sights we saw along the boat during or to see such a sunset. What a way to end our stay in Luxor. What a way to end any day.
Climbing into the tombs of Pharaohs long gone rivaled that of climbing into the Great Pyramids but I feel that boating along the Nile beats both experiences hands down.