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Yesterday we spent the day touring the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Now doing that all in one day is not advisable given the heat, the number of people at these sights and especially the amount that there is to see. Luckily we started in the Valley of the Kings when my energy was high and the heat not at peak. In hindsight I wish I had spent the entire day there, but I have a feeling I will be back again some day.
So we checked out three tombs on the tour, starting with Ramses I, then Ramses III and then onto Thutmosis III, all three built during different dynasties. Of the three, my favorite was Thutmosis.
Speaking of, in 1922 Carter finally found King Tut's tomb after five years trying. Oddly enough, the entrance is right near the entrance of the Valley itself. You had to pay extra to see it, but when am I going to be in the Valley of the Kings again? Well, maybe next year, who knows, but I was going in there regardless. The tomb itself is small, only about three rooms and storage areas, but it is the only tomb with the mummy still inside. There is a large red-stone sarcophogus with the gold-plated coffin (outer most of the three) holding King Tut.
The aforementioned group numbered about 10, including some from Spain, Israel, Korea and Japan, along with the three of us. I could never be a tour guide. No one followed directions for meeting points, so we ended up sitting around waiting on others. I actually scolded a few. I should not do tours, but given the little time we had it was a necessary evil. So from the valley we hit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only queen Pharaoh who ruled for 15 or so years in relative peace.
From there we swung by the Valley of the Queens and then got pics of two statues called the Colossi of Memnon, both of which paled in comparison to the earlier sights, but we also were very tired from the long day and ridiculous heat.
Back at the hotel we bid farewell to the hotel folks who fed us a good dinner of kaysheri (delicious specialty of rice and pasta) before we got on the bus. Now we were told the bus ride was about 16 hours, but it ended up to be more like 18 or so given the number of security checkpoints we had to go through, some of which involved us showing our passport and others just stopping the bus for a bit.
We hit Dahab about noon today. This place is very resort-like with lots of beaches on the Red Sea and plenty of scuba opportunities. I think you can see Saudi Arabia from here (at least I think that is what is across the sea). My main reason for wanting to come was a possible day trip from here to climb Mt. Sinai, but from what we gather the climbs are usually done at night so you can see the sunrise, which is cool, but the trip is a bit grueling I guess. I told the guy trying to sell this trip to us that we are climbing a mountain next week, one mountain is enough, so we are skipping it altogether. Instead we will be chilling by the sea, enjoying the cool breezes and catching up on much needed sleep before we are due back in Cairo on Saturday.