Backgammon on the Felucca
We awoke just after sun rise to the sound of water gently lapping at the sides of the felucca. Our captain had cast off whilst the rest of us were sleeping and we were simply floating downstream as there was no yet any breeze to speak of. We were served a breakfast of omelette, breads, soft cheese and marmalade and then almost like magic, as soon as the food was cleared away, the breeze picked up and we were again flying down the Nile. We didn’t travel too far in the morning though because we soon approached a temple, which meant more sight seeing, more Egyptology lessons and perhaps most importantly, a toilet stop!!
The Temple of Kom Ombo (no other tourists there at all) When we arrived there were a couple of cruise ships berthed but their passengers were returning to the ship and it meant that when we entered the temple, we were in fact, the only people there.While we were touring the temple the crew went to Market to buy fresh supplies, returning with fresh meats for lunch and dinner. After lunch we set sail again, and the remainder of the day was spent tacking back and forth along the Nile. We passed time playing backgammon, snacking on the peanuts we’d bought at the Spice bazaar in Aswan or simply reading and lying in the sun. As sunset approached we’d travelled so far that we were in a section of the river with marshy banks on either side. This meant mosquitoes, so we were forced to sail after dark (quite an adventure on a boat with no lights, on a river abuzz with large cruise ships) until we found a sandy bank. Consequently, dinner was quite late but that was no concern of ours. What else did we have to do?
Our guide was astounded, as there are normally huge crowds at all the temples, all the time. For whatever reason, for the duration of our stay there (in excess of an hour) we were the only people on the site. It was great as Mahmoud didn’t have to try to talk over the top of other guides and we were able to take loads of photos without other tourists getting into the shot.
The Temple of Kom Ombo