Welcome to Karnak Temple
Time to leave the felucca. The captain had us floating downstream before sunrise and it was just after sunrise when we were moored, fed and ready to move on. Our next stay was in Luxor but before we travelled there we needed to visit the Temple of Edfu.
When we arrived at the Temple, it was immediately apparent why, despite the fact that we don’t spend a night in Edfu, why the tour is scheduled to stop here. The temple is magnificent. Its not the biggest, nor the grandest but it is perhaps the best preserved.
Large section of the roof are still intact, as are a lot of the reliefs and the colours on them.
A wise old fellow keeping an eye on the place
We had finished our visit of Edfu temple by mid morning. No sooner had we done so than our minibus drove to the convoy start point and we waited. The convoy assembled at Edfu was tiny, just two minivans but it was to join a convoy coming from Aswan. This convoy was really small too though, so the whole waiting game associated with assembling for a convoy seemed a bit of a waste. A job creation scheme for tourist police, it would seem.
It took us about two hours to get to Luxor from Edfu and when we did arrive it was still too early to check into our hotel. So, Mahmoud took us out on the sight seeing trail again, this time, to Karnak temple.
This temple was amazing, perhaps the most intact we'd seen.
Unfortunely, all the batteries for the digital camera ran flat whilst at Edfu temple, so we weren’t able to get any shots of Karnak Temple that morning. Fortunately though we were booked to return the same evening to watch a sound and light show. In between, we checked into our hotel and had the afternoon off to relax. The pool was on the roof, so while Michelle relaxed in our room I went upstairs to get some food and have a swim.
I met Mahmoud there and joined him for lunch but there was almost no shade on the roof and it was sweltering, so I decided against turning myself into a lobster and simply returned to our room and then ducked down into the foyer for a couple of hours to exploit the free wireless internet access. Before going to the sound and light show Mahmoud we went out to dinner with Mahmoud at a local restaurant.The sound and light show attempts to give tourists a bit of historical background to the temple but it was all a bit lost on us as Mahmoud was able to give us much more comprehensive insight during our tour earlier in the day. However, it the tour did allow us another chance to walk through the temple and this time with much lower temperatures. It was stifling when we visited earlier in the day. It also gave us a chance to see the vast grounds of the temple under coloured light. I’m not sure it added anything but it was definitely different and more interesting way of passing the evening than sitting at the bar. It finished quite late and on the way home, Mahmoud gave us the news we’d been dreading all day, he’d arranged wake up calls for us again – this time at a lazy 5:30am.
It was simple fare but we all chose western foods, in order to settle our stomachs and bowels after three straight days of exotic Egyptian food on the felucca.
The last photo I was able to capture during the day before my battery died