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Hello All or anyone who is reading this, we are safely back on our hotel rooftop after a hectic day of travel and sightseeing. After returning from Abu Simbel we had a quick rest at the hotel before setting out again. We crossed the Nile on a local ferry which while basic is quick, cheap and frequent enough so we cant complain. This was our first taste of segragation in an Islamic country as I was asked to sit with the men and claire with the women in vails, strange feeling being split up by local custom but all turned out ok when we got off. Visited the local mountain side tombs but again due to Ramadan the site was closing early so it was a rushed visit., The siter ranged from left to rightleft being ainchent egyptian and right being Roman and Catholic crypts.
Naturaly since the Catholics were out of favour with the muslims in this part of the world every fuigure in a painting of jesus and the last supper has been decapitated to show local anger at cristianity. Anyway was a good if quick trip we even bribed the tourist guard to let us stay afeter hours but not for too long since we had forgotten to bring any warter.

Its been hot today very hot hotel manager said 45degrees which even he admitted was hot, everyone is amazed that westerners like us will walk for miles or climb a mountain to see a monument, appears that the Americans always put some poor donkey or camels back out trying to get to the top the lazy way. Finished off the day by visiting a local restrrante that speccialiss in fish and was the best meal we have had, a  whole Sea Bass and Bream for only 8 English pounds I love dinner time over here, and Ramadan makes tea even better.
Ramadan has not been that bad we have not been eating during the day and avidly wait for sunset hence so many pictures of it then the fun and feasting begins. After the long day we have had we both had the urge for a little liquid refreshment as we quite often do but as you can guess no guinness(how we miss it)only the local dribble that passes for beer over here, insteat we tried the russian roulette which is the world of Egyptian wine. The wine of choice over here is Obelisk which does not make me think of French or Italian vinyards and the taste after the first glass has settles if hard to describe let alone after finishing a bottle, sop here we are bottle of pop and some home made ics cubed form our mini bar sat on a roof overlooking nnot much but its a nicce night temperature has dropped to 30degrees so making the most of it. Upearly to catch train to Luxor tomorrow so no doubt more updates to follow.
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Hello All or anyone who is reading this, we are safely back on our hotel rooftop after a hectic day of travel and sightseeing. After returning from Abu Simbel we had a quick rest at the hotel before setting out again. We crossed the Nile on a local ferry which while basic is quick, cheap and frequent enough so we cant complain. This was our first taste of segragation in an Islamic country as I was asked to sit with the men and claire with the women in vails, strange feeling being split up by local custom but all turned out ok when we got off. Visited the local mountain side tombs but again due to Ramadan the site was closing early so it was a rushed visit., The siter ranged from left to rightleft being ainchent egyptian and right being Roman and Catholic crypts.
Naturaly since the Catholics were out of favour with the muslims in this part of the world every fuigure in a painting of jesus and the last supper has been decapitated to show local anger at cristianity. Anyway was a good if quick trip we even bribed the tourist guard to let us stay afeter hours but not for too long since we had forgotten to bring any warter.

Its been hot today very hot hotel manager said 45degrees which even he admitted was hot, everyone is amazed that westerners like us will walk for miles or climb a mountain to see a monument, appears that the Americans always put some poor donkey or camels back out trying to get to the top the lazy way. Finished off the day by visiting a local restrrante that speccialiss in fish and was the best meal we have had, a  whole Sea Bass and Bream for only 8 English pounds I love dinner time over here, and Ramadan makes tea even better. Ramadan has not been that bad we have not been eating during the day and avidly wait for sunset hence so many pictures of it then the fun and feasting begins. After the long day we have had we both had the urge for a little liquid refreshment as we quite often do but as you can guess no guinness(how we miss it)only the local dribble that passes for beer over here, insteat we tried the russian roulette which is the world of Egyptian wine. The wine of choice over here is Obelisk which does not make me think of French or Italian vinyards and the taste after the first glass has settles if hard to describe let alone after finishing a bottle, sop here we are bottle of pop and some home made ics cubed form our mini bar sat on a roof overlooking nnot much but its a nicce night temperature has dropped to 30degrees so making the most of it. Upearly to catch train to Luxor tomorrow so no doubt more updates to follow.
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photo by: Vikram