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Luxor, the Temple of Karnak, and the Nile

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All we had to do upon arrival was to identify the bags and they were whisked away to be taken to the ship while we visited the magnificent Temple of Karnak.  Here we were joined by 4 people from Insight Tours who would share the week with us.  Among them were Val and Ian from Perth, Australia and Celia and Pete from California. 

The very extensive temple complex at Karnak was created and expanded over a period of some 1300 years by subsequent pharoahs each adding to it to show their gratitude to the gods for their victories.

Luxor Airport
  As might be expected, it is absolutely awesome!  Once again Ossama was fascinating and we learned that he’s an archeologist.  That was really no great surprise given his knowledge and passion.

By noon we were on the ship.  Given that we were already aware that it was not going to be the Tosca, our anxiety level was pretty high getting onto the MS Miriam.  While it was not a total disaster, neither was it as promised.  This is an OLD girl and, if there had been any refurbishing, it certainly didn’t bring her to a very high standard.  That said, it was clean and, I suppose the kindest word is “quaint”in a “Death on the Nile” sort of way.  As soon as we were under way towards Dendera, we went on deck and Lin realized she’d left her sunglasses in the room.  When I went for them I realized that, though we’d specifically requested a cabin in the bow, ours was in the stern and the engine noise was enough to loosen ones teeth.

Temple of Karnak
  Fortunately, they had exactly one in the bow that had a double bed so we quickly moved.  For the cruise portion of the tour, we were joined by the group part of which we’d met at the airport on the first day.  Their 19 added to our 14 made for a total of 33 passengers on a boat equipped for 110 so we had LOTS of room!  The forks from the other group were primarily from San Antonio and at least for the most part, were traveling together.

On virtually every other cruise we’ve ever taken, deck chairs are at a premium.  Not here!  For whatever reason, the upper deck was nearly deserted all afternoon and only a few of us used the pool.  Cruising the Nile was absolutely fantastic and I took countless pictures.  I tried to read but the scenery was so distracting, I made little progress.  So much of what we saw must have looked the same 2000 years ago. Of note, however, was that among the donkey-drawn carts and people manually working the fields were mud huts… with satellite dishes!  Whenever we’d pass even a small settlement, the shouts from the kids on shore would draw attention to their waving arms and smiling faces.  What a treat! To say this was peaceful is an incredible understatement. 

As would happen each day, tea was served on deck at 4:00.
jhwelsch says:
Hashim, I hope my comments about transportation are not interpreted as criticism. The donkeys are also a great way to avoid consumption of oil! I absolutely loved Egypt and would love to return.
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
H_85 says:
Great photos Jack, they works out like a refrence to those wanna visit Egypt,..
but allow me to answer Dana on ur own page of blogs..
that means egypt is not a far country from the modern life but the natural of some parts in it force its hapitants to use old transportations in thier daily life "tell me how a 4*4 could reach a farm between the others farms without harming the harvest?!
Cheers.
Posted on: Nov 27, 2009
pbug31 says:
I always laugh when I see mud huts and satellite dishes. or how about the donkey-drawn carts with the driver talking on the cell phone. great isnt it.lol
Posted on: Oct 24, 2009
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Luxor Airport
Luxor Airport
Luxor Airport
Luxor Airport
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Statue of Ramses II - Temple of Ka…
Statue of Ramses II - Temple of K…
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Ossama - Temple of Karnak
Ossama - Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
One of countless armed guards - Te…
One of countless armed guards - T…
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Pool on our ship
Pool on our ship
Captain of a passing ship
Captain of a passing ship
Temple of Karnak from the Nile
Temple of Karnak from the Nile
People were incredibly friendly!
People were incredibly friendly!
People were incredibly friendly!
People were incredibly friendly!
Peaceful coexistance IS possible!
Peaceful coexistance IS possible!
People were incredibly friendly!
People were incredibly friendly!
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photo by: LadyMaja