Wakeup was at a slightly less painful and after a quick breakfast we were on the bus at .Ossama had explained that we’d normally be starting early each day to avoid both the crowds and the mid-day heat.
Given that there were only 33 passengers on the ship, I naturally assumed that they would combine the two groups onto one tour bus.Happily, that was not the case; though we went to the same sites on the same schedule, each group (out 14 and their 19) retained its own bus and tour director.
The ride to the temple at Dendera was a short one and we were the first group to arrive, allowing for some excellent photos of the temple free of people.This temple, dedicated to the goddess Hathor, was built during the first century BC and its Greco-Roman influence is evident in its columns.
On the rear wall of the temple is the only relief in Egypt depicting Cleopatra VII. Beside her is her son Caesarian
Having been up so early, we were back on the boat for a departure.Given the number of tour boats on the Nile and the relative shortage of dock space, it is typical for many boats to tie up together.The first ties to the dock, a second to it, a third to the second and so on so that sometimes six or more boats use a single dock space.Each boat has a door in each side and all are in the same position so one may have to walk through the lobbies of several boats to get to ones own.This makes it interesting when one of the “inner” boats prepared to leave and in this case three boats had to pull away for us to depart.The boat immediately forward of us was departing as well and several boats were tied up to it so the river was an absolute zoo.Coordinating all of this must take some doing!
After a mid-morning tea, Ossama called us together in the lounge for an lecture.
Our ship, M/S Miriam
It was intriguing and Ossama’s delivery is enticing but, due to lack of sleep, I must confess to a little trouble staying awake.Ossama has obviously spent some time as a teacher and I definitely felt like I was in class most of the time.He would even quiz us from time to time on things he’d told us earlier.By the end of the tour we were joking about fearing the final exam.My major regret is that I’ve retained so little of the knowledge he distributed so effectively.
The afternoon was spent on deck as we sailed back to Luxor.Once again, the scenery along the Nile made it difficult to look away.
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