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Day II in Luxor and Day V in Egypt (halfway)

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Outside breakfast

We were again off for an early start, but this time much more human; we had rendezvous at 8 am where our guide Maria would take us out the next morning.

The breakfast was as always good in the hotel and I managed to get a couple of bottle of water for the trip as well. We were fortunate enough to check out after lunch which we would have at the hotel.

This morning we were only 3 person on the excursion beside our guide Maria so it was a nice little team that left the hotel that morning. We entered a Toyota Hiace and left for our first stop which was Luxor Temple which is situated in the middle of the city.

A colourful Bike

The temple was amazing and being there so early gave us the opportunity to have it almost for ourselves. Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the River Nile.

The Temple is known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern sanctuary"; the temple was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and was built during the New Kingdom, the focus of the annual Opet Festival, in which a cult statue of Amun was paraded down the Nile from nearby Karnak Temple (ipet-isut) to stay there for a while, with his consort Mut, in a celebration of fertility – whence its name.

The earliest parts of the temple still standing are the barque chapels, just behind the first pylon. They were built by Hatshepsut, and appropriated by Tuthmosis III.

The Sales Team
The main part of the temple - the colonnade and the sun court were built by Amenhotep III, and a later addition by Rameses II, who built the entrance pylon, and the two obelisks (one of which was given to France, and is now at the centre of the Place de la Concorde linked the Hatshepsut buildings with the main temple.

To the rear of the temple are chapels built by Tuthmosis III, and Alexander. During the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings were a legionary fortress and the home of the Roman government in the area.

After a couple of hours in the temple we were off for the next site which was Valley of the Queens, which turned out to be yet a place where we again couldn't take any pictures.

The valley was on the opposite side of The Valley of the Kings and yet a bunch of holes on a desert hill side.

Babs and the camera
This barren area in the western hills was chosen due to its relative isolation and proximity to the capital. The kings of the 18th dynasty, instead of the traditional building of pyramids as burial chambers (perhaps because of their vulnerability to tomb robbers), now chose to be buried in rock-cut tombs.

The valley of the Queens was a burial place for Queens and teenagers and the first tomb we saw was for a teenager Titi, which was enormously well preserved. The drawings were all clear and in an amazing condition. It was one of the most impressive tombs on the trip.

The Valley of the Queens is where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In ancient times, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning –‘the place of the Children of the Pharaoh’, because along with the Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties (1550–1070 BCE) many princes and princesses were also buried with various members of the nobility.

The town
The tombs of these individuals were maintained by mortuary priests who performed daily rituals and provided offerings and prayers for the deceased nobility.

This necropolis is said to hold more than seventy tombs, many of which are stylish and lavishly decorated. An example of this is the resting place carved out of the rock for Queen Nefertari (1290–1224 BCE) of the 19th Dynasty. The polychrome reliefs in her tomb are still intact

It was planed that we would see 3 tombs but one of them was closed so after the next one which was in a far worse condition we left for our next stop which turned out to be a commercial visit to alabaster shop which none of us were interested in.

Next stop was a boat trip of the Nile in one of the small and colourful tourist boats that crosses the river.

Another local bike
This was more for our amusement, but it was nice to see the city from the water.

I still have these wonderful pictures in my mind of people pumping water into their fields next to river and kids taking their animals to the waterfront to have them drink. The boat went slowly up the river before crossing it and letting us of at the Club Med.

When we entered the hotel they were setting the table at the waterfront and we reserved a table in sun before going to our rooms to pack.

 

The lunch was good and we left the hotel soon after for a four and a half hour bus ride back to El Gouna. The bus ride back felt much faster for me even though the bus was worse. It was an old and small buss that had taken us around Luxor the day before.

The good thing about this little bus was that you could open the windows and there gave us all possibilities to get some good pictures. All the bumps on the road felt worse especially since I was detained in the back of the bus.

When we drove to Luxor I didn't have a feeling that we drove up hill but in this small bus I clearly felt and saw that we drove down hill most of the way but especially after we entered the mountains. The traffic and the way people drive on these roads is a completely different story.

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Outside breakfast
Outside breakfast
A colourful Bike
A colourful Bike
The Sales Team
The Sales Team
Babs and the camera
Babs and the camera
The town
The town
Another local bike
Another local bike
A roundabout
A roundabout
Our driver and his car
Our driver and his car
Going for a short trip on the Nile
Going for a short trip on the Nile
Tourist Boats
Tourist Boats
As long as we can see
As long as we can see
The Hotel Pool early in the morning
The Hotel Pool early in the morning
The Pool bar
The Pool bar
The Pool in the morning sun
The Pool in the morning sun
Only waiting for the guest to get …
Only waiting for the guest to get…
Babs and Richard getting ready to …
Babs and Richard getting ready to…
Luxor Temple seen from the other s…
Luxor Temple seen from the other …
The Nile and Luxor
The Nile and Luxor
Captains son
Captains son
River view
River view
A old boat we were told
A old boat we were told
Looking in or out?
Looking in or out?
Boats waiting
Boats waiting
Traditional ships waiting to be fi…
Traditional ships waiting to be f…
River house
River house
A white Ibis
A white Ibis
The River is floating slowly
The River is floating slowly
All alone
All alone
Waiting to work for someone
Waiting to work for someone
Getting water for the fields
Getting water for the fields
Peeing next to the river; no washi…
Peeing next to the river; no wash…
Loading a boat
Loading a boat
Pumping water from the Nile
Pumping water from the Nile
Fishing the Nile and having the wh…
Fishing the Nile and having the w…
Pumping water and using loads of d…
Pumping water and using loads of …
Midday prayer I
Midday prayer I
Midday prayer II
Midday prayer II
Midday prayer III
Midday prayer III
Walking along the Nile
Walking along the Nile
Hotels at the Nile
Hotels at the Nile
Richard and our guide Maria
Richard and our guide Maria
Babs and Omar Sharrif
Babs and Omar Sharrif
Enjoying the wild life
Enjoying the wild life
Nile hotels
Nile hotels
Sailing the Nile
Sailing the Nile
The corner of Club Med Luxor
The corner of Club Med Luxor
Arriving at Club Med from the wate…
Arriving at Club Med from the wat…
Lunch buffet along the Nile
Lunch buffet along the Nile
Wonderful outdoor lunch
Wonderful outdoor lunch
The Club Med Harbour
The Club Med Harbour
Just a detail
Just a detail
Table tennis in the shade
Table tennis in the shade
The chef team arriving with the fo…
The chef team arriving with the f…
The backyard of the hotel
The backyard of the hotel
Detail from the garden at Club Med…
Detail from the garden at Club Me…
Details from the garden
Details from the garden
Club Med seen from the pool
Club Med seen from the pool
The Pool bar - waiting for a G&T
The Pool bar - waiting for a G&T
The pool bar
The pool bar
Getting ready to leave Luxor and r…
Getting ready to leave Luxor and …
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