Day I in Luxor
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The bus ride felt with no doubt very long because there is not much to see during the trip. Leaving El Gouna you enter the stony mountains after one hour, which only gives you some nice views, but you have to appreciate rock formations to get the buzz.
Otherwise you have to wait a couple of hours for the reach of the outskirts of the Nile where thing starts to get green and inhabited. The sights get to be interesting and you are getting close to the real Egyptian life of the countryside even though you are passing by with 100 km/h.
Entering Luxor gives you a little taste of what wonders which are awaiting you.
The bus drove us directly to our first sight the monstrous and overwhelming Karnak temple which was the centre of the Egyptian empire for thousands of years. We were here split up into different language groups. Our English turned out to be only 5 persons of which two were going back the same day. We met our guide Maria who turned out to be a pleasant and very knowledgeable guide.
We put our luggage in another bus which we going to be in the rest of the day. We entered the amazing temple and had a fantastic experience walking the ruins and listening to Maria's stories and they were numerous.
One thing that was very funny was all the caretaker or self employed rock watchers that were shattered over the whole area which by the way was enormous. Imagine that the temple housed 81.000 workers on a daily base.
After a long visit we drove to the hotel where we had access to our rooms for the night. We had to check in and go fast to the lunch, because they were strict on the opening hours of the lunch; they closed at 1.30 PM. The buffet was quite good, and light. The rose wine was a bit sharp but so what.
At 1.45 we were off to next site. Two giant Colossen of Memnon were standing on a middle of a field. These were surely massive and impressive but they were unfortunately the last remains of temple built in the wrong kind of stone. After taken the obligatory pictures; our little group headed for one of the most important