View of Luxor Temple from Snacktime
Luxor is magical and a true oasis. I could live here! A smaller city, emminently walkable, gorgeous street views everywhere you look - the Nile, the Luxor Temple, sugar cane fields, incredibly friendly people - I would have loved to have spent much more time just hanging. There is way too much to see and enjoy in just a few days so if you can - stay and relax.
Karnak Temple is the most amazing temple I saw in Egypt. Pictures don't do it justice - you just have to go. Luxor Temple is viewable from the outside. Entering is nice - but not necessary and it's jammed with tourist buses. You can get a birds eye view of Luxor Temple from the Snack Time Restaurant. It's next to the McDonalds and despite the name, the 4th floor has excellent views, sheesha, fantastic kababs and great service. The elevator up is pretty cool too - you get a windowed view of the Luxor square/temple as you go up.
Another fantastic place to eat is Oasis Cafe, near the Mercure Hotel. Phone: 0952372914 The mixed grill and kebabs/kofta are great, the lentil soup the best we've had and they have Western style breakfasts. Wonderful ambience - check it out.
The only place in Egypt we felt relatively unsafe was the Luxor Souk. We were warned about pick pockets and ran in to the most outrageous bargaining/heckling we encountered in Egypt.
There are plenty of other places to shop - take a photo and avoid the Souk. The calesh drivers are also worth avoiding although you see tour groups and many tourists riding them. Luckily the Brooke Animal Hospital is active in Luxor and most of the animals are well taken care of - far more so than in Cairo
. Get involved at: http://www.thebrooke.org/
We found a fantastic tour guide through Travbuddy and couldn't recommend him enough. Mohamed Yossry Tawfik - takes care of everything - hires the car, provides detailed information on each site, knows the restaurants to go to, helps with the hecklers, and is a pleasant and affordable companion for a day. We picked his brain on all sorts of information - from Egyptian style dating to the origin of the Pyramids. He took good care of us - contact him at: Mohamed Y. Tawfik Customer Service/Call center, Luxor International Airport. Tel. work: 002 095 237 465 5 Tel.
Home: 002 095 227 e925 0 Mobile: 002 010 424 134 4 He's also on Travbuddy: http://www.travbuddy.com/mohamedyossry and his email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feluccas on the Nile
The West Bank was great - I was envious of other tourists who were biking from site to site but due to time constraints we didn't.
It's nice and flat and perfect biking country if you have the time. Loved seeing the Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepshut's Temple, but Karnak was my highlight.
We also found, with incredibly difficulty, a folk dancing event with belly dancing and a whirling dervish. We had heard about it on the net, but no one locally knew about it. It's at the Nile Palace Steigenberger on the Corniche - starts at 8 and goes till 10. The dance troupe is comprised of mostly unprofessional young folks - with enthusiasm but little skill. That is, until you get to the belly dancer and the whirling dervish - amazing dancers and an amazing show! You just need to sit through the others with a cold Stella or Saqqara and wait for the main event.
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Incredible Nile & Temple Views, great kebab, and sheesha!
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