Temple of Horus at Edfu
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Barb and I ventured to Edfu by car, while Jac, Ed & Charlie went to Abu Simbel via Aswan by train, plane and automobile. The drive from Luxor was about two hours through lush Nile Valley countryside - lots of donkeys, fields, and interesting sights. Luckily there's a speed limit that's rigidly enforced, so our driver had to go slowly - making it a novel ride for us. He also played some great Arabic pop to entertain along the way.
Over the course of the two hour drive, both there and back, we went through about a dozen security checkpoints - signing out at two and back in at one on our return.
Edfu is worth seeing and I would rank it second in my favorites to Karnak. The carvings on the interior walls are miraculously intact and tell some interesting stories - Amun Min's being one of the most fascinating. (wink wink) The pillars are astonishing and the color on the ceilings still visible in most places. The highlight for me though was the drive there and back, passing local cemetaries - marked by heaps of earth decorated with papyrus fronds, water stations every few kilometers with earthen urns and cups, tiny villages with mud houses and courtyards, and lots of interesting vehicles - from donkey pulled carts to overladen lorries.
A relaxing day, we left at 10am and returned before dark - in time to enjoy Luxor in the evening. (while our Abu Simbel friends were still riding trains, planes and automobiles....)