Edfu, Kom Ombo, Philae and Aswan
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The remainder of our Nile cruise (it totalled 4 days) was interspersed with sailing down the river and stopping to check out some of the other main temple sites along the way. First was the temple of Horus in Edfu, which was pretty amazing and a wonderful collection of hieroglyphs and columns. Second was an evening trip to Kom Ombo, where we got to see some mummified crocodiles as well as evidence of medical equipment being used in ancient Egypt to rival what surgeons use today. This temple was also really well preserved and had a sort of ethereal feel by the night time lighting. Our final ancient spot was Philae, which had to be accessed by boat as it sits on a small island. In fact, it had existed in another location but had to be moved to save it from being ruined when a dam was built in the area, causing flooding.
At this point Milton and I were fairly much of the opinion that the temples were all starting to meld into one, so we didn't mind being taken to the less inspired sites of the High Dam in Aswan (sure, it was pretty amazing, but it was just a dam nevertheless and hardly an ancient wonder of the world), a felucca boat ride to Lord Kitchener's island near Aswan, and a quarry housing an unfinished obelisk. This latter was fairly interesting, but we felt we were pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel for things to see at that point, which reaffirmed that we had made the right decision in leaving the cruise at the 4 day mark to fly to Cairo for the remainder of the trip (our tour operator had factored all this in when we booked), especially since the rest of the group would be merely turning around and sailing back to Luxor.
The only thing I think we really missed out on in deciding to leave when we did was getting to see Abu Simbel, a day excursion that we didn't have time for because of the flight to Cairo. Nevertheless, we were looking forward to a little variety and Egypt's capital definitely felt like the right move at that stage...