Sailing the Nile
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Our cruise ship left the Luxor dock right around 5 in the morning. Somehow, I managed to wake up shortly after we left and went up to the sun deck to get some shots of the sun rising behind us. This was about the only time on the whole cruise where I thought, "the temperature doesn't feel so bad!". All that we had scheduled for the day was to relax...bummer, huh? :) We were to sail down the Nile to the Esna locks, where the boat would be raised some 7 meters so that we could continue sailing.
We reached the locks at about 2 in the afternoon. Since only two boats are allowed through at a time, we had to wait our turn. Suddenly, out of what seemed like nowhere, little merchant ships began appearing. While we were docked and waiting, they came right up to the side of the boat and would try to sell us things, like clothing, scarves, and towels.
Finally, it was our town to sail through the lock. We lined up behind another boat and the gate closed behind us. The lock was then filled with water to raise us to the height needed to sail down the southern part of the Nile. Why there is this difference in the water level I do not know, but I assume it has something to do with the dam built some 30 years ago in Aswan.
Once we'd cleared the lock, it was clear sailing all the way to Edfu, where we docked for the night. We arrived late, had our dinner on the boat, and walked around town for a bit. There really wasn't much to see, but it's always neat to enjoy the nightlife. We were looking forward to seeing Edfu temple in the morning.