Flower of Light Centre
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Another interesting wall decoration was that of a calendar, kinda neat to see how they recorded important events for posterity.
The Crocodile Museum is of course here because Sobic is the main god of this area and this temple. Inside were giant mummified crocodiles, which were considered gods because of Sobic. My favorite fact was that these crocodiles were often bejeweled and even had their nails painted. Love these scalebabies!
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They kind of reminded me of the beautifully painted Vatican corridors, but an Egyptian version. They were so large and went way down into the mountain with the most beautiful Egyptian
paintings/hyrogliphics all throughout.
The stories and beliefs behind the paintings are extremely involved and meaningful, so much so it all gets a bit confusing. I was quite blown away by the tombs and their ...
... was an important place of pilgrimage for the Ancient Egyptians. Invariably a state of ruins and dereliction compared to its former glory, it was packed full of people and travelers on our visit.
Today was a day off in Egypt and there were families and people out everywhere, local lads also out and about who look like they are up to no good in groups ogling the tourists.
Back to the hotel to freshen up and ...
As I still have until Sunday and I've run out of things to do in Cairo, I looked into the possibility of trips to either luxor or alexandria. Luxor is the famous capital used in the ancient Egyptian times hence there is a lot of tombs and monuments there. I spoke to Bedis the Tunisian and he'd agreed to do a day tour of luxor which involved taking a night train (10 hours) and then arriving early the next day to see the 5 main attractions. I tagged along and ...
... the campsite at Luxor by 11:50am - amazing - 93 km or so and feels like it was a really short distance day.......
After setting up my tent on a very small camping field - I'd grabbed my spot by dumping my bags and bike on a small area, but then splurged for half an hour or more. The others around me had put their tents up by the time I started, and Eric (Beurton, French) took great exception to me being 'so close' to him - look at the photos - his tent has the most ...