Abu Simbel Tourist Village /Hotel Abbas
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Up at 2:30 and on the road by 3, the hotels pack breakfast boxes which is nice, unfortunately for the gluten free it consists of 2 sandwiches, a croissant and 4 pastries! The Egyptian diet is not doing me any favor but heck its 2 weeks I can survive anything!
It's a 3 hour drive to Abu Simbel and we catch a few z's. When we arrive it is dawning and beautiful. These temples (there are 2) were built for and by Ramses II and his most beloved wife Nefertari. ...
... s was inside and outside the temple. The colours were preserved because it was filled with sand.
On the outside there are four massive monuments of Ramses II, representing the four corners of the world. One was damaged during earthquake. Over the statues there was a small frieze of baboons that greeted the sun. Around his legs there were small images of Nefertari and children.
Inside the temple were some really great ...
... It was the first thing invaders saw as they sailed down the Nile from
Africa and was supposed to strike fear into their hearts.
The temple was moved in 1964 because it was going to be
submerged by the Nile. An Italian construction crew spent 4 years moving it
piece by piece further up the mountain but still in the same location.
The Temple has 4 carved statues at the front, one of ...
... Most of the drive was in the dark but the last hour we could see nothing but flat desert in all directions. Near Abu Simbel town, trees were planted near the road.
We arrived in a convoy of roughly 30 police escorted vehicles, 6 of which were large deluxe tour group buses. Once off the busses, the group tourists hung back while the independent ...
... all four of us! - and then before we knew it we were driving through the town of Abu Simbel!
We went in at about 8.30am and as we rounded the corner to see the great temple of Ramses II the sun was shining right on it, and the sky was blue and cloudless - it was totally perfect! We also arrived after most of the other tourists, so by the time we had looked around a bit they were all leaving and we had the temples to ourselves - it was bliss!
There were lots of ...