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The queen nobody really wants to meet.
One of the trips we took was to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. And what a lady she turned out to be! This is all according to the Egyptologist guide we had, and I have no reason to doubt him at all. So now I want to see if you to keep up with this.
Once upon a time (in a land far away, and a long long time ago) the Pharaoh of Egypt married. And in due course, he and his wife had a son, (a lovely ...
... stayed on this side of the Nile here, but I will for all my future trips. It’s so much more relaxed. There’s water trickling into a pool, frogs jumping across a path, and the cheers of children playing football in a nearby field. Bliss!
You can’t walk 5 steps on the east bank without getting harassed by men wanting to take you on a boat ride, felucca ride (a traditional Nile sailboat), in a horse ...
... and went for dinner. Since it was an Egyptian themed dress up all the food was Egyptian too. Delicious. Good thing I turned up for dinner. Hassan had obviously had a word with the crew as all of a sudden there was processional music playing and a cake being brought our way! Everyone clapped and laughed. There was also a crew member filming it (I think they put together a video of the cruise that you can buy at the end). We had to pose like we ...
... lunch and dinner would be provided by the tour company on this day), as a consolation prize we would be given a free lunch at a restaurant on the banks of the Nile as a pre-birthday present for me. We were thus deposited at a quaint restaurant and invited to be seated in a leafy outdoor seating area. It was very rustic. A man came out with a floor fan and long electrical cord, which he plugged in to help with air circulation. It was very hot, even in the shade. The table and benches ...
... and avid Egyptians, and had the opportunity to sit down with them while watching the official decision of who is Egypt's new president.
Activities that I took part in:
1. Luxor Temple
2. Karnak Temple
3. Hatshepsut Temple
4. Ramses III Temple
5. Valley of the Kings
6. Air Balloon ride over Luxor and Nile River
7. Nile River sailing to Banana Island