Marhaba Palace Hotel
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... Filled with more huge statues of Rameses, ancient carvings, hieroglyphs and sculptures, a lot of them still with the original colours still painted on them. One massive wall was filled with the first ever peace treaty between the Hittites and the Egyptians. It was just insanely beautiful! And so well preserved considering how old it was! We got some sneaky photos without flash (photos are forbidden inside the temple as the flash ruins the colours that remain ...
... name that went halfway across the board, and Darren had to copy the whole thing! Hilarious! When we finished class we thanked the teacher and headed out. Ramzy showed us where we would be meeting, then we went for a walk through the markets. We got hassled by everyone! My favourites were the ones saying "No hassle, no hassle!" who were the worst for hassling! It ended up being a considerably short trip through the markets as we were all a bit tired and couldn't deal with too ...
... tied above our heads for shade. We had brought the Heskies, with large blocks of ice in them, for cool drinks. We met a Kiwi - Andrew - who had met the TransNile people between Abu Hamed and Wadi Halfa. He joined us under our shade. He is cycling from Cape Town to Cairo, then planning to cycle across the Middle East & Iran into the former Soviet Union, across to Alaska, and then down North, Central and South America! Just after sunset we passed Abu Simbel, ...
... down, we tried to get some sleep on the deck. Fortunately the water was glassy calm. With the desert in the background and a full moon reflecting off the lake, the view from deck was spectacular. For the most part it was an uneventful night, except a trip to the bathroom where every step was inches away from stepping on a sleeping person.
In the morning we got to our destination around 10:00 am, 22 hours after setting ...
... on. It was massive, this one single block was 42 meters long and 1,200 tons.
We returned to the cruiser before lunch and had lots of free time. We sat on the sun deck, had lunch, had naps and tried to catch up on the blog, but their internet connection would not work to sync the notes from my iPad.
Later in the afternoon Bill and I decided to walk through the market that was a few blocks from the boat. It was really good and not ...
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