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This was our first experience in the country of Egypt. Our tour today was to see the Temples of Karnack and Luxor. The sun was shining and it was going to be a hot one of 104 degrees.
Our first impression was the Port of Safaga where our shipped was docked. It was a bit run down and we noticed that buildings were not complete. We had a three hour drive to Luxor through the desert. At first the mountains were very large ...
... area for pharaohs of the Old Kingdom, the Great Pharaohs of the New Kingdom (1539 to 1075 BC) preferred to be buried in the barren hills of the West Bank across the Nile from Thebes (Luxor).
In the Valley of the Kings, sixty two tombs were found prior to 1922 when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of boy king Tutankhamen. The next tomb would not be found until 2005. To say the terrain in the Valley of the Kings is rugged would be a ...
... by a quay built by Marcus Aurelius. Rania told us all about the temple, inparticular the hypostyle hall with a roof held aloft by 24 huge pillars. The colours remaining on the frescos was amazing considering the age of the building. We had some time to look around both inside and out, and then we wandered back to the SS Misr.
We set sail just before lunch, to make our way to Kom Ombo. Lunch was another delicious buffet where we got the chance to chat to ...
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I won't describe all the archaeological sites here, but they are all mind blowing and we marvel at this ancient civilization's abilities. Photographs do not do them justice. In any case we aren't allowed to take photos in any of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We only enter 3 tombs (max allowed) and marvel at the incredible clarity of the inscriptions ...