Nubian Oasis Hotel
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... Tutankhamun as well as obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmosis I.
The columns are huge. If I extend my arms, it would take four of me to reach around the circumference of a column. The columns are constructed like a stack of pancakes. The stone is cut in circles at the quarry and layered one stone on top of the next at the temple. No mortar is used. Every stone fits perfectly. My question is how did they build the columns so high?
... mid afternoon and started unpacking immediately. I sat down after putting some washing on and couldn't believe that our trip, which we had planned forever, and waited for for over two years, had now been and gone. I looked through my 989 photos and couldn't believe that we had only been away 10 days. We had seen so much, the weather had been warm and the people even warmer. We met so many lovely people - our guides Ayman and ...
... painted saints and Coptic messages are still visible. Karnak temple was amazing, so big with over a hundred ridiculously think tall columns. The temple seemed to stretch on forever it was impossible to see everything, we saw the main halls and the sacred lake then were given some free time, I raced off to see the avenue of the sphinx only to find it shut off for renovation. I was shattered when I looked at the nearby map and saw that for once I was actually in the ...
... it doesn't look like it will reach the forecast 37 degrees.
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 ...