Nubian Oasis Hotel
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... they face right you read from the right, and always from top to bottom. We wandered around the ruins of the ancient temple, through giant pillars, obelisks, massive sphinxes and all sorts of cool looking things. We were pretty wrecked by the time Sam finished his tour so we wandered slowly back to the entrance, taking some photos along the way. As we walked out there was a poor dog lying in a tiny bit of shade who looked like it was almost dead! It had an infected eye too the ...
... most pharaohs want their names and deeds to appear for posterity. That explains why it takes 2000 years to complete. Some thirty pharaohs contribute to the buildings there. The construction begins during the Middle Kingdom and does not end until the Ptolemaic era.
A famous part of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall with 134 massive columns. These columns are arranged in 16 rows that once supported a huge roof. We see the magnificent statues of Ramses ...
Today was Jen Wood's birthday, so we gave her a card and I gave her the ashtray I had bought her at Cairo airport, plus the jar of pineapple jam I had asked Ticketyboo to get me when he was visiting home yesterday - she was so surprised and said 'How did you get this?' so I told her 'I have special friends in the right places!' Ticketyboo was grinning from ear to ear and he was really pleased that he had helped in our surprise!
No time to relax and celebrate, as ...
... We chose a Ramses tomb and two others. All had magnificent hieroglyphics still vividly displayed on the walls and large granite or sandstone sarcophagi still in the original positions. Delving around in peoples tombs was a bit creepy but well worth the visit.
We left the Valley of the Kings after about 2 hours and boarded the bus to take us to the Temple of Hatshepsut or hot chicken soup as Momo called it. Hatshepsut was the ...