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... Nile for 22 miles. What??? I'm pretty sure I could walk faster than that in the amount of time it took us.
We were required to dock in order to eat and sleep and swim due to the cruises (let's be honest, there were like 3) and that whole not having an engine thing to get out of their way. Ha. Honestly, we probably spent more time docked than actually sailing. But it was so relaxing to be without technology and VERY good for me to ...
This morning I woke up on the boat with a great view!
We head off early to the Temple of Philae. This temple was moved as it was submerged in water from the floods.
Beautiful carvings!!! This is a small boat ride over to the island and worth a visit!
We jump on the Egypt Air flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. 25min flight on a smaller aircraft.
We arrive at Abu Simbel and walk along the path and down the hill.... There it is!!! ...
... drove on both sides of the road.
We arrived at Abu Simbel, one of (if not the only) southernmost ancient Egyptian temple site. It sits 20 km away from Sudan. Before the dam and the subsequent flooding, these lands technically were Nubia. Since the floods however, they have become part of Egypt. We walked around the paved path along the backside of a man-made gravel hill. As we rounded the corner, the view of the river opened up in front and to the left of us, and to the right, ...
... gold. (And more importantly, functional.) Once he was resurrected, Isis became pregnant again and begat Horus (the falcon god known for protection and strength).
The Philae Temple is probably one my favorite temples from the whole trip. It might be because it's so isolated, it might be because we visited with almost no other tourists, or might be because it was the first temple we saw that was intact structurally with colorful wall decorations.... whatever it ...
... onto our small Felucca boat for a sail around the large Nile harbour. It was lovely and our Egyptian driver was very talented and had obviously been sailing for a long time. It was a beautiful sunny day - around 30 degrees but nice and cool under the shade of the felucca sail.
After that we went and sat in a local cafe...boy this was very local. All the men sitting around smoking sheishas and drinking coffee, with a VERY LOUD one hour ...