New Pola Hotel Luxor
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... There was a trail leading from Karmak Temple to Luxor
temple, known as the Avenue of Sphinxes, which was 3 kilometers long, and was
originally fully lined with baby sphinx statues.
Luxor Temple was our last stop for the day. Here we got to
see some hieroglyphics of hermaphrodites, combining the strengths of both men
and women. Tutankhamen did have a few smaller statues in this complex. Most of
the large statues were of Ramses II. Amenhotep ...
... to the crocodile god Sobek and falcon god Horus. We got to see mummified crocodiles... which reminded me of the time I ate one in Kenya. Good times. Temple number two: Karnak Temple of Amun- This incomplete complex was known as "the most perfect of places" to ancient Egyptians. The coolest thing was learning about the obelisks which are made from one stone. Yup. One very, very, very tall stone. Which means, if it cracked while erecting the obelisk, ...
Tonight I fulfilled a life goal I've had since earlier this week. I ate some camel. Camel stew, in fact. It was delicious. It tastes like tender, slightly gamier beef. I'm salivating just thinking about it.
Once again it's late at night, I've got two days worth of recap and very little brain to spare for deep insights, so expect another generic blog post. We just saw the after party for an Egyptian wedding, complete with neon lights and ...
... so slow! It was fun riding through the streets of Luxor weaving through cars and vans and people, saying "good morning" to the locals. They all laugh, smile and wave. They really have been so welcoming. After this we boarded a 'kappout' or boxcar (essentially a modified one ton ute which has a box like cabin on the back where people sit - like a military truck) to get the Valley of the Kings. It was getting hot even though it was still quite early. There is ...
... as it was religiously, however, Thebes was not usually the political capital of the united country (Upper and Lower Egypt). But it became the most important of all the ritual sites in Egypt from the period of the New Kingdom in the middle of the 2nd millennium BCE through the rule of the Ptolemies near the end of antiquity.
Writing 2100 years ago, the Roman author Diodorus Siculus wrote of the Amun-Ra temple at Thebes, “This scale ...