Sol Y Mar Dar El Madina
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- Drycleaning onsite
- Tennis Court
- Swimming pool
- Non-smoking rooms
- Wireless internet connection in room (surcharge)
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Today was our second day in Luxor and another early start as we had breakfast at 6 and were away from the hotel by about 7.15am to get to the Valley of the Kings before the temperatures got too fierce later in the day. We arrived about 8.45 and visited three of the tombs (Rameses 3,4 and 9 out of interest). No relics in there just the decoration and in one (no.4) the burial chamber. A really ...
We arrived in the Egyptian port of Safaga at about 4.30 am and had another very early start as we had to be on the road to Luxor by 7 am. It was a three and a half hour drive and showed Egypt to be to be quite a poor country with a standard of living well below what NZer's would consider usual or normal and presenting challenges that we couldn't contemplate from a lack of basic hygiene to donkeys for transport, to huge unemployment and a once thriving tourist ...
... was not discovered again until an American called Carter found it after 13 years of searching. He actually worked right above it but it had been well hidden. One of his workers found it accidentally! We board the bus for a half hour trip through Luxor to the Luxor Temple. It is a smallish city - again absolutely filthy with rubbish piled up everywhere. The traffic is busy and interspersed with people riding donkeys or in small carts pulled by donkeys. The temple is ...
... on the TV in the cabins. There is lots going on each day so no need to be bored. I think it will certainly be a lifetime trip with so many wonderful memories - and we haven't even reached Gallipoli yet! Once we reached Yemen in the Gulf of Aden we went onto the Red Sea. I was not expecting it to be so large! Really just like a large ocean. We finally saw a few ships heading up to the Suez etc. This was the windiest and roughest sea we have seen. And it's not ...
... red crown and was symbolized by papyrus and the cobra. Memphis was the first capital of unified Egypt -- and a unified white and red crown was worn by the Pharaohs that ruled it and it was symbolized by a sun disk with 2 wings and 2 cobras. The capital of unified Egypt was moved to Luxor about 2100 BC and stayed there until Alexander the Great built Alexandria around 300 BC.
Our first stop in Luxor was on the east side (the side for the living) of the Nile, Karnak ...