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... Unfortunately, many of the tombs were raided in antiquity (frequently by the workers - who were paid and organized strikes when their wages were withheld - or local governors) or by subsequent explorers such as the ancient Greeks and Romans. We saw three tombs, all decorated with amazing colored paintings (all the colors original, never restored), one of which had been looted, another damaged by an earthquake. From there we went to Deir al-Medina, the ...
... Very beautiful, before, once again going for shisha and tea with Ali and meeting more of his lovely friends.
Ali's hospitality and commitment to making this holiday one we will never forget are boundless!
Today we had a nice late start. We went to Luxor museum which was fascinating but I would recommend staying clear of the gift shop. Even Dick Turpin wore a mask! After this we went to ACE which is an animal hospital. It was incredible to see ...
... br> Next is a visit to Karnak in the late afternoon. This site is a vast complex of extraordinary temples, pylons, obelisks and sanctuaries. The Lonely Planet referees to it as one of the most incredible sites in the country, so we decide we better check it out. And the site is fairly impressive which showcases the power and prestige of the pharaohs at over 2 square kms in size. The temples were considered the most important site in all of Egypt where ceremonies were held ...
... 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 ...
... family, and I promised to send him photos of our trip.
We had a quick hug goodbye and then we were off, onto the coach and down to the airport. Check-in was painless, apart from Jenny locking her e-ticket in her suitcase and having to wait at the back of the line while she found it!
The flight was uneventful - I slept most of the way - and before we knew it we were on the Piccadilly Line heading back into London.