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Travel Blogs from Luxor
Ok, the title says it all. Non-stop hassel from the locals for taxi, horse and cart, tours, hotels, food, souvenirs, felluca. But the sights were incredible!
... to see the pyramids. They are about a ten minute walk from the hotel, so we decided to stroll over. When we got there we were immediately asked by everyone if we wanted a tour, a camel, a horse, some Egyptian whiskey (which I'm still not sure if it is actually mint tea like they say or straight whiskey). We decided to go with one guide named Abdullah who seemed like a good guy but who can really tell. We sat in a little two person buggy ...
... for his hat, then for his sunglasses, and finally for his shoes. Ummmm no. He also asked us literally every minute “are you OK? Are you happy?” After a quick trip down to the Sphinx we were both suffering from heat stroke and it was time to return back to the city. The pyramids really lived up to our expectations—no easy feat. Back in Cairo near our hotel we enjoyed an incredible meal at a popular local restaurant—Koshary Abou Tarek. For $1.50 we enjoyed ...
... with lots of imagination poured into design
by the artists, obviously perfectionists. Saw half finished work (tombs were sealed asap after someone died – 70 days max for embalming & necessary rituals - therefore some were never completed) the original drawings in red were corrected in black by supervisors. There wasn’t much between the original and corrected outlines (mm at most) but it was extremely important to have each pharaoh look exactly the same – ...
... it was more of a miracle that I’m about to be reunited with a passport
that could easily have been lost to the graveyard of administrative chaos, or
that I managed to understand the interpreted pronunciation of my name, someone
grabs me by the hands and hoists me from my spot, one or two people giving me a
camaraderie ‘congratulations’ as I grab my papers, exercise our group’s newly
revised ‘every man for himself’ ...