Valley of the Kings

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Our tour guide picked us up from the hotel at 8AM and we went again today to the Valley of the Kings.

Today our first stop was at the Habu Temple.  We were so impressed with the quality of detail as well as colors that still remainded at this temple after thousands of years.  This was the Temple of Ramesses III, an important New Kingdom period structure in the location of the same name on the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt. Aside from its size and architectural and artistic importance, the temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent and defeat of the Sea Peoples during the reign of Ramesses III.   He was the second Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty and is considered to be the last great New Kingdom king to wield any substantial authority over Egypt. He was the son of Setnakht and Queen Tiy-merenese. Ramesses III is believed to have reigned from March 1186 to April 1155 BC. 

Our next stop was at the Valley of the Artists.  Yesterday we visited the tombs of the kings, but this was the location for the artists and scribes.  These were the people that decorated the inside of all the tombs.  Here we viewed the ruins of their homes and nearby ruins.  Diana and I were able to visit inside two tombs.  Both were much much smaller than the tombs of the kings, but the color decorations inside were still beautiful and well preserved. 

Next our guide took us to a stone factory to see how they manufacture pottery and statues from stone.

Then we drove back to next to the Luxor Temple.  From here Diana and I took a walk through a market.  Once again it was constant harrasment.  It was so funny to me at how the salespoeple walk right up to you, block you path for walking and tell you to come see their shop with "no hassle."  Regardless it was still fun to see all that was for sale. There were some interesting spice shops with all different colors of spices I could not recognize.

After our guide took us to another shop for jewlery.  Here I purchased a bracelet for myself and one for Bram that had our names written in Egyptian hieroglyphics.  We also visited a market in Luxor.

Around 2:30PM Diana and I walked around and stolled into the Isis Hotel.  Here we enjoyed a meal at a Lebanese restaurant.  Then we walked out to the pool area and relaxed outside in a shaded area on a sofa and enjoyed a smoke from the hooka.  It was a very relaxing afternoon.

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