Valley of the Kings and Queens

Trip Start Dec 09, 2005
Trip End Jan 01, 2006

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Flag of Egypt  , Qinā,
Friday, December 23, 2005

December 22, 2005: The city of Qena is quite clean - one of the three cleanest cities in the entire world, according to our tour guide. We took a short bus tour around the city and the tour guide explained that this area is going to be one of the major stops for tourists within the next few years due to the change of attitude of the city's residents and how they're becoming more accepting of tourists. Back to the ship, we lounged on the sun deck, had a glass of wine, and reminisced about our trip thus far, and enjoyed the slow cruise back to Luxor.

Back in Luxor today we visited up close and personal the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, starkly different from the aerial view we witnessed a few days ago on the hot air balloon ride. We took a bus ride back over to the west bank this time. Why did we come to this dusty place on such a hot day? Nestled in the dry hillside were over 80 holes in the ground designated as tombs for the ancient Egyptian kings. We only visited three, and were surprised at how detailed and colorful the markings were after so many years. The paint used to color the hieroglyphs still looked as vivid as if it was painted just a few days ago - and secretly I wondered if that was true. I wanted to touch it just to make sure, but the Plexiglas prevented me from doing so. Good thing, because later I found out that someone had done that years ago and landed in jail for a day.

From there we went to the Valley of the Queens, a similar site devoted to other Egyptian rulers. Here we visited only two tombs. Impressive, yes. But by then I was ready for lunch and wanted to find the nearest Internet café so we could load up the past few days of journal entries. We're still learning the best way to do this, and I'm convinced that the best way is to type the entries on my laptop and save them to my memory stick, then find an inexpensive Internet café (which we found for only 10 Egyptian pounds - roughly $2 - per hour) and upload the entries to the travelpod. That worked pretty well. After four hours of banging away, we loaded up four journals and several photos.

Afterwards we decided to visit one final temple - Luxor Temple. It was nice to see such a monument illuminated at night. It created a surreal feeling to see the edifice shrouded in golden lights. It seemed mysterious and ominous amid the dark sky and the moonlight. This was a memorable finale to our Nile River cruise to the southern part of Egypt. And would you believe it, we left the camera in our stateroom thinking we would go back to retrieve it after using the Internet café. But because we spent four hours at the café, we didn't have time to pick up the camera before heading over to Luxor Temple, so you'll have to come see this one for yourself. And by the way, it looks nothing like the one in Las Vegas.
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Re: Oh No
Girl, isn't that a shame. We sure did leave the camera behind. But not to worry, there were some nice folks who offered to take pictures for us and email them to us. So as soon as we get them we will upload and let you know.

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