Karnak and Luxor Temples,
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
18Trip End Dec 03, 2007
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Venturing into the temple itself, it is hard to comprehend just how massive this structure is. how grand it must have been in its heyday, the builders of these temples, were giants of their time.
Just to wander around the temple, looking at the heiroglyphs, amazed by the patience that it must have taken to make all of this, when I think of the crude tools that they had to work with, then it brings it a little into perspective, just how easy my own profession as a builder is these days.
After spending a couple of hours in the temple, it was time for our group to board the bus once again, oh horror of horrors, not the ubiquitous papyrus institute, overpriced kitch for tourists, albeit quite decorative enough, but frequent travellers patience must be wearing thin, over these visits on every trip
Fortunately, our tour rep, decided to take the tour to a pharmacy, (located behind Luxor Temple) where she encouraged everyone to buy Antinal, just in case of stomach upsets, seemingly this is the wonder cure for Pharohs Revenge. heavens knows what the poor girl behind the counter thought, when a whole bus load of tourists turn up and buys her entire stock. I think the place was called Pharm De Campenie, certainly a French name, so if you need any Antinal, then tell your taxi driver to take you there. If that is too difficult, contact me, we have 2 packets of it, we didn't need it at all.
We were off to Luxor temple later in the morning, it lacks a little in grandeur, compared to Karnak, it is still a majestic eddifice, what is apparent is the difference in styles, between Amenhotep 3 and Ramses 2, one did raised relief, the other bass relief, even so, it is almost surrealistic, just to be amidst so much evidence of history. Unbelievable.
Back onto the bus, the boat has made the trip from Luxor to Esna, thats where the locks are, should arrive around lunchtime, then we can take on some rays.
Not much for us as tourists to do in Esna, just take on some rays, wait your turn to pass through the locks
In Edfu, early in the morning, we once again embark onto the buses, after a 15 minute bus ride, we reach the temple, disembarking from the buses in the carpark, as you walk around the corner, you are confronted with a massive mud brick wall, walking a little further the pylon reveals itself.
To say it is breathtakingly beautiful, is an understatement, the heiroglyphs are in an excellent state of preservation. We were awestruck by the sheer immensity of the whole structure.
Two main drawbacks, the sheer amount of visitors arriving at the same time, there can be up to 100 cruise boats disgorging their passengers, it really makes it difficult to focus, as you must keep with your group, you are able to grasp a little of the sheer magnitude of the site, but due to the number of others crammed in at the same time, detracts from the experience
The other drawback. That is having to run the gauntlet of vendors and bazzaris upon exiting the temple. Some of them just don't seem to understand the word NO, or in Arabic La Shukran, or they choose to ignore it, when will they learn, if they gave people a little time to browse, without jumping in as soon as someone blinks, they would do a far better trade, as was to be proven much later. Still it is important to keep a calm exterior, even though deep down inside you are seething.
PHOTOS MARKED** are by Reijo Sirpoma, many thanks