Aswan and Nile Cruise

Trip Start Jun 18, 2010
Trip End Jun 26, 2010

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M/S Medea

Flag of Egypt  , Nile River Valley,
Monday, June 21, 2010

Our train pulled into the station in Aswan around 9am.  We first visited the high dam, which was built to regulate annual river flooding and provide storage of water for agriculture. It also generates hydroelectricity. 

We also visisted the Egyptian Russian Friendship Monument (the monument shaped like a lotus flower). 

Our last stop before boarding our Nile Cruise was the Unfinished Obelisk.  It is the largest known ancient obelisk, although the project was halted when cracks began to appear in the granite. If it had been finished it would have measured around 137 feet and weighed 1,200 tons. It has been speculated that it was intended to complement the Lataran obelisk which was originally at Karnak and now in Rome.

At lunchtime, we boarded our new home for the next three days....the M/S Medea.  Evidently our group had gotten an upgrade, which I was glad because this boat was beautiful.  Lunch was being served in the dining room so we ate, then had long overdue showers and relaxed. 

That afternoon was boarded a felucca that took us to the botanical gardens.  Afterwards we sailed the Nile and some went swimming off the boat.  I wasn't that brave!

That evening we watched a beautiful sunset over the Nile and after dinner we went to a perfume factory, where I bought a bottle of lotus flower essence (my favorite perfume to this day!).  Afterwards we went to the market for a short while before heading back to the boat.

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