Ancient Thebes

Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
Trip End Jun 24, 2006

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Miles travelled: 10283

We're in Luxor, which is the location of many of the royal tombs, including the famous King Tut. We've spent the last few days on a Nile river cruise, stopping at Kom Ombo and Edfu to view the temples there. Some of them are in amazing states of preservation, with bas relief, engravings, and full-color paintings still intact. We're starting to get a feel for the Egyptian history & mythology, but it's still hard to keep all the pharoahs and gods straight.

We got up at 4:30 am this morning to get to the Valley of the Kings (by riding donkeys!) before it got too hot. The donkeys are pretty much on cruise control -- no matter what you do or say, they will go at whatever speed and direction they want to. Fortunately, they knew the way. Now we have a free day in Luxor to look at the museum, shop, eat, etc., before catching the night train back to Cairo. Then we're off to the Sinai desert to receive the Ten Commandments. (Not really, but we'll be climbing the mountain traditionally known as the place where they were given.)

We haven't told you about our traveling companions. We're with a group of 9, all Australian except for us. But there are also about 30 other people on various tours using the same company, where we've overlapped on the Nile cruise portion. All of our "mates" are talkative and fun, and we've enjoyed getting to know them. We had a dress-up party 2 nights ago where we donned traditional Egyptian garb.

Bye for now!
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