Plenty of Hot Air in Luxor...
Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
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We met Captain Mohamed, our pilot and before we knew it, we were floating above Luxor looking down at the many temples we had seen days earlier by foot. This was truly magical! Again, we flogged our memory cards in our cameras and took some video along the way
We were transported back to our hotel at roughly 930am, and after a quick bite, we headed for the pub to celebrate. A few games of pool, and a couple of cold ones later, I decided I needed a haircut, and Pooja decided on a pedicure...tough life I know! My barber has to be in the Guinness World Records for the fastest cut in history...3 minutes, and I was booted out of the chair and on my way. It was mid afternoon, and a kip was in order...back to the hotel for some shut-eye!
We woke around 730pm and headed back to the Souk for some more banter with the locals. We met Omar (we actually first met him the day before) and we hung out with him and his friends for a while. I got a lesson in backgammon from the locals, before they invited us to their friends wedding party
We had one full day left in Luxor...our flight to Sharm El Sheikh wasn't til 1020pm, so we made the most of our hotel room til check-out. We hired a cab for 2 hours and he drove us to the West Bank to visit Ramsesseum Temple, the memorial temple dedicated to the great King Ramses II. It's not a highly visited site, unlike Karnak, Valley of the Kings / Queens etc...There were only 3 other tourists when we visited, so it was awesome to walk through it without the hoards of globe trekkers we'd been bumping shoulders since we arrived in Egypt.
Afterwards, we stopped by the Souk to bid farewell to our new Egyptian mates. We both got flogged by the local backgammon champ again, and drove to the airport. Sharm El Sheikh in less than an hour - time to kick up our feet, and chill out on the Red Sea for a few days.
'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes' - Marcel Proust.