Friday, January 21
|Hiking from Valley of the Kings to Hatshepsut|
Breakfast at Beit Sabee was really good. It's always a treat to get eggs cooked to order! Today we toured the west bank of Luxor - Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, the Collosi of Memnom and the Valley of the Nobles. See post: Tomb Raiders. We went to Moon Valley for lunch, and had a really good vegetarian dinner at the hotel where we met one of the owners.
Saturday, January 22
Esna, Egypt & Nile cruise
Sunday, January 23
|Dave's typical boating activity|
Today we visited Edfu Temple, which was really well preserved and was dedicated to the god Horus. Afterwards we had to walk through a bazaar. That night, after dinner, we watched Death on the Nile (the original one, not the remake starring Rachel McAdams).
Monday, January 24
|Village cow |
(wearing a blanket to beat the chill)
Today we visited an ancient sandstone quarry - it was really cool to see where the giant slabs of stone were hewn to make all the huge statues and monuments. We also visited the Speos of Hormheb, which was totally deserted except for us. That night we tied up on an island and Hassan took Dave and me on a walk to watch the sunset. We passed banana trees and lots of small huts with donkeys and cows grazing outside.
Tuesday, January 25
|Fresh Nile fish for lunch|
Wednesday, January 26
A very busy day in and around Aswan. In the morning we visited he Aswan High Dam, which was built in the 1950s and 60s and created the massive. Then we took a motorboat to Philae Temple, which had been moved from its original location which was eventually covered by Lake Nasser. After lunch, everyone except Dave (who stayed to relax) took another motorboat to the Kirschner Gardens (a botanical gardens with trees and plants from around the world) and then, much farther, to a Nubian Village. There, we had an Arabic lesson, had tea, held a crocodile and got henna'd on our hands. That night was the big farewell dinner with more singing and dancing.
Thursday, January 27
Aswan and Cairo, Egypt
|The long road to Abu Simbel|