Well Dennis, today is a scorcher mate, and we are headed to Abu Simbel. Francine and Angie are the only 2 on the trip that have paid extra to fly instead of the 6 hour round-trip by guarded convoy. Our driver to the airport will also take us to the Aswan Dam ( built 1960) prior to the flight. The Dam is the largest in Africa and created Nassar Lake that is 500 miles in length. Many ancient temples had to be moved and some of the smaller ones were flooded when the dam was complete. The dam creates the electricity and irrigation for all of Egypt. The bridge is guarded by the Egyptian Army and not by police. The Nile was specifically narrowed at this point in order to control the water and to build the dam. The dam is 2 mile long from the top of the dam.
Our flight was only 40 min. and totally packed. We met a couple and their son and daughter in law on the plane and toured the area with them. There were Canadians from Toronto, living and working in Damascus Syria. So we learned a little about what to
ARRIVING AT ABU SIMBEL
The statues are enormous
expect in Syria and that was welcomed as this was a country that were a little leery about. We were told that Syria is wonderful and there is nothing to fear and we would be safer there than in Cairo.
There are actually 2 temples here and they were visible from the airplane when landing but seeing it up close was amazing to see the size and splendor of one of the most magnificent monuments in the world. The temples were actually moved because of the dam. It was moved 60 up the sandstone mountain from 1964- l968. That it self matches the original construction as a feat of engineering.
The temples are over 3000 year old. The temples are dedicated to Rames II and his wife, Nefertari. It was not touched by others and was not discovered until 1817.
The rays of the sunlight still penetrate the Holy of Holies deep in the rock of the main temple on the same 2 days of the year. Feb. 22the kings birthday and Oct. 22 his coronation date.
The flight back is smooth and we are very hot and tired. The temperature was was 43+C and about 105F.
FRONT OF RAMSES II TEMPLE
Can you spot how tiny Angie is to the left
Even with dry heat it is very uncomfortable with hot dry winds blowing that do nothing to cool you.
Our next stop is to the Philae Temples just 8 km south of Aswan. This temple was reconstructed on the island of Agilika Island. (angelica island). This temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis. Also on this island are various shrines and sanctuaries added in different eras.
Egyptain pizza for dinner and pastries for dessert. WHOOPIE!!!
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