Blogs from Luxor, Upper Egypt, Egypt, Africa


Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor March 4th 2020

Our leader Khaled keeps telling us that the next thing we do will be the best ever, and I keep wondering how that could be so. We got up early, had breakfast at 6, and left the Feluccas. We traveled by support boat to the dock where our bus was waiting. This bus driver’s name is Abraham. We are still traveling north, this time by bus. We stopped at the Temple Kom Ombo. It was originally an Egyptian city called Nubt, meaning City of Gold (not to be confused with the city north of Naqada that was also called Nubt/Ombos). Nubt is also known as Nubet or Nubyt (Nbyt). It became a Greek settlement during the Greco-Roman Period. The town's location on the url= read more
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 5th 2019

With our departure from Egypt approaching much too fast, our last day in Luxor had the third of my trip highlights, a visit to the Temple of Karnak. The granddaddy of all Egyptian temples, the one that was added on for over 2,000 years. The visit was bittersweet. It is without a doubt an awe inspiring sight, but it's also heartbreaking to see how much of it is damaged or entirely missing. After our visit I told Amr Hassan, our Tour Director, that I wanted a time machine, and I was sincere. To have seen this monument in its heyday must have been an incredible experience. The largest religious building ever made, the area of the sacred enclosure of Amun alone could hold ten average European cathedrals. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is ... read more
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 4th 2019

We decided on a second visit to the tombs....visiting the tomb chambers of Setnakht.... read more
The Inside
The Inside
The Inside

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 3rd 2019

The Valley of the Kings....The Tomb of Rameses 4... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 3rd 2019

Valley of the Kings..we visited the Tomb of Ramses III...... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 3rd 2019

Valley of the Kings- Tombs of Ramses V and Ramses V... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 1st 2019

We visited the Colossi of Memnon on our way to the Valley of the Kings... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 1st 2019

We took a tour with a tour leader from our Happy Land accomodation to visit various sites. We got picked up with a minibus and were part of a great group of travellers.... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor March 24th 2019

If you want to catch up there is an entry for the Pyramids. Didn't want to create too many emails. Our tour has taken us to Alexandria where we visited the National Museum, the Catacombs, the New Alexandria Library, before moving to El Alamein to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery including the grave of the youngest Australian soldier buried there. He was 16. There are 7367 graves here. We returned to Cairo for a visit to the Egyptian museum which deserves it's own post. (if I get time). Then to Luxor. KARNAK TEMPLE AND LUXOR TEMPLE Everything about the Karnak Temple is huge. The site covers 2km and is large enough to contain 10 cathedrals. Karna was the most important place of worship in Egypt during the New Kingdom. Construction began in the 16th century and ... read more
Great temple of Amun
gate of Karnak

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor February 8th 2019

At Luxor railway station we bargain with a taxi driver for a “good price” for the short ride to our hotel. Good for whom? The taxi is a battered old Peugeot 204, perhaps 50 years old? The door locks don't really work; the boot is held open with a stick; the speedo is stuck on zero. But it gets us to the illustrious Winter Palace Hotel, or rather its newer and cheaper Pavilion wing. Our room overlooks the wonderful gardens. The Winter Palace Hotel has always been the place to stay and everybody has – from Lady Di to Richard Gere. In 1923, Howard Carter used the hotel's imposing staircase as his podium to announce to the world’s press that he had, at last, found Tutankamun's tomb. The Nile is wide here and a local ferry, ... read more
Howard Carter's study
Tomb wall paintings
Nile ferry

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