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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor May 26th 2015

Woke up at 3:20AM for the hot air balloon. I managed to shower and brush my teeth before heading down to reception. 17 of us would be on this hot air balloon ride. The few of us who opted out had already taken a balloon ride at other places such as Turkey. We piled into a van and took it down to the river where we boarded a boat that took us to the west side of the Nile. A fun fact, all the temples and tombs are on the west bank of the Nile as it symbolizes the end of life because the sun sets in the west. We boarded another van on the west side of the Nile and made our way to a field where 5 or 6 balloons were being inflated. Our ... read more
On the riverboat

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor May 25th 2015

Woke up early and tried not to wake up my roommate who had gotten back just 2 hours before. I went down to the hotel lobby and saw the mentally disturbed lady was still there interacting with some children. She was still locked in and would be leaving that day. I am honestly not sure why her family would just leave her at the hotel. I found out that fact from the hotel staff. I sat at a table and typed out my blog for the day and let people back home that I was doing alright. After this I went out to the beach and stepped into the Red sea for the first time. After that I went to breakfast. I sat with Carey and we talked about the events of last night. Everyone had ... read more
Festival Jardins

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor May 3rd 2013

From Cairo, we flew on Air Memphis to Luxor (Thebes). We arrived at our hotel and then proceeded to the Karnak Temple. It is a vast open air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. Karnak is from the era of Ramses II in 1391-1351 B.C. It is located on the West Bank of the Nile River and consists of three distinct sections. The Precinct of Montu (son of Amun-Re and Mut) near the front. The Precinct of Amun-Re in the center and the Precinct of Mut (the wife of Amun-Re) near the Sacred Lake (used by priests for purification). On a frieze there are many battle scenes and many sections of sandstone with very clear images of ancient characters. After the Temple of Karnak, we proceeded to the Luxor Temple. It was ... read more
Giant Obelisk
Tim standing in front of Amon-Re
Entrance to Karnack Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor April 23rd 2013

Luxor for me was a city of highs and lows. We started out our second day in the city by riding donkeys from the river to the Valley of the Kings. It was a neat way to get from point A to point B. The donkeys were cute and a bit sassy as donkeys tend to be. Mine was fairly well behaved and obedient for the most part. It had a tendency to follow the other donkeys very closely so I had to keep pulling it back to give the others some space. Eventually though, I kind of stopped caring and let it do what it wanted. What it wanted was to bite one of the other donkeys on the ass! We were following one of the other girls fairly closely and all of a sudden ... read more
in the tombs

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor April 23rd 2013

After the rush of our first couple of days in Egypt we slowed it down a bit and spent some time floating down the Nile on a felucca. The weather was perfect for it! Not too hot with a bit of a breeze and bright sunshine in a deep blue sky. We cheated a bit and had a second boat with some facilities meet us as designated spots for lunch and supper. It was a luxury that we all appreciated! The boat ride was a good opportunity for us to chat and get to know each other better, and to just sit back and watch the scenery go by. Or nap. Whichever. I can't say that a lot happened on the boat, but it was nice. Feluccas aren't allowed to sail after dark, so in the ... read more
the other felucca

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor April 17th 2013

We got a 'sleep in' Expat style today – 7am wake up call! But we were asleep by 10.30pm last night so had a good solid sleep. We got up, changed and headed down to breakie which was good. We both had fruit, croissant and an omelette so filled up nicely. We then headed off the boat and we had docked overnight in Edfu. The first thing we noticed – it stunk like horse crap! And sure enough there were horse and carriages everywhere. We got on one in groups of 4 and they took us on a 'city tour' of Edfu and we got told a total of "here is the hospital, here is the school, here is the market." We were hoping to god we didnt get sick in Edfu as the hospital looked ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor January 19th 2013

This morning we had a very early flight south to Luxor which is situated in Upper Egypt. For some reason the idea that Upper Egypt is south from Cairo seems illogical. Unlike most, if not all, rivers in Europe, the Nile flows from South to North rather than North to South. Therefore the part of Egypt that is upstream is Upper Egypt. We had to meet Amal at 6.30am in the foyer of the hotel. Le Meridien's breakfast buffet is open from 3.00am each morning so we were able to have a quick breakfast before our departure for the airport. After a very short flight with Egypt Air we landed in Luxor. Once again we had a Bunnik's representative to meet us and assist us with our luggage. He escorted us out to the minibus where ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor November 14th 2012

I awake with the sound and movement of the felucca moving off shore and heading towards the other side of the Nile. Ouch, why does it feel like my eye is all bung. Awesome I don't have a mirror so snap some photos of my face. Horrified! I see I have itchy bites on my eye and nose. My eye is swallown so much, it makes me sick. In complete sadness I put my head under my sleeping bag and nap again till we are close to the other side. I wake up tilly and tell her we are here. I grab my sunnies and put them on because I'm so embarrassed about my elephant face. We have breakfast and get changed. We snap a farewell photo with the crew and Tilly, Nadime and I hop ... read more
Kom Ombo Temple
Interesting Hyrogliphixs
Croc Museum

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 28th 2012

Luxor: Friday, Oct 19 Remember that oh-oh. First the completely bloated feeling at midnight, then the pain and murmurs as I tried to sleep and hope this would pass. On our way home from the restaurant I remember momentarily wishing I was one of those people who could vomit at will since I was so full and had really overindulged. Be careful what you wish for. It happened within minutes that I was in the washroom from 12:30 until 3:30 emptying my body from all directions. From shivering cold to baking hot. And guess what, in only 4 hours we catch a flight to Luxor!!! I tried Imodium but it just came right back up. At 4 I finally fell asleep until our 5 am wake-up call. At breakfast I only had ... read more
heating up
We're aloft
holds up to 38 people

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 24th 2012

Hello, Since the last bog we headed back to Cairo by sweaty non ac desert bus to Alexandria then the train to Cairo, we then tried to push on to get tickets for the night train south to Luxor / Aswan but failed miserably after two hours of queuing an being redirected from no less than 6 windows. We gave up, having been on the road for 16 hours we decided to cut and run so with brows gritty and sweaty and tempers slightly frayed we escaped to the lovely old fashioned pension Roma for some much needed kip. Next day we headed to the Pyramids early, it was a nice place to be and I think we both thought them bigger that we expected. We wandered aimlessly in the cool of the morning as the ... read more
The medium sized pyramid
Cafe time
Odd one out

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