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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 3rd 2016

So, after I left you last night, we were on the sleeper train heading to Luxor. The train was pretty comfortable and it was an enjoyable trip. Breakfast was served about 5 am, which consisted of several different buns/pastries and jam, and coffee or tea. It wasn't a great breakfast but it was fine. I used my silk sleeping sheets that I got in Vietnam last night, which worked really well. We watched the sun rise as we were arrived in Luxor. The scenery as we arrived was quite pretty with lots of palm trees around, and brown hills in the distance. There were some homeless-looking people sleeping in the train station. We saw another train boarding as we arrived, and I'm sure glad we weren't on that train. It looked in pretty poor shape and ... read more
Dinner on the train
Basin area
Susan in the top bunk

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor March 17th 2016

Well this balloon tour was pretty sweet! Just before sunrise about 12 of us climbed into the basket while a huge flame was blazing away. Didn’t really have time to get second thoughts about lifting off to a million miles above the earth and away we went! Climbing higher and higher I realized we were the first balloon (of about 7 total) to reach cruising altitude and I think that was maybe the coolest part: getting to be in the air while the other balloons were ascending. Fun! The other possible coolest part was traveling over a small body of water and seeing the reflection of the balloon in it. Noice. That’s about all for this post. Im excited to start vacation tomorrow. Im tired and definitely a bit travel weary…so im happy not ... read more
hot stuff!

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor March 16th 2016

Surprise surprise the French girls are here!!! This hotel has good wifi toooooo… Things are cool again….despite the shitty shitty tour its over now. I got three days to do nothing in Luxor before I start my vacation and I am sooooo looking forward to it J I did wind up going to the Luxor museum as well as the mummification museum. Both pretty interesting. Peeps say the Luxor museum is better than the Cairo one buuuuut idk…there are way way way more things in Cairo but Luxor has better quality items with more time and space devoted to them. So it’s a toss-up. The mummy museum was one room giving all the details on how to mummy. Lol I like museums!!! I also went to an old souk (market) to get harassed by everyone. That ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor February 24th 2016

Now, please don’t get worried it is just a title; nothing has been ruined on this trip (yet). Luxor is full of ruins, temples, monuments, tombs and more ruined stuff than one can imagine. It is an amazing place and we did more than I think any of us expected to do. After a wonderful night’s sleep in a bed with sheets, in a building with plumbing no less, we had a leisurely breakfast and coffee while enjoying the view over the Nile. Ragab met us in the lobby and we piled into the van in our same seating arrangement before setting off for our morning in ruins. Our first stop was the Valley of the Kings where many of the famous tombs are located. Each visitor is permitted to go into 3 separate tombs that ... read more
Sunrise over Luxor
Tomb Painting
Balloons over the Valley

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor December 5th 2015

We left the Keylany Hotel after another delicious rooftop terrace breakfast and departed Aswan on the local train ($6) to Luxor at 1000. The trip takes about 3 1/2 hrs, paralleling the beautiful shores of the Nile River and stopping at small charming villages along the way. We bought a pack of tissues from the cutest little girl about 6 years old wearing a hajab, who boarded the train by herself on one stop and departed on another. She went row by row somberly selling tissues until she came to us, and then she just beamed the most gorgeous smile. We insisted on her keeping the change left from our purchase, and she later showed up giving us a package of nutella filled croissants. She took a seat close by and watched us and smiled and ... read more
Our Favorite Restaurant
The Collosi of Memnon

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor November 22nd 2015

The Nile flows from south to north but the wind blows from the north to the south. This curiosity is what allowed Egypt's rulers to tie their kingdom together as transport in either direction was always feasible. If you were coming from the south you could just go with the flow and if you were heading to the south all you needed to do was unfurl your sails. Somehow we missed this factoid in our trip planning and did it all bass-ackwards. A while back we traveled with a couple from the UK who were all giddy about a Nile cruise that they had recently taken so we added it to our never ending bucket list. Our original plan after Turkey was to go to the Ukraine but when we checked the November weather reports we ... read more
Sarha In Sail
Our 'Luxury' Cruise Boat
Deserted Cruise Boat Sun Deck

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor November 19th 2015

We flew into Luxor at night. The city was a vast plain of little twinkling blue and yellow lights. The Nile cut through the middle like an inky black canyon. I asked a friendly Egyptian on the plane how much I should expect to pay for a taxi to the Sheraton hotel where we were booked for 4 nights. His name was Mohamed. He told me to follow him to the baggage area where we collected our two suitcases. Outside the nearly empty terminal we found a few men waiting on arriving relatives but not a single taxi. Mohamed led us to a beat to hell and back Corolla and talked with the driver. I asked Mohamed how much the fare was and he told me not to worry about it as the driver was his ... read more
KJ and Amin
The High Aswan Dam
Abto, Amin and Mike

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

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