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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor November 6th 2005

Ah, Egypt, where the Nile flows north to Lower Egypt and we headed south upstream. We were confused too. We took a day train from Cairo to Luxor (9 hours for a whopping $6) to get a feel for the Nile Valley landscape. Egypt's geography is comprised of only 4% fertile land--mostly this narrow strip of palm trees and crop fields along the Nile through which the train tracks and the highway run. The remaining 96% is desert, broken by the occasional oasis. From the Nile we could almost always see sand dunes or barren rock in the distance--a reminder of the desolation that dominates the vast majority of the country. We rode past small villages of mud huts and thatched roofs, where women gathered along the river to wash pots, rugs, and colorful clothes. Every ... read more
Luxor Street Market
Carriage Driver Napping
Luxor Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor July 24th 2005

I'll tell you the facts as they were told to me, or as best as I can anyways, can't guarantee that they are correct though, as our tour guide tends to repeat himself at least 3 times and often with story corrections further more I also think that some of the details are a matter of opinion as you can hear different versions of the stories being told when you stand near the other tour guides.... so here goes.... Spent the next day cruising the Nile whilst I sun baked again all day before arriving at Luxor - The ancient city of Thebes, which has a population of about 500,000. As we arrived we took a brief tour and you see all of the farming land and donkeys and sheep roaming around the streets. We visited ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor June 24th 2005

David and I went to Luxor, Egypt for a week away to the heat and sunshine. And HOT it was - and the sun never stopped shining! We managed to pack in quite a lot during the week, lazing round the pool as well as a balloon flight over the river Nile, a trip into the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile (see Thebes Travelblog entry) and visits to Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum. The Luxor Museum was much smaller than the museum in Cairo - but more manageable and well laid out and labelled. There were chariots and bows and arrows from Tutankamun's tomb, a couple of mummies, one still with hair, and lots of great statues and figures. We walked along ... read more
Luxor Temple, from the avenue of Sphinxes
Luxor Temple from the cornishe at night
The entrance to Luxor Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor October 2nd 2004

Our river tour came to an end at Luxor. Really cool lighting for our tour. We got there before sunset and left after dark. Best time. Pics tell all. ... read more
Sunset at Luxor
Temple after sunset
Temple after sunset

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor December 21st 2002

On the west bank of Luxor, passed the lush fertile flood plain is a range of scorched craggy hills that capture the hottest rays of the sun and bakes the place like an oven. This is the area known as the Valley of the Kings - the world's most famous burial ground. In the neighbouring valleys are the equally barren Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Nobles. For three days I ignored the withering heat and hiked around these valleys and clambered into dusty and humid tombs still wearing the paint that vividly portrays a vanished civilisation. The Valley of the Kings was particularly enjoyable. Seeing the final resting places of names that are etched in history was just wonderful. I derived great pleasure from deciphering the hieroglyphic cartouches of the Pharaohs, and interpreting ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor September 23rd 2002

Karnak is a place that is hard to describe. Huge. Grand. Visually astounding. Its a massive complex (over 100 acres all up, but you only look at a part of it) which you enter down a short avenue of sphinxes with rams heads and 'holding' statues of Ramses II - remember that avenue of sphinxes from Luxor temple? This is the other end. The further you go in the "main" part, the bigger things get, more and more grand. The columns in the hypostyle hall are awesome, huge round decorated pillars, all the walls have a different story to tell, of battles fought and always won. Even our photos, and we took a lot! wont do the place justice. The main part of the complex is the Precinct of Amun (almost 62 acres!) The most impressive ... read more
Ram headed sphinxes with statues of Ramses II
Bubastite Portal
Inside the Great Hypostyle Hall

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor September 22nd 2002

The tour we were booked on this morning didnt turn up. After hassling the guy in the hostel for a bit - he wasnt bothered that we had paid already! - he spoke to someone on the phone then wandered into the street and flagged down the first passing minibus full of tourists. This he claimed was our tour, but... still, it was going where we wanted to go. We drove about 7km from Luxor until we reached a bridge over the Nile. Then of course, we had to drive all the way back again as the tombs we were going to are pretty much across from Karnak. We went to the Valley of the Queens first, a bit of a misnomer as there are not only Queens buried here but also high officials and royal ... read more
Further up the Valley of the Kings, Thebes
Inside the Tomb of Ramses IV
Tomb of Ramses III

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor September 22nd 2002

There is so much to see and do around Luxor, and we took so many photos, that we are going to try and write a separate entry for each place ie Luxor Temple, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens... So here goes, our first day in Luxor... The train ride down wasnt anything special. When we got the tickets we asked for two seats next to each other, but the tickets came back with two seat numbers no where near each other. We questioned this and we assured that they were right next to each other, several times as we did keep asking! So what happened when we got on the train, yup, we were at either end of the carriage. At least we were in the same carriage. Luckily we managed to ... read more
Avenue of Sphinxes
Gateway to Luxor Temple
Main gateway

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor September 11th 2002

What can i say about egypt. Absolutely awesome... I loved Luxor. Again the culture of the place has alot to do with why i loved it so much. The way in which the people are so diffrent, transport the things they eat, the houses etc. The temperature was right up their. I couldnt lie beside the pool for even 3mins it was like a river of sweat running of me, and my feel were getting scoulded on the stones. Anyway the forst few days we just relazed in the hilton hotel we were staying at. The 3rd day my brother and I decided to adventure into town in taxi, WHAT A EXPERIENCE THAT WAS !!. Once we had survived the crazy taxi ride and bartered with the taxi driver, we ended up locked in a shop ... read more
Cool egyptian boat
Palace remains
Velley of the kings

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor July 10th 2001

We got another early wake up call. This time it was 5am. We crossed The Nile, and got fitted to our donkey's on the other side. The took us to The Valley of the Kings. The donkey ride was by far the best thing I have done whilst being in Egypt. I couldn't get the smile off my face. The Valley of the Kings was really big. Quite hard to walk around I found, as by 9.30am, it was so hot that we had all consumed a large amount of water each. We climbed up the side of a mountain to get a nice view, and met the donkey's at the top. After walking our donkey's along the top of the mountain for a while, we got a nice view of Queen Hatseheptsut's Temple. I wanted ... read more
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Queen Hatsheptsut's Temple
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