We were all awake very early the next morning (around 5.30am) due to our early night last night. Breakfast was served and then Tim got a lift back to the truck and drove to meet us. Then we were on our way to Luxor.
On the way we stopped at the town of Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris. It is supposed to be the most completely preserved temple in Egypt and dates back thousands of years.
We arrived in Luxor in the late afternoon for a 3 night stay.
On 5th April we left at 6am to visit the Valley of the Kings where we visited 3 tombs, also dating back thousands of years. No photos allowed there unfortunately. After this we visited the Temple of Hatshepsut, the female Pharaoh, and then the Colossi of Memnon - one extra statue has been restored since we were here last in 2010, we have noticed quite a few changes in the archeological sites. For lunch we stopped at a restaurant for an Egyptian buffet which was delicious, then took a boat back across the Nile to our hotel.
On 6th April we had an early morning visit to Karnak Temple, very beautiful building dating back several thousand years. We visited this temple in 2010 and found it stunning back then too, with all its carved pillars and walls. Later on that day two of us visited the Mummification Museum to learn more about this ancient art. It's only a small museum but full of interesting exhibits. Lunch followed - baba ganoush and hommus with cold hibiscus juice - then it was off to the Luxor Temple which joins Karnak with an avenue of rams. This avenue is currently being restored and will be quite a sight when finished.
We spent a pleasant few hours at Luxor Temple then caught a taxi back to our hotel as we were going on a boat trip to Banana Island at 3pm. Banana Island turned out to not be an island, just a banana plantation on the other side of the river, but it was a very pleasant trip anyway - and we got to sample the bananas too, and see their crocodiles which are kept in an enclosure.
On the road again tomorrow for a three night stop in a resort on the Red Sea - I'm looking forward to this!