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Oct 28, 2018 - Aswan area and Abu Simbel

Friday, October 26 Another bright sunny day in Aswan. I would guess that is the case most every day of the year in this near-desert community. The seasons vary by the length of the day and between hot and really hot, but not so much by rain. We got into a bus and headed south to visit the Philae Temple. This was the temple of Isis built about 300 BC. When the first Aswan dam was built, it was submerged about six months a year. Tourists would come and view the temple through the waters of the Nile. When they were building the new dam, UNESCO...

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Egypt 2018

Apr 13, 2016 - 30 March 2016 - Abu Simbel, Egypt

Due to a very long border crossing from Sudan into Egypt (3 hours 38 minutes), we just missed one ferry to Abu Simbel so had to wait for an hour or so for the next one to arrive. It was a very pleasant crossing and we enjoyed the trip, especially when we could see Ramses II's temple in the distance getting closer and closer. We first went to our hotel to drop off our bags, and a very nice hotel it is too. A bit luxurious for us, we're not used to this! We went off for a visit to Ramses II's temple and were surprised to find we were the only...

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Feb 5, 2016 - Abu Simbel

This promised to be a brutal day: 5:00 am departure by bus for the Aswan airport; 7:00 am departure by airplane for Abu Simbel; 11:00 am departure from Abu Simbel for Aswan; 2:00 pm departure by airplane for Cairo. And then arrival at The Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, where warm showers, thick terrycloth towels, and uninterrupted wi-fi awaited us. I sort of sleep-walked through the transfer to the Aswan airport and plane ride to Abu Simbel. Our group is very compatible, the many wise-cracks are funny and lighten our moods, and everyone tries...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Abu Simbel and Return to Cairo

Sept. 18-Abu Siebel and return to Cairo This was a whirlwind travel day. WE left the boat and got an early flight from the Aswan airport to Abu Simbel. WE were met there by a local tour guide and driver who took us through Abu Simbel to the temple. Abu Simbel is far south Egypt, almost to the border with Sudan. There is not much going on in the village except tourism related to the temple. And there isn’t much around there either. I’m going to steal from Wikipedia now to tell about the temples: The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock...

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Mar 25, 2012 - Egypt - Abu Simbel

20th March 2012 Abu Simbel An early 5.30am wakeup call got us up to breakfast before we boarded the plane in Aswan for a 45 min flight to Abu Simbel. These are possibly the most awe inspiring temples of all ancient Egypt. With its gigantic rock cut facade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses 11. Guarding the entrance to the temple, 4 colossal statues of Ramses 11 sat majestically staring out across the dessert. Our guide explained the amazing story of how the temples had been relocated in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972....

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Aug 2, 2011 - Day 5-Abu Simbel

We got on a shuttle bus to take us to the airport. Then a bunch of us ran to the ladies room. We boarded a coach bus which we shared with the Trafalgar group. We drove to a little food area and had to walk from there. The walk to the temples was hot and grueling. I felt like I was melting. So I joked around and prayed to Shu (the wind god) and at that moment a gust of wind hit my dress. The light breeze stayed with us.

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Dec 16, 2010 - Abu Simbel

@@@@@@@ Background After conquering Kadesh (Syria) Ramses II wanted to build a temple to the gods Ra-Horakhty, Amun and Ptah, but in the end, it appears to be more to extol his own strength and power. Begun in 1274 BC and taking thirty years to carve out of a mountain on the west bank of the Nile, 280 km south of Aswan, the resulting monument served as a warning to anyone entering his realm. The ever-shifting sands, and the Nile itself, resulted in the monument being lost in time, until by chance it was discovered by a young Swiss...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Abu Simbel

WOW!!!! What an amazing experience to visit this incredible Temple. Carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century B.C., it is composed of four colossal statues of Ramses II. Abu Simbel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the late 1960's, as the rising waters of Lake Nasser threatened to engulf the temples at Abu Simbel, UNESCO engineers cut them from the mountain in sections and reassembled them 213 ft above their original position. It was considered an amazing engineering feat of its time. Abu Simbel was truly one of the highlights...

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

Oct 12, 2010 - Aswan / Abu Simbel

The day started INCREDIBLY early with pick up from the hotel at 3:30am for most of us to catch a bus travelling in convoy to Abu Simbel. Initially wondering why I would want to go on such a thing it soon piqued my interest on the journey because we had to travel in a giant convoy / caravan because of historical issues where kidnapping etc occurred. What amazed me also was the amount of police checkpoints on the way through this barren desert and the amount of ambulance stations. Even though there were very few houses around. (Obviously they...

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Oct 6, 2010 - Aswan to Abu Simbel

Up at the obscenely early time of 0500 for 0600 pickup to fly Egypt air to Aswan then onto Abu Simbel. After conning the restaurant staff to let us in early for a quick breakfast (after they had just turned away the Japanese) we were whisked off to the airport for a most interesting experience. Driver takes you to airport, where you are handed over to an airport representative, who checks you in and hands you your ticket(and for this receives a tip) and points you in a general direction of where gate 31 is. We wander off idly chatting and...

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Feb 5, 2010 - Egypt: Abu Simbel to Aswan

Aswan has the feel of a small town, and the calm, lazy feel of life on the river Nile. Feluccas ply the Nile and do their best against the onslaught of big box cruise ships loaded down with 500 or more tourists. Aswan is a great place to relax, and continue learning about the ancient Egyptians. Elephantine Island, the center of trade in ivory from central Africa, is loaded with newly excavated temples from the middle kingdom (about 2000 BC). We are all starting to get the idea that ancient Egypt was pretty remarkable as compared to the...

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Dec 11, 2009 - Tour of Abu Simbel, Aswan Dam & the Ruins of Philae

8 p.m. already… As it is too cold tonight to sit comfortably at the rooftop restaurant of our hotel, I’m writing today’s entry from a table in the hotel lobby. Tonight is our last night in Aswan, as we begin our multi-day cruise down the Nile to Luxor tomorrow afternoon. As we woke up this morning shortly before 3 o’clock to participate in a tour far south of here to the ruins at Abu Simbel, I suspect I’ll be calling it a night shortly. Today begin as the front desk at our hotel gave us a wake up call at shortly before 3 a.m., and we...

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