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Feb 21, 2020 - Temples 1

Temples 1: When we arrived in Luxor, we stopped at Karnak Temple, built around 1360 BC, New Kingdom time. For our first Temple, it was impressive. It would have been impressive even if it were our last. It was large and graceful. Most striking to us was the Avenue of Sphinxes. Much is missing from when it was new, but it is still outstanding. The next day we visited the Valley of the Kings and on the way we stopped at the Temple of Hatshepsut. The Queen Hatshepsut built this Temple around 1450 BC, to honor the glory of Amun. It is situated...

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Feb 3, 2016 - Edfu, The Temples of Horus and Kom Ombo

We woke a little later this morning and by 9:30 we were dockside waiting for our horse-drawn carriages to take us through the town of Edfu to the Temple of Horus. What sounded like a pleasant ride turned dark, as we saw how hard the horses were driven and how some of them had open sores on their legs and hoofs. Hala told us later that Abercrombie and Kent had threatened to use a tour bus rather than these carriages to transport the tourists to the temple, but the locals threatened to attack the ship. In the end, A&K decided to continue with...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Edfu

Sept. 16-Edfu We woke up docked in Edfu. Overnight the boat had gone through the lock and negotiated down the Nile to the port of Edfu. It was a fairly large city on the Nile. The unique aspect of this visit was that the temple that we were visiting wasn't far away. So our guide arranged for a carriage to take us to the temple. Susan and I got in one. Mike got in another and off we went to the Edfu Temple. Edfu temple was built during the New Kingdom, but it was continually added on to through the Ptolemaic period. Ed is an active...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Egypt - Edfu

22nd March 2012 Edfu Dam, my turn to feel sick! I woke up with a horrible sore throat and stuffy nose. Not to worry, I will soldier on. Disembarking the cruiser, we caught a 15 min horse & carriage ride to the Edfu Temples. Of course, along the way our driver offered to take photos of us and made gestures to give him a tip for his efforts. Our tour guide strongly recommended not to tip as that was inclusive in the price. The Edfu Temples have the distinction of being the largest and most completely preserved, Greek built temples in Egypt...

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Dec 21, 2010 - Luxor - West Bank

Another early wake up, and we headed out at 7am to the Valley of the Kings. This is where King Tut’s tomb was discovered, and there are still more tombs being discovered every few years. Several tombs are open for visitors, and we visited 3 – those of Ramses IV, Ramses IX and Merenptah. You can walk down into the tombs and see the inscriptions that were made thousands of years ago. Truly amazing. We then headed to Hatshpsut Temple, which is built into the side of a mountain. Our tour guide was amazing and really got the kids into...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Edfu Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The Temple of Horus at Edfu was built above the flood plain of the Nile and so escaped the water’s destructive forces, leaving it the best-preserved temple in all of Egypt. The incredible power of the priests and the dramatic rituals they undertook in honour of the deities are portrayed in such incredible detail here that archeologists often turn to Edfu to guide them in their studies of ancient Upper Egypt. The temple is one of the must-see sights along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, the region where hundreds of large...

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Oct 9, 2010 - Edfu -Luxor

Up early again ( so much for the holiday part haha)Off to Edfu temple this morning. My personal favourite as it is dedicated to Horus the falcon god- power strength in charge of things, you know the sort of thing. Fantastic reliefs and impressive statuary, with great detail. Our guide Maged is an extremely knowledgeable Egyptologist, and entertaining if a little shy. Was embarrassed to explain that the relief of bare breasted woman actually represented how women dressed at the time. Absolutely passionate about hieroglyphics and the quote of...

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Oct 8, 2010 - Aswan to Edfu - Nile Cruise

Joined Nile Cruise -Presidential Line Nile Symphony -this morning , with a hurry up and wait. Must be on time to leave the hotel at 0800 to get to the ship by 0830- Which we do and then I realize I have left my camera in the hotel room. The lovely driver rings the hotel and goes back to pick up the camera and brings it to the ship then at 0930 we are still waiting to see what comes next. Our tour guide for the next 3 days turns out to be a Mr Bean look alike. He carries a black, furled umbrella above his head to get the groups attention and...

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Feb 10, 2010 - Egypt: Nile Felucca Trip

We sailed three days and two nights down the Nile from Aswan toward Edfu in a felucca (traditional Egyptian sailing vessel). Kendall said she felt like Cleopatra, lounging on the mats, watching life by the river's edge. All we were missing was good wine (difficult to find in Egypt)and hand-fed grapes... We were accompanied by 3 Nubians who cooked meals, hoisted the sails, and found good swimming holes. One night we stayed in a Nubian village where we met Monar. Monar means mosque. Monar: 15 years old, smart as a whip, speaks 4 languages,...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Edfu & Kom Ombo

Cruised the Nile until the early hours of the morning. When we woke we were moored at Edfu. Early morning visit to the Edfu Temple. The hieroglyphics again were amazing. (Again photos to be added later). Back to the boat at 9 a.m. (yes we started early). The sun had a bite to it so the kids hit the pool (minus 200 degrees I'm told) and a spot of sun bathing on the top deck. Moored at Kom Ombo at about 1 pm and went to the temple after lunch. Quite a few stories with this temple - split into two halves - one for the Crocodile God the other...

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Dec 13, 2009 - Nile Cruise - Day 2 - Visit to Temple of Edfu

Well, it’s only 10 a.m., and I’m writing this while sitting out in the sun on the rooftop deck of our Nile cruise liner, the M/S Florence. On both sides of the Nile, we are surrounded by lush green fields of palm trees and lands under cultivation. On the right bank of the Nile, the hills of the desert are visible in the distance. And as one might imagine, there is not a cloud in the sky. This is Egypt as I have long imagined it. While cruising along this river, I really get the sense of how dependent Egypt is on the flows of the Nile....

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Break From the Law

Aug 13, 2009 - Heading up the Nile today

Lots to do in Aswan...the morning of the 11th, we met our police convoy at 3:15am for a three hour drive through the desert to Abu Simbel. The two temples were taken apart and reconstructed when the high dam was built so the temples would not be flooded and destroyed. To date, it remains the largest scale UNESCO project to be completed. The mountain was literally moved to a higher elevation. The temples are incredible with some of the 4000 year old paint still remaining. After two hours exploring, we headed back to the convoy back to Aswan...

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