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Sep 16, 2015 - Cruising the Nile and Kom Ombo

Sept. 16-Kom Ombo and Dress like an Egyptian Night We toured down the Nile during and after lunch. We weren’t scheduled to tour Kom Ombo until later that evening. So we laid down for awhile watching the Nile go by, then Mike and I retired to the balcony off his room to drink and smoke cigars as we watched the Nile go by. When we were cruising the Nile, drink in one hand, cigar in the other, watching the date trees and the green crops go by, Mike raised the question “Why me?” We didn’t have any adequate answers for that question, but we were...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Kom Ombo Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Long ago, Kom Ombo was known as the land of Sobek, the crocodile god. Sacred crocodiles once basked in the sun along the Nile where the Temple of Kom Ombo now stands. This is the one temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods, Sobek and Haroeris (Horus the Elder). The design of the temple reflects this duality; it is perfectly symmetrical, with identical spaces serving to honour each god. The temple sits right along the Nile and this had led to the erosion of some of the Roman-era forecourt. However, much of the temple...

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Nov 9, 2010 - Cruising the Nile

So, I convinced Paul to go to the Nubian Museum and it was pretty amazing. i hadn't realized how vast and interesting Nubian history was, and how it intertwined with Egyptian history. There was also a fantastic photographic section dedicated to the area of Eqypt lost when the high dam was created. It documented all of the temples that were excavated (and moved) over the twenty prior to the dam being built. As well as Abu Simbel (which we spoke about in our last journal entry) there were several others that where moved to be saved from the...

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Unexpected Egypt

Dec 12, 2009 - Nile Cruise - Day 1 - Visit to Temple of Kom Ombo

Well, it’s already 10:30 p.m., and I am writing today’s entry from our room aboard the cruise ship M/S Florence. The ship is currently traveling en route to the Egyptian city of Edfu, where we will dock for the night before we set off to visit the ruins of the Temple of Edfu there at around 7 o’clock tomorrow morning. So our sightseeing regimen starts bright and early tomorrow morning. I’m very impressed with our cruise liner. Definitely a great value for the roughly US$55 per day per person price tag. The cabins are roomy and...

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Break From the Law

Oct 31, 2009 - Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo & Edfu

During the night we set sail down the Nile for Kom Ombo. Kom Ombo was strategically important as a trading town on the caravan route from Nubia to Cairo. The temple here is actually two in one. It is dedicated to Haroeris and Sobek, Gods of the Sky and the crocodile-headed God. The temple is a Greaco-Roman structure built and added on to over the centuries pre and after AD. Apparently when the Romans came they allowed the Egyptians to keep there Gods and they integrated The Egyptian and Roman features. This helped keep the peace for a...

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Feb 22, 2009 - Philae Temple, Papyrus Factory, Kim Ombo, Galabeya Party

8 February 2009 TEMPLE OF PHILAE, SAIL TO KOM OMBO, GALABEYA PARTY Today we transfer from one boat to another to visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, which is perched majestically on an island. The complex dates from the 26th Dynasty; additions were made through the Roman period when Hadrian built a pavilion at the water’s edge. Pilgrims would come from all over the Mediterranean to worship Isis here. It was one of the last places where the ancient Egyptians religions flourished, well into the sixth century when Justinian finally...

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Our Egypt Adventure

Feb 3, 2009 - M/S River Anuket - Enfu to Kom Ombo

The ship set sail today at 5:20AM – it was supposed to sail at 5:30AM so it was 5:30ish…so as expected Wendy was up as soon as she heard the engines start. I stayed in bed, but opened the shades so I could “watch the scenery” from my bed. Actually it still was quite dark, so no one could see very much. After Wendy went up on deck, Heidi joined her shortly and then a few fellow travelers as the sun began to rise. It was rather cold outside. The mist was rising off the water. And even though we are in the desert they could see their breath....

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May 13, 2007 - Nile Cruise - Luxor Temple

Today we left the dock at Esna in the morning and sailed to the city of Luxor (formerly known as Thebes). We docked at Luxor at about noon and after lunch on the ship and some leisure time on board, we set out to find an internet cafe in Luxor and to explore the famous temple. Luxor Temple was largely built by Amenhotep III but was added onto by other pharaohs including Tutankhamun and Ramses II but it sits on the site of an older sanctuary built by Queen Hatshepsut and dedicated to the Theban traid of gods (Amun, Mut, and Khons). The...

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Jan 5, 2007 - Aswan to Luxor; Day 3; Exploring Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo is the Temple dedicated to Sobek, a crocodile god, and Horus, a falcon god. It is unusual to have a dual share temple, apparently. This temple was one of the more 'recent' ones, finished in Roman times, about 200 AD. This was one of my favorites since it overlooked the Nile. Location! Location! Location! Reputedly, the pharaoh at the time commenced the Sobek portion because he had a dream that his son would be killed by a crocodile. Seems like establishing a sound basis for public policy is a problem which hasn't changed much in...

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Oct 21, 2006 - Kom Ombo

In the afternoon, we began our Nile River cruise. We were supposed to arrive at Kom Ombo just before sunset but were about 90 minutes late because of a stop to refuel and going slower than all the other ships. By the time we arrived, there were at least a couple dozen other ships already docked. There isn't enough space for them all; so, they dock parallel to each other. We crossed through 5 or 6 to get to land. Even though our ship was less than half full and that seemed to be true of the other ships as well, with them all there at once,...

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Oct 8, 2006 - Falukka Down the Nile

The falukka trip was one of the most relaxing things we have done in a while. Just sort of slowly floating your way down river. Stopping for the occasional swim in the Nile. Sipping beer on the boat (which is actually illegal for locals during Ramadan...but not for us). Wasting the day away as you role around on your giant flush boat bedding. It was really chill. A little sketchy the second night when we slept right next to a ferry terminal though haha... they just pull the boat up on the river bank and hit the hay. Sadly our poor captain...

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Sep 19, 2006 - Cruising the Mighty Nile

Aswan, the embarkation point for our upcoming Nile cruise, is Egypt's southern most city - a charming, quaint town with a magnificent setting on the banks of the Nile, dotted with small river islands and densely lined with date palms and agricultural plots - life really does have the feeling of 'drifting by' with the warmth of the Egyptian sun and the steady flow of the river. Awaiting the arrival of the Bartons the following day, we wandered the three main streets of Aswan in and out of bazaars, absorbing ourselves in the hustle and...

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