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Oct 25, 2015 - Luxor Egypt

Egypt, So tough seeing what I saw now given i visited for three weeks in 2006. Luxor is dead... not as in tombs and temples as in visitors. No one there. Seriously at the Luxor Temple and Valley of the Kings there was made 80-100 visitors. Before there was 35,000-100,000 a day according to our guide. Why the change? The Arab Spring or "revolution" which Egyptians term it stopped tourism. It hasn't returned. Even the airport on our arrival was empty. We got ushered in like VIP's. Everyone begging for a dollar... Fifteen or twenty men wanting...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Valley of the Kings

Sept. 15-Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut’s temple, alabaster carvers, Habu Temple Today we visited the Valley of the Kings, which contains one of the most extensive tomb systems anywhere. During the New Kingdom, this is where the tombs of the kings were placed. The area had a natural pyramid, and the tombs were tunneled into the side of it. We visited several tombs that extended hundreds of feet into the mountain and had several rooms to hold the items to accompany the pharaoh into the afterlife as well as the burial chamber itself. No...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Luxor and Karnak Temple

Sept. 14- Luxor and Karnak Temple Today we flew to Luxor, where we met our guide Sam for this part of the trip. WE drove from the Luxor airport to a docking area. Here there were 4 boats tied up parallel to the dock. Ours was the third boat, so we walked through the reception areas of two boats before arriving at ours. We checked in without difficulty (actually Sam got us checked in) and we headed toward our room. The room is actually a suite (the Beethoven Suite) that features a sitting room and a bedroom. It also has a balcony with a...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Cairo, Egypt

Ok, today would have to be my favourite day so far!! The day started with a 4:30am wake up call with breakfast downstairs in the restaurant at 5am. Thought we would play it safe as we both knew we had a full day on the bus with little chance of a toilet stop, so we had toast with butter. Pretty boring but a smart move!! We didn't have to be on the bus until 5:30am so Craig and I went down to the river to take photos of the sunrise and I really wanted a pic of my foot in the Nile. Still so clean and clear. Took off to the airport and there...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Luxor, Egypt

We docked Monday morning in Safarga which is a container port about 3.5hours drive from the city. All aboard the bus, me being me, straight to the front left seat behind the armed guard, oh did I forget to mention him. Strapping young guy called Mohammed who just happened to carry a massive gun strapped to his right hip. Made Dirty Harrys hand gun look like a toy gun. I did manage to sneak a picture. We had Aladdin the driver who liked to think he was driving the magic bus (not carpet) and by the way he manoeuvred it I would have to agree....

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Feb 25, 2015 - Luxor and TEMPLES!

Feb. 25 Breakfast at 6:30 am provided by the Susannah Hotel was eggs, tomato and cucumber with a soft goat or feta cheese, yogurt and bread sticks with soft cheese. Delicious so I forgave them the weak coffee ;) We walked to the pier and across one boat to another that took us to the west bank of the Nile. There we met our transportation to the Valley of the Kings. Donkeys. I don't know what I expected but there were no saddles so no stirrups, ropes for reigns and a padded blanket for a saddle. The young man assigned us our donkey and...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Egypt - Nile Cruise - Luxor to Aswan

28 April LUXOR - Arrived 8.10am after missed flights - but that's another story. We'd pre-booked our stay in Egypt from pick-up in Luxor to delivery back to the plane in Cairo. BUT....after a loooong night ...A nap was first thing on the agenda! Our accommodation - Iberotel, on the Nile is central and very pleasant with terrace dining overlooking the pool and the Nile. An afternoon stroll was HOT as HADES! What do they say about mad dogs and Englishmen? A great evening with our guide Mohamad – through and around the streets in a horse...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Saturday 20 April

After 4 days in Cairo I can say it is a very interesting city. It is so large and spread out. As little as 15 years ago farms have been relpaced by highrise apartments. There is no government authority for planning any building projects in Cairo. If you pay someone enough money you can vertually do as you please. On Friday I found out that there where shops within walking distance from our hotel. You would have thought the guides would have explained this to us. We met some people who have been staying in the hotel for a few weeks and they...

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Jan 13, 2013 - Parte 6 - Luxor

Luxor eh demais. Demais em todos os sentidos (positivos e nem tanto). Os comerciantes incomodam demais, os olhares para a Re foram demais, a historia do lugar (antiga Tebas) eh, da mesma forma, demais. Mas vamos por parte. Chegamos em Luxor perto das 8 da noite, em um trem local direto de Aswan. O trem era local MESMO, vimos, ouvimos e sentimos de tudo naquele negocio. Pra comecar, viemos num vagao que era pra ser primeira classe, e acreditem, primeira classe num trem local do egito equivale a uma 10 classe de um trem brasileiro. A sensacao...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Luxor

LUXOR: VALLEY of the KINGS: 3000 - 5000 yrs old, located on the West Side of Luxor in a rocky canyon. There are thus far 62 tombs uncovered. We arrived early, visited 4 tombs including a visit to King Tut’s tomb to view his mummy. You can see how he died, his neck was fractured. We also visited the tombs of Ramses 1st,3rd & 9th. The ceilings were very colorful, even after all these years. Now here it was “HOT” 45C . When you walked out of the shade 30m across open ground to the next tomb you could feel your toes in your sandals burning. It...

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Apr 4, 2012 - Luxor

Monday 2nd April Aswan – Edfu – Luxor Set off from Aswan at 6am and drove north towards Luxor. We stopped on the way at Edfu Temple – the guide in the temple today was very ordinary – this temple was very large and was built in Greek times during Ptolemy’s reign. We walked around and looked at all of the ruins for about an hour and a half. The walls were very high and it was much more ‘modern’ than other places we have seen in the past few weeks. The funny thing that happened was this: at many ruins, part of the carvings are sort of...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Egypt - Luxor

23rd March 2012 Rise & shine! We are off on a trip to remember. What an unbelievable experience, especially in a place like Egypt. Won’t say too much about our ballooning experience, just look at the photos. A picture paints a thousand words. Later this afternoon we visited a few more TEMPLES (Valley of the Kings (taking photos were not permitted), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut or Hot Chicken Soup & Karnak Temples). I won’t bore you with many details except that the Karnak Temples took 2000 years to build. The Egyptians started building it,...

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