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Jan 26, 2012 - Day 8 of our trip

We are going to cross the Nile river to the West Bank in the morning. The West Bank is where they would bury their dead because the sun sets in the west. We will travel by donkey (yes I am getting on a donkey) and visit the Colossi of Memnon and then the Valley of the Kings where they buried their dead after they stopped building pyramids. This is where King Tut's tomb is and we will hopefully be able to enter it! Once we are done at the Valley of the Kings we are going to try to do some of the tings we didn't get to do yesterday and if we...

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Egypt Trip 2012

Jan 25, 2012 - Day 7 of our trip

Our felucca will stop a the temple of Kom Ombo and once it docks we will take a bus ride to the city of Luxor. We will make a stop to see a temple in Edfu and then check into our hotel. Finally a real shower!! In the afternoon we will have some free time and will either go to the mummification museum, visit some more temples or possible go on a hot air ballon ride.

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Apr 17, 2011 - Luxor

We left our felucca early on the 15th and got a bus into Luxor. We went on a tour of Kom Ombo temple and visited the Temple of Horus. That night we visited Luxor temple just after sunset - amazing! The morning of the 16th was another early one as we were trying to get to the Valley of the Kings before it warmed up. We visited Ramesses III & Ramesses IX's tombs. By 930 when we left, it was over 30 celsius! After the Valley of the Kings we visited the temple of Hatshepsut and the Temple of Karnak. That night we were supposed to get another...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Farewell Luxor

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The previous day we made an attempt to visit the Karnak temple in the late morning, but turned back when we saw the tourist hoards enveloping the site. We spent the balance of the day seeing some of the lesser sights of Luxor and after a horse-drawn carriage ride from Karnak temple to the center of the city, we headed to a hotel where we knew we could get WiFi access. We spent a few comfortable hours responding to email, uploading photos to my travel journal and surfing through our Facebook accounts to see what...

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Dec 20, 2010 - Hassan Fathy Co-op Village

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD During our last few days in Luxor, we were casting about for things we could do within walking distance of our hotel, and we were lucky to hear about the Hassan Fathy Housing Project in New Gourna, several kilometres from our hotel, not far from the Nile, but a walkable distance because the weather is so pleasant these days. We set off after breakfast and before we knew it, we were walking by Ashraf’s alabaster factory. I decided that I would like to stop for a minute and take another short video of the artisans...

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Dec 20, 2010 - Our Nile Boat and Luxor Temples

We woke up at 5am to head back to Cairo airport. The minaret speaker systems broadcasting the call to prayer at all the mosques around town, makes quite a memorable sound. I hadn’t realized how much I must have enjoyed our trip to Morocco 13 years ago, as the sound brought back good memories of travel, adventure and hospitality. A quick flight to Luxor (made that much easier by only having one suitcase to check) was uneventful. We took a minibus to the boat, where a nice buffet lunch was ready for us. Along the way our bus had to stop at a...

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Dec 20, 2010 - Old Gourna Village

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD After spending a couple of hours touring the Hassan Fathy Housing Project in New Gourna, we started our walk back to our small hotel in Qabawi. Even though it was mid-afternoon, the temperature was very pleasant and there was even a light breeze blowing. We didn’t even have to look for the shady side of the highway. I can’t help but think that there are very few days each year when it’s possible to walk long distances here in Upper Egypt. We had travelled by taxi along this same route many times going back and...

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Dec 18, 2010 - Alabaster Factory

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD One of the main cottage industries functioning on the West Bank of the Nile near Luxor is the manufacture of items from local alabaster. We were told that the alabaster is brought from the Theban Hills, far beyond the Valley of the Kings. There are no roads to the region, so donkeys transport the stone. Most of the work is done by hand, though some of the highly polished items on sale are done by machine. We learned that Ashraf Khodary, the owner of the Desert Paradise Lodge is the son of a once prominent...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Qabawi Village

@@@@@@@ Qabawi is a small village a few kilometres west of the Nile within sight of the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. Several years ago, the government began a campaign to move all the people living in the small hamlets that have existed beside, and in some cases, on top of the archeological sites. The governor has a master plan to create the world’s largest open-air museum, but this has had a mixed reaction from the archeologists and the public. When Ashraf Khodary decided to build the small hotel that was to become the Desert...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Carter House

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Howard Carter believed he would eventually find the lost tomb of the obscure boy-king Tutankhamen. He managed to convince Lord Carnarvon to fund his search, and he diligently slaved away for six years without success. Carnarvon built him a small house near the entrance to the Valley of the Kings and visited him there on several occasions. All the possible sites had already been explored, except the ground under the worker’s huts near the excavated tomb of Ramses VI. With funding about to be cut off, Carter made one last...

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Dec 11, 2010 - Valley Of The Kings

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The Valley of the Kings has been the site of royal burials as far back as 2160 BC, but the New Kingdom period (1500 – 1069 BC) saw the most construction. The 18th Dynasty pharaohs chose the isolated valley for their tombs in hopes that they could be hidden from the raiders who had robbed the Nile Delta tombs of their treasures. The fact the pyramid shaped mountain Al-Qurn (The Horn) towered above the valley and probably reminded them of the above ground tombs outside the Nile flood plain near present day Cairo, was an...

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Dec 9, 2010 - Luxor

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The earliest evidence of Egyptian hieroglyphics was discovered on pottery shards, dating from 3200 BC, in a village on the west bank of the Nile. Fifty years later, the two cultures of Lower and Upper Egypt were unified into one vast kingdom under King Menses. Historians mark this event as the end of Ancient (or Predynastic) Egypt. Egypt reached its first peak of civilization during the period 2700-2200 BC, known as the ‘Old Kingdom’ or ‘The Age of the Pyramids’. The capital was located at Memphis, just outside of...

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