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Dec 6, 2010 - Luxor & Karnak

The monuments of Upper Egypt are breathtaking! The great temples of Luxor and Karnak and the funerary complexes of the west bank form the largest agglomeration of ancient buildings in the world. Luxor is the most important (and most spectacular site) in all of Egypt. The Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor were both built over extensive periods of time, and are magnificently impressive and colossal in nature. Karnak Temple houses the tallest surviving ancient obelisk on Earth, that of Queen Hetshepsut, dated to 1479-1458 BCE (Before...

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

Nov 9, 2010 - Luxor

We concluded our Nile cruise yesterday morning in Luxor with an early disembarkation for a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings & Queens and all of the West Bank of the Luxor area. With the exception of the pyramids of Giza, this is where it's at as far as Egyptian archaeological icons are concerned. The balloon ride was a remarkable experience in its own right. Starting with a team of fifteen men arriving in a truck with the basket & all other equipment on the back. They proceeded to unload, lay out and inflate the balloon and...

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Unexpected Egypt

Oct 23, 2010 - Oct 22 - More Luxor

Friday morning started with more sightseeing, firstly to the Collosi of Memnon, two gigantic statues of, I think, Ramses II and Nefertari (could be wrong about this, my head is swimming with all the Pharaohs and their wives, plus all the gods.) There was once a temple behind the statues but because it was mud brick, it didn't last. After we spent half an hour at the Collosi, the four of us who wanted to ride donkeys into the Valley of Kings went to find the donkey man and got on our mounts. The rest of the group went by minivan. Donkeys are...

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Oct 15, 2010 - Luxor

Today was another early start at 4:30am so we could catch a hot air balloon before sunrise. It was an amazing flight over the Valley of the Kings - along the East bank of the Nile. We then touched down and headed to catch a Donkey ride which was great fun. This then led us to the Valley of The Kings. Where most of the Pharoahs created their tombs. Again no cameras allowed so no pics. But it was an amazing place with incredibly intact tombs deep in the mountain with amazing coloured heiroglyphics. But bloody hot and sweaty. We then had...

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Oct 14, 2010 - End of Cruise then Luxor

This morning we breakfasted on the felucca and headed on to cruise for a short while before meeting our fantastic driver Mohammed who was driving us to Luxor. We checked in and freshened up at the hotel before heading out to Animal Care Egypt. This is a charity run by Europeans to help look after the loca animals who get little to no veterinary care. They especially help look after the working animals as the general Egyptian attitude towards animals is different to ours. Saw some donkeys, horses, cats and dogs which were getting fixed up...

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Oct 10, 2010 - Valley of the Kings

Massive day today. Did 13 hours sight seeing in heat that peaked at around 46C.!!! Busy Busy day- up at sparrows to be on bus at 0700 to head to Valley of the Kings ( we thought before it got too hot - no such luck) Luxor very clean then we went briefly through a country area before heading into barren hills that led to the Valley of the Kings, Landscape looked very similar to what i have seen in Morocco - Hills and Sand! Ticket gave entry to 3 tombs.To see Tutankhamouns was an additional amount. We saw Ramses III and then spilt up and I...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Luxor Deluxe

Our cruise journey turned out to be a great bargain ($130 Canadian per night for both of us, including all things except beverages including water). Despite some worries (as they do like to scheme and scam here) we were dropped off on a 5***** floating hotel boat (named the cheesy NILE CROCODILE). We had a lovely three day journey upstream from Aswan to Luxor, stopping at the ancient Egyptian sites of Kom Ombo (devoted to two gods and we explored at dusk which was amazing in itself)and Edfu (almost complete temple). The price of the cruise...

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Sep 4, 2010 - Exploring the Valley of Kings, Queens and Hatshepsut Temple

So this morning we got up super early to head over to the Nile and meet up with a man named Tayeb to ride a ferry over the Nile to the West Bank and go see the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Hatshepsut Temple. It cost us 1 LE to ride the ferry one way, we sat up on top and could see both Luxor and the West Bank, very pretty! We had arranged a taxi with Tayeb's brother for 25 LE, and it was air conditioned! YAY! I never knew I'd yearn for AC as badly as I have on this trip. He first took us to the Valley of the Kings because it is the...

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Sep 3, 2010 - First day in Luxor

The train was about a 9 hour ride, it was my first time being on a train like that and all I wanted was to sleep! I just couldn't get comfortable, everything hurt and I really needed to be able to stretch out. Lisa had told me the cabin would be extremely cold but the one blanket I took from our flight did the trick! When we got to Luxor we walked to our hostel/hotel called The Oasis. So many people were constantly bugging us for taxi's, hotels, carriage rides, etc. I think the trick is to just smile and say no thank-you (La Shukran), they...

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Jul 11, 2010 - We get high in the morning

Sunday, July 11 4:15 AM was the wake up call. We stumbled out of bed, put on some clothes, and met up in the lobby. A quick boat ride across to Nile took us, and about 30 people we didn't know, to a waiting bus then to an open field across from Hatsheput's temple. There were about eight hot air balloons being laid out and huge baskets being pulled off of trucks. We stood there in the early dawn and our pilot instructed ups on landing procedure with some nervous laughter, then, as the balloon began to inflate we were all hurried aboard for...

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Egypt in the Summer

Jul 10, 2010 - Many things

At 5:00 AM we are awoken by a wake up call to prayer. There is a mosque right across the street and it is quite loud!! We had to be up anyway, so got dressed and stumbled to the elevator and had some breakfast. After we all assembled at 6:00 AM we made our way to the hotel's dock and boarded a motor boat for a trip across the Nile as the sun was rising. Some spectacular views. When we got to the west side we walked up the street a little and saw our herd of donkies. The owner sized us up and gave us each a donkey, then off through the...

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Egypt in the Summer

Jul 9, 2010 - Travel to Luxor

Up early, finish packing, and off to breakfast overlooking the Nile. Excellent breads and tea, but little fruit. Alice said goodbye to the litter of three kittens that had been around the place our whole stay. When I asked what she liked best aboutthe trip so far it was the kittens, of course. Traveled North down the Nile through farm land and desert. The contrast was remarkable. Banana trees and lush fields on one side and barren, desolate desert on the other. All of this puncuated by the occassional village of mud brick houses, check...

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Egypt in the Summer

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