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May 31, 2010 - A very busy day

David - A predawn departure and trans-Nile motorboat, then a short bus ride to an open paddock on the edge of arable land/desert. Meet the captain of the balloon – asked if this was my first time in a balloon. I say ‘yes’ he replied ‘me too’. Half a dozen other balloons getting ready, all with small tucks for equipment and a dozen ground crew each. Nice warm morning with a hint of a breeze – all in the basket, wearing caps to alleviate the heat from the gas flame and ever so gently – almost imperceptible – we lift off and drift up and away...

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May 30, 2010 - Going up the Nile (going North to South)

The train arrives on time….we eat our breakfast packs that Kimo had given us and drop our bags at our hotel. Our rooms not ready this early so we take our bus to the Temple of Karnak Sacred Complex. Our local guide meets us and at least, being this early, we do not have to compete with too many other tourists. This is a huge site with many parts contributed by a number of rulers. This is our first real exposure to Egyptian carvings. They are quite something and it’s amazing that some of the colour has remained after so many thousands of...

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May 14, 2010 - Lazy day & party on a boat

We'd been reasonably diligent tourists so far, getting up early most days, going to see stuff, not just lazing around at the hotel. So, we thought that it was about time that we did exactly that. This was to be our last night certainly for some time at a hotel in the midrange category in our lonely planet guide book. From now on it was to be "upper end budget" hotels for us. So lounging, lazing and time by the pool it was and who cares what sites would be left unseen when we left town the next day. It is a great big holiday we're on as much...

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May 14, 2010 - Visit to banana island

We got up late at 9:00 and stayed at the hotel until 17:00. We then got a boat to banana island. There was musicians playing music in the boat. It was a one hour boat ride but i enjoyed it. Our tour guide Ali showed us where his land was and his house. Banana Island isn't actually an island, just a piece of land with a canal going across. The island had lots of African restaurants even a zoo with crocodiles. And banana trees. We then got a taxi to the restaurants where the archaeologists, famous for its chicken curry. Luxor is less busy...

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May 13, 2010 - Tombs of the Nobles & Donkey ride

We got up early at 6:30 to go to the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Tombs of the Nobles. We had a quick egyptian breakfast,of mint tea, jam toast and omelette. We then got a taxi to Hatshepsut. First we went into the reception and saw the model. It was simple but good, dedicated to Amun Ra. We then walked to the temple it originally had a avenue of sphinxes leading to the marble steps. There where lots of hieroglyphics and statues of the egyptian gods. There where three parts to the temple dedicated to the three main egyptian gods. We then...

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May 13, 2010 - West bank sights

Another early start – the last one for sightseeing, but a totally necessary one, as we were going into the hottest parts – where the desert starts on the west bank. There are loads of sights there, most famously the valley of the kings. We decided the skip the valley itself. It's one of those places where there's not so much to see, all of the contents of the tombs having been removed long ago (much of it to museums, thankfully). Rather, it's the idea of what used to be there that's engaging. And that only really works on a visit with the...

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May 12, 2010 - Balloons and boats

This was a day we'd been excited about since before we left home. We were going up in a hot air balloon to see dawn over the Nile valley. None of us had been in a hot air balloon before and were slightly nervous too, not least given what we'd seen so far of the Egyptian approach to health and safety! We needn't have worried – everyone was very professional and all the equipment looked good. We were driven to a large bare field, just east of the mountains where valley of the kings and the other sights are. There we saw other balloons being...

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May 12, 2010 - Hot Air Balloon ride

We got up really early today at 5:30am for our hot air balloon ride over the temples. It was a unique experience to see the valley of the kings and the houses looked tiny. You could see for miles. My feet were tingling, I was scared a bit but my mum and dad were fine. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt where buried there with all their treasure. It is very hot in luxor it normally goes over one hundred degrees. You could see everyone and their daily lives. Every time the captain released the burner it felt like I was being burned alive. There...

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May 11, 2010 - Karnak

First we saw the model of Karnak and I took lots of pictures of it. Even the model was very complicated and quite big. When we came to the real thing it was gigantic! Each pillar was really tall. We didn't even have time to walk from one end to the other. I was speechless at the size and scale of it. The ancient Egyptians were very clever. The pillars were decorated with hieroglyphics. The Egyptians believed it was the house of the Egyptian god Amun Ra. Originally there would be a avenue of sphinxes leading to luxor temple. We didn't even...

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May 11, 2010 - Karnak

Having experienced the previous day just how tiring it is being out and about in this sort of heat, we now fully appreciated that we just had to get up early (around 6am) and do our sightseeing in the first few hours of the day. For today's destination, there is also the factor of it being one of the big sights in Egypt, drawing many coachloads of tourists at a time, later in the day. So much better then to get there early and have the peace needed to take in the size and scale of the ambition and achievement at Karnak. This was also our...

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May 10, 2010 - Nile Valley Hotel in Luxor

Our hotel has a roof top terrace where we can eat and a big swimming pool with a jacuzzi. The owner is a Egyptian man. The first few days we didn't go out because I was ill. Luxor museum – we saw lots of beautiful statues of gods and also the mummy of Ramses the great. There were lots of Egyptian military weapons like bows and chariots. Caught ferry back to hotel, I felt a bit sea sick! In the evening we saw the giant temple built by Ramses II, Luxor Temple. It was huge and originally it had an avenue of sphinxes stretching on for 3km.There...

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May 10, 2010 - Luxor Museum & Temple

Thankfully we woke up to nothing in particular from Remi's bowels and improvement in Jon's throat, enough to allow a small trip over the river to the east bank. Ignoring the many suggestions that we should take a motorboat over, rather than the ferry, we crossed and walked to the Luxor Museum. Not yet really hot and air-con inside, this should be OK. The museum itself was very good. It was quiet, no need for guides, the exhibits were well described and presented. There were some very detailed, amazingly well preserved statues, weapons,...

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