Exploring Around Luxor

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We got up early for breakfast and checked out of the cruise ship. By 7:00 am we were on our way in our little bus. After we picked up John from his hot air balloon ride (which he said was not worth the cost), we drove over to the West Bank to the Valley of the Kings. They have found 63 tombs in this one valley and are likely to find more. We visited 3 different tombs while we were there, Ramses III, Ramses IV, and Merenptah. It is amazing how well the paint has survived the thousands of years since it was painted. A couple of these tombs involved going down a very steep ladder like a stairway for quite a distance before reaching the burial chamber at the bottom. Ned pointed out the “trap” in a couple of tombs, where any grave robbers would fall into a pit - shades of Indiana Jones. We were not allowed to take pictures unless we purchased a photo pass, which we didn’t bother to do. Sara, from our group, did buy one and took many pictures, which I think she will share with us later.
The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings


After leaving the Valley of the Kings, we visited the Temple of Hatshepsut. It looks very large on the outside, but there really isn’t very much to visit. We had another possible shopping opportunity when we stopped at an alabaster factory/shop. The guide there was very funny and entertaining while explaining how they produce the handmade alabaster items.
The Temple of Hatshepsut

The Temple of Hatshepsut

Working on an alabaster vase

Working on an alabaster vase

Alabaster objects for sale

Alabaster objects for sale


We also made a very quick stop at the Colossi of Memnon for photos and then drove on to a restaurant for lunch. We didn’t enjoy our lunch there as much as the one we had at the Blueberry Restaurant in Cairo.

We were then driven to our hotel for the night, the Lotus Hotel, in Luxor. After settling in, Don and I went out to walk the neighbourhood. We had to repeatedly refuse offers of a taxi, or a guide, or shopping, but we managed to visit a couple of shops, buy some water, and return to our hotel without getting lost.
Very clever water filtration system used all over Egypt

Very clever water filtration system used all over Egypt


Ashraf has said he will take us out to have supper at an Irish pub nearby, so that should be interesting.

This featured blog entry was written by katdill from the blog Back to Africa.
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By katdill

Posted Thu, Feb 28, 2019 | Egypt | Comments