Egypt, an Unforgettable Trip: Luxor

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Luxor Temple

Since we had only one place to visit in Edfu, we sailed to Luxor in the afternoon. We have a relaxing evening. At dinner, we went to the sundeck. The staff had BQQ style buffet. The food tasted fresh and beyond delicious. We went to bed early because we knew the kind of day that will be next.

The fifth day of visits

Our first stop was the Valley of the Kings. At the door, they told us plenty of times that we were not allowed to take any pictures. So I left my camera and cell phone in the van. With our tickets, we were permitted to enter three tombs. We enter the first tomb, and it was the most amazing walk of my life. It was a walk of at least 200 feet inside of the mountain. The tunnel is painted with the original paint of what the artist did for the Pharaoh. At the end was a humongous sarcophagus.  There are not enough words to describe the Valley of the Kings. Unfortunately, I do no have a picture to show how amazing that place is.

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Valley of the Kings Entrance

Under the melting sun, we headed to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh in the history of Ancient Egypt. She came to power during the New Kingdom after the death of her father, Tuthmose I, and her half-brother and husband, Tuthmose II, who succeeded her father on the throne. It is a beautiful building on the other side of the mountain of the Valley of the Kings. On the way back to the cruise, we stopped at the Colossi of Memnon just for a picture. The statues are not in a good shape. In the afternoon after lunch, we headed to the east bank of the Nile in Luxor. We had two stops; the first was a Karnack temple.

 

 

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Queen Hatshepsut Temple

 

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Colossi of Memnon

 

Karnak is the biggest temple in the ancient temple in Egypt. The entrance is decorated with two line of Rams. Inside, the temple has a hall with 134 columns and two obelisks. There are so many things that I would have to write a book to describe. After expending a good amount of time in Karnak, we were driven to the Luxor temple, which is not far from Karnak. It is a smaller temple than Karnak but impressive as well. Although the temple was built by the pharaoh Amenhotep III, the entrance has two massive Ramses II statues. The temple is more preserved than the Karnak. In the side of the temple, the Christians build a little chapel. The sun was falling, so we went back to the cruise. At this point, every single cent that I paid for my trip was worth it.

 

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Karnak Temple

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Karnak Temple
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Luxor Temple

 

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