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Tombs, Temples & Touts

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple


Luxor farmers market

Luxor farmers market

Sunset on the Nile

Sunset on the Nile


Boarded our cruise boat today to explore the upper Nile. Karnak and Luxor temples were incredible. Karnak had the best columns while Luxor had the best preserved statues. If lunch on the boat today is anything to go by, we are going to be sick of food by the end of day 2! One thing I am looking forward to travelling back to the ‘west’ is the no need for tipping every person under the sun!
Today the hawkers descended on our minibus before it even came to a complete stop and the door opened. A has become quite good at saying ‘no thanks’ in Arabic. T and I have just got good at ignoring them! The ultimate touting experience – 2 brothers on a row boat hooking themselves up to the cruise ship throwing pashmina scarves up to passengers and haggling.
The Valley of the Kings is really something to see. We entered 3 tombs, all lavishly decorated. The engineering is truly amazing. How they chiseled grand passage ways and rooms into hard rock is unbelievable.
Our guide, Ibrahim, took us to a real Egyptian farmers market, complete with goats, cows and sheep as well as fruits, vegies and spices. I felt as though I was in a National Geographic documentary. Craggy faced farmers with few teeth balancing boxes and baskets on their heads – and the best falafel we’ve ever tasted. Our last visit for the day was to Queen Hatsepshut Temple, a large, lavish temple carved into the side of a mountain. Apparently the Queen had a torrid love affair with the architect – and it shows!

Posted by adtamo 11:44 Archived in Egypt

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