Greetings from Ancient Thebes

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in       11 years ago     324 Views     Comments Off on Greetings from Ancient Thebes  

Greetings from Luxor, Egypt. I am only taking a moment out of my busy day to write and say that this city is truly amazing. Though the street touts can be a bit aggressive and everyone is your friend or has been waiting your long arrival, its pretty good. Yesterday I visited the cult temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo. Edfu is dedicated to the god Horus and Kom Ombo dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek. They are both really interesting. After arriving in Luxor via the daily convoy from Aswan (6-hours total, including 1-hour stops at both temples) I took a quick look around the Luxor Temple. I also made arrangements for a hot air balloon ride this morning, which was AMAZING.

Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt 2007
Bas relief of Horus at the Temple of Horus at Edfu.


Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings

What was even more amazing was I was with a group of 15- Minnesotan students from St. Olaf's University. It was strange. Afterwards I visited the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only Queen to truly rule in Ancient Egypt. This temple is amazing, too. Very unique in design. From here I hiked up over the back of the Wadi and down into the Valley of the Kings. It is about a 40-minute hike but afforded some magnificent views of the surrounding region and an opportunity to look down on the temple of Deir el-Bahri. Terrifying!

Deir el Bahri, the Mortuary Temple of Queent Hatshepsut

Deir el Bahri, Egypt
Deir el Bahri, the Mortuary Temple of Queent Hatshepsut

Deir el Bahri, Egypt
Deir el Bahri, the Mortuary Temple of Queent Hatshepsut

Detail at Deir el Bahri, Egypt
Details at Deir el Bahri, the Mortuary Temple of Queent Hatshepsut

Deir el Bahri, the Mortuary Temple of Queent Hatshepsut

Statue of Ramses at Luxor Temple at night, Egypt
Statues of King Ramses II at the Luxor Temple

The Wadi around the Valley of the Kings

Abydos Temple, Egypt
At the temple of Abydos just to the north of Luxor.

Looking out over the Wadi's of the Valley of the Kings & middle Egypt The weather here is extremely hot. I don't care what the thermometer says, it's murder (about 91 today, though the official reading is at 76??? i don't know what that is about.). Tomorrow I have not definite plans. Time is coming to a close all to quickly. Monday night I take the night train back to Cairo, spend one more day there before flying to Jordan.


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