Luxor Journals

Xploring Luxor, Egypt

A February 1990 trip to Luxor by the Xplorer

Touring by Bike Photo, Luxor, Egypt More Photos
Quote: Luxor is so different from Cairo because it's not a very big city but it packs one of the biggest punches in all of the Middle East.

Xploring Luxor, Egypt

Overview

Luxor Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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At trip to Luxor will make you feel like you have unwrapped one of the mysteries of the ancient world. From the moment you arrive you will notice that this is not just another ordinary middle eastern town. Luxor is a walk through history and a place to experiment Egyptian culture at its best. If you are a fan of ancient architecture you may not be able to find a better place on this planet to explore and discover such old structures, still in surprisingly decent shape. Tombs and monuments honoring the dead and the slow flowing Nile that separates Luxor from the dry valley of the Kings and Queens are among the best highlights.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Luxor is not very h...Read More

Vegetarian Dining

Restaurant | "Vegetarian Eats"

Vegetarian Dining Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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There were four of us traveling in Luxor and we all decided that we'd stick to a vegetarian diet for safety reasons so as to avoid any possible illnesses while traveling. We were pleasently surprised to find one of the most delicious dishes in the area was easy to find and vegetarian! It was called "Kusheri" and we ate it every day. It was nutritious and extremely cheap to buy, too. We could get a big bowl of Kusheri and a Coke for under a buck. What is Kusheri? It consists of rice, lentils, pasta elbows, spaghetti and fried onions, topped off with a tomato sauce and salted to taste. Delicious! The dining experience was another thing. This one restaurant we ate at was on the second floor of t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Vegetarian Dining
Throughout Luxor
Luxor, Egypt

Temple Touring

Attraction

Temple Touring Photo, Luxor, Egypt
Quote:
The Temples are impressive. Knowing that the temples are thousands of years old and seeing what the Egyptians were accomplishing so long ago gives you goosebumps before you even enter the grounds. The long row of lions that flank the entrance to the Temple of Luxor help one appreciate how grand this temple was at the height of its time. The architecture is very symetrical as you approach, and you will immediately notice that there is only one towering obelisk where you would expect two. Soon, you read and discover that the other one was taken by the French a long time ago and now stands in Paris in the Place de Concorde. Finders keepers? The Temple of Karnak is impressive...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Temple Touring
Temple of Luxor/Karnak
Luxor, Egypt

Touring by Bike

Attraction

Touring by Bike Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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Having visited so many corners of the world, I will always look back to our visit to Luxor as one of the best. We decided we wanted to rent bicycles and explore the city and ruins in this fashion. The four of us that were traveling found a shop that rented us four old bikes that I would estimate as being 20 or 30 years old. They worked and that was important. The scary part was that to take them we had to leave one of our passports as a "deposit". We were on our way. Touring by bike enabled us to see parts of the city and countryside that otherwise would never have been seen. We drove through the country and had little kids running, following us for long distances, fascinated that a tourist h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Touring by Bike
Street Vendors
Luxor, Egypt

Valley of the Dead

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Valley of the Dead Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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The Valley of the Dead contains many tombs of the ancient Kings and Queens of thousands of years ago. This area is sparsely populated and we discovered that we could cover enough ground with our bikes and have enough time to get back to our hotel in Luxor. There are temples and tombs scattered throughout the valley and most of them can be explored and visited. My personal favorite was in the Valley of the Queens, The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. A temple that seems to come out of the mountain side with a huge set of royal steps leading to the temple. This particular temple was having some renovation work to it, and as we pulled upon our bikes we discovered that it was being guarded by armed soldie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Valley of the Dead
The desert
Luxor, Egypt

Crossing the Nile

Story/Tip

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Luxor sits on the edge of the Nile River, a wide, but shallow river that separates Luxor from the Valley of the Kings and Queens. We had rented bicycles and had wandered way off the typical path when we decided we wanted to cross over to the other side of the river. We had no idea how to accomplish this but we knew there was more stuff to see on the other side. As the four of us sat on the side of the road pondering this problem, an Egyptian man walked up to us and asked us if we needed any help. He spoke a very broken English but enough for us to communicate. We told him we wanted to cross the river. He told us he could help us and he led us down river a few yards to a spot where he could sc...Read More