Luxor Journals

Cruising the Nile

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A November 2008 trip to Luxor by MichaelJM

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Quote: Excited or what? This was a trip I've always wanted to do & as ever the planning was critical

Hatshepsut Temple - Deir el-Bahri

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Attraction | "What a magnificently built Temple "

Hatshepsut Temple - Deir el-Bahri Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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The temple of Queen Hatshepsut is only a short distance away from the Valley of the King’s and although we speculated that the Queen would have been excluded from the Valley this imposing building makes a much larger statement than the underground temples in the Valley of the Kings. The four of us had great difficulty in remembering how to pronounce the name of this Pharaoh and so decided on an English version by which we could remember she became "Hot Chip Soup". As pharaoh she ruled for over 20 years, some of these as co-ruler with Thutmose the third, the son of her husband and half-brother Thutmose the second. She declared herself Pharaoh in 1473 and, dressed in male clothing and sporti...Read More

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Hatshepsut Temple - Deir el-Bahri
West Bank
Luxor, Egypt

Valley of the Kings

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Attraction | "The underground tombs had perfectly preserved art-work"

Valley of the Kings Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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Our visit to the Valley of the Kings surrounded us, of course, with great excitement. These were the great burial grounds that were established by the 18th dynasty (1549 BC) when the Kings decided to abandon Memphis as their capital City. It continued to be used right through to the 20th Dynasty (1069 BC) and it’s hard to think, that despite tomb robbers these burials have retained much of their original beauty. The art work that waited for us below the ground was intensely beautiful 7 in amazing condition considering its age.Egypt’s rulers abandoned the pyramid tombs (more of them in a later review) and began cutting their burial chambers into the limestone rock in Thebes. It doesn’t go un-noti...Read More

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Valley of the Kings
West Bank of the Nile in the Theban Necropolis
Luxor, Egypt

Denderah Temple

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Attraction | "Denderah Temple - our introduction to Egypt"

Denderah Temple Photo, Egypt, Africa
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Our journey time from the Nile to Denderah Temple was only about 15 minutes but as seems customary for Egypt all the tour coaches had to leave in convoy. We were given a guard to the front and rear and we were very surprised that all the local traffic was halted whilst the buses passed through. Our guide promised to give a 10 minute talk on the rulers of ancient Egypt and in the shadow of this mighty temple we heard about the Pharoes, the Ptomelies and the Cleopatras (the seventh of which became the famous rules of Egypt). We were told about the frequent in fighting between the North and the South resulting, he claimed, with 70 rulers in as many days (known as Egypt’s "darkness years".The ...Read More

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Denderah Temple

Egypt, Africa

Ra II

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Attraction | "Cruising the Nile - the Best Way to Travel"

The Nile Photo, Egypt, Africa
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We’d never done a river cruise before (I exclude the one day overnight river trip on a rice boat in Kerala) – or indeed any type of cruise – so we weren’t sure what to expect. Arriving at Luxor airport at 11.00 pm the coach took our small party to the Nile. We were surprised when the majority of the passengers piled off the coach close to the centre of the town whilst the four of us and another couple were advised to stay on the bus as we headed out of town towards the mooring of the RA II. The coach crossed the Nile and after a fair distance on the main road took a sharp turn down a narrow pot-holed track. This was a private road exclusively used for the company operating the RA’s and clearly not des...Read More

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Planning our Trip

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Hatshepsut Temple - Deir el-Bahri Photo, Luxor, Egypt
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This was never going to be straight forward as we were embarking on a couple of new experiences.Firstly we were hoping to arrange a long and tourist packed holiday with a tour operator who must ensure guided excursions, decent quality accommodation at competitive prices. Secondly we were trying to co-ordinate the requirements of four people (we were intending to make this visit with two friends) and although our interests and needs were very similar there was always the chance that we’d have to consider some compromises on route.So we started with the well-tested format to plan any joint venture. An evening at home with the four of us enjoying a take-away and a glas...Read More