The last few days have been an adventure since leaving Cairo and Alexandria. In Alexandria we had a faboulous seafood lunch, a must do when in Alexandria, being close to the sea. The next day saw us travelling back to. Cairo to visit the Antiquities museum for a few hours, wonderful to see the tomb that Tutankaram (1353bc) was found in, as well as all the wonderful jewellery, statues and mummies dating back to 3,000 BC. The museum is heavily guarded by the army, mainly to keep the peace and to protect all of the ancient antiques inside the museum. The museum is situated opposite the square where all the protests and demonstrations take place in Cairo.
Late afternoon we visited a little village tucked away in Cairo to have a grilled chicken lunch then travelled to the train station to board the train at 8 pm travelling to Aswan.
Our train to take us to Aswan.
After lunch our tour group was on the hunt for some alcohol and ice to have on the train, after a search, their mission was accomplished. We were all allocated a sleeper carriage. meals were served in our carriages and comprised of dinner and breakfast. The journey to Aswan from Cairo is 13 hours. We arrived into Aswan at 1030am and the was driven to our hotel to check in. The temperature was hot at 40 degree's, 10 degrees hotter than Cairo and Alexandria.
The view from our hotel in Aswan.
The narrow walkways in the Nubian village. The houses are built with a barn attached so that the animals are housed close to the family.
Our host, Mahmoud a Nubian local.
The next day we travelled by air to Abu Simbel, and visit Ramses II temple.
The second temple in Abu Simbel is close to Ramese II , this temple was built for his beautiful queen " Nefertary"
This is not the original site where the Egyptians first built Abu Simbel.
Below is the hotel " Cataract", where Agatha Christie, wrote "Death on the Nile"
After our visit we flew back to Aswan, checked out of our hotel to board our boat for the Nile cruise. No complaints so far our trip has been first class all the way, delighted to find out that our group was treated as VIP's on the cruise ship, top deck.
After we were settled into our rooms, our guide took us to do battle in the local market with the store keepers, time to shop for some souvenirs. Believe me not a pleasant experience, although not many tourists, the stall holders are persistent.
Tony sitting with Mudi, enjoying a shi sha, waiting for us girls to finish shopping
Each morning on the cruise ship with our room being cleaned, we were left a surprise by our cabin attendents.
We were entertained by a belly dancer and a man that twirled like a spinning top for 10 mins, amazing!
This dance is called "tamuoro".
Tony and Leslie was also picked to be part of the show with one angry man! I have not laughed so much in a long time, the participants were not well behaved
Monday morning our van picked us up to drive us the Valley of the Kings.
After visiting Hatshbsut we went to an alabaster factory and was entertained by a chorus of men! Delightful!
This was the only photo allowed, the entry to Valley of the Kings, no photos could be taken inside the tombs, we visited 3 tombs and was amazed at how the drawings are still brightly coloured. I purchased a book to identify each tomb and the historical facts is also included.
Our next visit was Hatshbsut Temple, the only female king who ruled for 20 years, dressed as a man and achieved many great things before she was killed.
Our next stop was the Colossus of Memion, they stand 13 metres high.
Tuesday we visited Karnak Temple, so different to the other temples, the pillars were amazing.
Below is Keheber, god of good luck beetle. Legend has if you walk around the beetle 7 times your wish will be granted.
A last evening enjoyed with our new American friends, Leslie and Kisha, enjoying shi sha!, I had a puff and was surprised at how smooth the lemon and mint tobacco was!
Farewell Egypt, hello Turkey.