We drove through some of the most desolate areas I have ever seen, first through the mountains, then the desert and into the first small town of Kena and finally on to Luxor. It was a relief to see that this part of the country was much cleaner than
You noticed most of the farmers were doing all of the harvesting manually as very few have enough money to buy machinery. Again, it makes you very thankful for all we have in the States. I will say that there is one down side of being on a ship this large – too many people at these sites. We had over 1000 people all converging on the monuments and it was difficult to maneuver through the crowds.
Our first stop was the
There were lots of statues, hieroglyphics, and so on.
You could even still see the colors on many of the pillars. The temple was constructed over the course of 2000 years constantly being added on to bit by bit. We had just over an hour here which was barely enough time to take some photos while still trying to listen to our guide. It was sunny and hot and felt more like
After Karnak we made a brief, as in 2 minutes, stop at
It was then time to get back on the bus to go to the Valley of the Kings which dates to the
All I can say is that the tombs look as though someone painted them yesterday. The colors are so vibrant. We went into the tombs of Ramses I, III, and IX. Ramses the III had a tomb that seemed to go down and on forever. It is not easy to get down into the tombs as the shaft is very steep and you only have a wooden ramp with slats across it to help you down. There were small rooms off of the main shaft, some decorated, others not. The tomb of Ramses I had the most brightly colored tomb and it truly looked like the paint was still drying on the walls. It also still had the outer stone “vault” that held the sarcophagus. However, you had to go almost straight down 50+ steep steps in order to get to the chamber. It’s hard to imagine how these tombs were created with the tools that were available to the ancient Egyptians.
It was nearing sundown and time for us to leave. We did make one final stop at the Colossi of Memnon – two giant stone figures. It was then time to make the very long trip home. I did take that time to call my Dad and Hunter to see how things were going. I had hoped to take a bit of a nap, but that didn’t happen. I did chat with a nice gentleman from NY who is going on the full world voyage with his wife. We discussed the day and our thoughts on