How could I not drop in and chat about my second home-Egypt...LOL (sure Loopy will be along soon as well
What do I say? How can I be neutral about this place. I'll try.
If you have ever liked anything to do with Ancient Egypt at all,
even when you were a child...THEN GO!!!!! The temples and monuments will be 300 % better than you expect or can get an idea of on ANY
documentary about the place, I promise!!
I did a 10 day Nile Cruise in 2001. We took an all inclusive package for meals and drinks and entry to all temples so we wouldn't have to bother about it when we were there.
We did...*The Valley of The Kings at Sunrise..
(went in Tutankhamun's tomb)
*Philae Island Temple..
*Karnak Temple...awesome!! You must see the sound and light show at night. (Voice overs by Richard Burton and Judy Dench)...I thought I was back there, 3 thousand years ago,,,lol
* Temple of Horus..
* The Aswan Dam..
* Kitchener Island
(just across from where they shot "Death On The Nile".
* Sailed in a felluca...
you have to try it
And the best for me personally......ABU SIMBEL
This is an extra trip that you pay for. Back then it was about £120 per person. I would have paid £1,200..!!!
Our cruise ship came back to Luxor for this trip. Went to bed early and took a 4am flight(on my own) from Luxor airport to Abu Simbel. Only takes about 30 minutes. I remember sitting in a window seat and seeing the temple from way up...looking like a dot, but lit up with spot lights.
A coach takes you to the temple(we're still in the dark here remember
), a short trip, you walk down from the car park and around what you think is a huge hill at the side of you.
WHEN you get round the other side....you realise that you are stood in front of Abu Simbel itself
I sat on a bench about 30 ft away from the temple and watched the sunrise. Every brick turned red as the sun hit it, nobody spoke, we just stood gobsmacked
I will NEVER forget it.(got goosebumps here)
I must have sat for an hour like this...just stunned. I didn't want to rush inside the temple and see everything...just wanted to tempt myself with what lay inside.
This was, as they say, the most awesome of Ramses II temples that he built. There was an international effort some years back to save Abu Simbel from being flooded by water. Many countries came and the temple was moved, slab by slab, and placed 300m back from the lake.
Ramses idea in building this temple was to scare away The Hittite Army from invading Egypt. I think he managed it!!!..lol
I know I have written a novel length post here but I can't help it when it comes to this subject(can you tell!!!
I hope some of it is useful to you....I must go back soon and see The Pyramids at Giza....not done that yet. Mum and Dad went and did a hot air balloon trip down the Nile at Sunset....it blew them away!!!! (not the balloon
AND THE BEST FOR ME....