October 5 – One more temple
After leaving our ship and packing up our luggage onto the bus we took a boat ride to see the Temple of Philae. This is reputed to be the burial ground of the god Osiris, god of the underground who often appears with a green face.
We then returned to Cairo for our last night in Egypt. We said goodbye to those flying home or onto Kenya.
October 6 was a travel day. We headed to the airport in Cairo ad flew to Amman Jordan to meet up with our guide, Omar and the 5 who flew in from the states. A good portion of the day was spent at the airport looking for lost luggage. We finally left without it and drove the 3 hours to the Movenpick Petra.
October 3 – Temples, Temples and more Temples
After breakfast we were picked up at the dock by horse drawn carriages to visit the Temple of Horus. It was built between 237 and 57 BC and reveals the god depicted as a falcon. Horus was considered to be the god of the sky ad the god of war,
We returned to our ship and set sail for Kom Ombo. There we viewed the temples dedicated to Apollo, Isis and Sobek, the crocodile headed god. The architecture is imposing and some of the original color, although over 2000 years old, is still observable on the columns. We returned to the ship for dinner and our overnight sail to Aswan.
October 2 – Visit to the Valley of the Kings
After breakfast we left the ship to visit the Valley of the Kings where the pharaohs were entombed after pyramids were no longer erected.
The temple of Queen Hatsheput is an example of more classical and less gargantuan architecture. Inside the temple are a series of reliefs telling the story of the divine birth of a female pharaoh.
After visiting the enormous structures of the Colossi of Memnon, erected about 3400 years ago,
We then returned to our boat for lunch. We set sail for Esna to cross the lock and sail to Edfu.
October 1 – Flight to Luxor
This morning after breakfast we headed to the airport for our flight to Luxor.
After our 1 hour flight we visited the Temple of Karnak
Then onto the Luxor Museum where I had hoped to see the head of the Golden Calf only to find out they had moved it to the new Museum that will not open for another couple of years. However, it was still a nice visit.
Next we checked onto our river boat the Royal Escadora for lunch and relaxation
before heading to the Luxor Temple in the evening.
September 30 – The day of Holy Sites
Today we concentrated on Old Cairo first visiting the Coptic Church of St Sergis where by tradition the Holy Family and Jesus sought shelter during their flight into Egypt
Next was the Hanging Church
Visiting the Alabaster Mosque was interesting
We ended our day with a visit to the Bazaar to bye spices or relax
I promise I didn’t inhale
Now back to the hotel to pack and get ready for our next adventure
September 29 – Pyramid day
Today was our day to visit the Pyramids of Egypt starting off with the Great Pyramids of Giza. Most of our group climbed up and went thru the Pyramid of Khufu.
Of course we couldn’t miss the Sphinx
After lunch on the bus we drove to see the Red ad Bent Pyramid
We then visited Memphis to see the stature of Ramessess that is laying down. The last time I saw it it was on the open ground but now they have built a building around him.
This is also where we saw the Alabaster Sphnix
After dinner we went back to the Great Pyramids for the Sound and Light Show
This was a very long day so back to the hotel and bed
After being awake for 30+ hours I touched down in Cairo.. I was very happy to see Ayman holding up the On Wings of Eagles sign before I even got to passport control. After picking up my luggage we met Doron who was waiting at the passenger entrance area I was more than ready to wind down with a glass of wine on my balcony and then a good night;s sleep