The city of the Kings

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

After Giza where the great pyramids are found, Luxor is by far the most exciting place to visit for an Egyptian history enthusiast. The place is full of temples of all kinds and it's also home to the Valley of the Kings. The greatest Pharaohs of Egypt have all left their mark in Luxor.

The very first Pharaohs were the great pyramid builders. The pyramids they built were used both as a funeral monument and a temple to their own glory. While those mighty constructions showed the Pharaohs' power to the world, they also told the tomb robbers where to look for so they could lay their hands on the greatest treasures of their time.

To prevent their tombs from being robbed, the Pharaohs of the next dynasties came up with the idea of building temples separate from their actual tomb. That way their subjects could still worship them and their tomb location remained secret. And it made it much more difficult for the tomb raiders to find them. The secret place where they were all hidden is now known as the Valley of the kings.

Here's a true story. I only had a couple days to spend in Luxor and I wanted to make the most of it so I decided to take part of an organized tour. That's something I very rarely do. Less than an hour after my arrival in Luxor I was on the tour bus headed to the first temple. It was a very busy day (that's why I don't like those organized tours !!!) and the sun had already set for a while when we finally got to the Luxor Temple. It was fine since it's actually best visited at night. The temple was very impressive and I got away from the group for a couple minutes to take a last picture a row of sphinx the like of which I had never seen anywhere else in Egypt. It had been a little bit of a rushy day but all in all I was happy with the tour. That was until I returned to meet the group. There was no one to be found. Everyone was gone. I couldn't believe it. My guide had left me behind !!! Here I was, late at night, alone, and my bus was gone. To make matters worse, I didn't even know the name of my hotel. Normally, as soon as I get to my hotel I take their business card. That's often the only way you can tell a taxi driver where you're staying, especially in Arabic. But this time I was too much in a hurry to get in the tour bus and forgot to take a card. Now my only way to get home was a taxi but to go where?!? Not easy to negotiate a good fare when you don't know where you're going. LOL. I had a rough idea of which area of the city my hotel was in and I remembered seeing a Kentucky Fried Chicken not too far away from it (thanks God for KFC). With that bit of knowledge, some body language and a lot of luck I finally made it to my hotel. What a night !

Andre.
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tobe
tobe on

Les plus laches du monde
Salut André,

Je me suis bien amusé a regarder le video des hommes qui pelletaient de la terre, mais je regrette, je ne suis pas d'accord avec toi, ce ne sont pas les plus laches du monde, tu a oublié ceux de la voirie, ils seraient deux a regarder l'autre pelleter :-)

Bye

Tobe

andremaheux
andremaheux on

Re: Les plus laches du monde
Tu as bien raison Tobe, je n'avais pas pense a ca. Ca aurait pu etre pire. Ils auraient pu simplement le regarder pelleter tout en transpirant un peu pour lui. Hahaha.

A bien y penser j'aurais aussi pu l'intituler 'L'homme le plus syndicaliste du monde', celui qui refuse de pelleter seul. LOL

Andre.

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