We've made it to Luxor
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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An interesting taxi ride took us to the West Bank area where we were staying in a small local guest house run by a French lady, Eleanor, and her Egyptian Business Partner
A quick soft drink and Eleanor kindly took us to the Nile river bank where we caught a local boat to the East Bank, accompanied by an Italian couple who had just arrived at the guest house. We decided not to go into either the Luxor Temple or Museum, but instead to walk around the town. We were hassled for carriage or felucca rides a lot, but a firm 'No’ usually had the desired affect! The suggested restaurant for supper was a huge success and after a delicious meal and mint tea, we made our way back via the ferry (bit like the Star Ferry in Hong Kong for those who may have experienced this) and a taxi ride to the guest house. The end of yet another busy day!
September 19 2010. A day off from flying and a chance to stretch our legs. We decided to spend the day on the West Bank and visit the Valley of the Nobles and then the Kings
Next to the Valley of the Kings. As this was a few kms away, we started walking but eventually succumbed to taking a taxi the rest of the way. We negotiated what we considered was a good rate, only LE60 for the drive up, the driver to wait for us for 1.5 hrs and then take us back to the Medinat Habu. Again, no photos allowed which was a pity considering the beauty of the area and the tombs. A general admission ticket allowed access to three tombs so with a tourist information guide’s help we settled on Tuthmosis III, Tawosret/Sethnakht and Ramses III. The middle of these was the most impressive, perhaprs because Tawosret was a woman!
Patrick needed to print out some airport information for tomorrow’s flight so we went into the local town (Al-Gezira) to find an internet café. On the second attempt we found one with printing facilities
The Lonely Planet Guide for Luxor just about got everything right regarding the West Bank. The Medinat Habu, the Valley of the Nobles, the restaurant and the accommodation were all specifically mentioned and excellent.
It seems that the locals associated "luvvely jubbely" and “walk like an Egyptian” with English people, as both these phrases were used an awful lot to us…
- The Valley of the Kings has another name which includes the word for a dried up river bed – what is this word?
- The tombs in the Valleys are carved out of rugged limestone cliffs – how is limestone formed?