Aswan, Abu Simbel And A Felucca Down The Nile.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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Abu Simbel is right up near the Sudan border and we chose to visit it as an extra as the whole temple complex of Ramses II which he had carved out of a mountainside, was moved in the 1960's to protect it from being flooded by Lake Nasser when the Aswan High Dam was created. This was a massive operation requiring worldwide assistance
Ramses II really ordered up a treat when he had these temples built. They are covered inside with amazing art work that is still full of colour and the statues out the front are stunning in size and detail. He had around 70 wives and 200 children but he built a separate temple for his favourite wife Nefertari.
Back in Aswan we found that most of our other trip mates had come down with belly ache and were struggling. So far so good for us and we continued on with a tour of the Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple (on an island) and a quarry where they cut out amazingly big obelisks.
Sickness or not it was time to for our Felucca trip, except for Five of our trip mates who had upgraded to a cruise boat. The rest of us boarded and after a delicious lunch of dips and Egyptian bread, we set sail zigzagging across the Nile
It was a fabulous experience initially then at 5am the next morning Heather came down with the dreaded belly and Avan came down pretty simultaneously with a head cold. Fortunately for me the wind was up which meant that the days sailing was delayed and I had many trips down the gang plank, toilet paper in hand, heading for the bushes. I was not alone - most of the boat were suffering. Despite being unwell though there were fun times. Card games were played and we taught our guide Hany some "Australian isms". On the last night a bonfire and party was held on the beach. It was great to sail the Nile the authentic way.
Entry Fees : Abu Simbel (both Temples) 70 L.E
The Unfinished Obelisk 25 L.E
Philae Temple 40 L.E
Footnote: The Nubian Monuments From Abu Simbel To Philae are UNESCO World Heritage listed.