Tony Blair, Tombs and Temples

Trip Start Dec 13, 2007
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Trip End Jan 06, 2008


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Guess who we saw today???? Only Tony Blair, walking straight past us at the  Deir al-Bahri temple of the West Bank of Luxor.

So what else did we get up to today appart from PM spotting, well aparently Scarcozi and the Portugese Pm are in town as well. We actually got of are arses and did something....we started the day about 7am and hired a car to drive us around all the west bank sites for the day. Pretty good idea as we were origanlly going to ride on motor bikes and I think we would of got bored of that after a why.

So of we went Templing and Tombing. First stop getting some cash as Costello forgot hers and a shop owner had to lend us some cash...opps. Next to the shop conviently locatted was our first site Colossi of Memmon, two huge giant pharoahs sitting on chairs. Aparently there were many before, but taken by Romans, Greeks etc..now only two but pretty good early photo oppotunity.

Onto Medinat Habu, now we thought there wouldn't be as many big temples as this and more tourists. The place was fantasic and Egypt ws starting to far out way my expectactions, hieroglyphics plastered over vertually everything avaliable and mind blowing massive columns erected 4000 years ago. So Habu another treat and not many tourists, where are they???

Onto Valley of the Queens and two tombs, Amunherkhepshef and Khaemwaset..more of a mixture of queens and princes. Actually the best was closed Nefetari, however the two were saw again out weighed expectations...small dusty tombs with amazing bright colours still again from around 2000bc..wow..wow..wow. Proper tomb raiding, low ceilings and amazing vibe..what must of the tomb diggers seen in the 1800s...

Onto Ramesseum, again what more can I say, big, impressive and no tourists. This place was built by building guru pharoah Rames II which buit most of the big temples...of himself of course. Theres an even big statue of him here but in pieces on the ground sadly...but the temple is fab.

Hungrey now so the driver took us for a quick break before moving on to Deir al-Bahri...now here was tourist hell..looks like all had decended here at once..i've got no idea why it wasn't even the best. However bizarrely while taking pictures of a random statue aimee said look over there...sure enough Tony Blair walking straight past us...check out the video on facebook.

Final big site for the day was the actual Valley of the Kings. We had read the Tutankhamun tomb was pretty rubbish, so sacked that off and our ticket gave us enterance to 3 tombs...we picked Tuthmosis III, Rameses III, Ramses IV. The first was a steep climb up the valley, up some steeps in a crack in the mountains, down one flight of stairs into the tomb and down further into other parts. These tombs had less colourful pictures then the queens, but far larger and some included the mummy coffins lick the next two. The final being one of the best, large tomb and coffin, cool hieros and stars on the ceiling as a passage to the afterlife...get in...pretty good day. We stopped of a smaller temple on the way back Seti I, nothing really compared to the sites of the day.

That night...well friday night we tried to find Egyptian night life..only a pub maybe more luck tomorrow???
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