Valley of the Kings

Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
Trip End Mar 24, 2008

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Melodie (Boat)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Riding donkeys, colourful tombs, temples, dust, sun, shopping at the market and then the train to Alexandria to finish the day.

I am so tired.  Another early morning.  We woke at 5am to leave for the Valley of the Kings at 5.45am.  As we had showers one after each other, the bathroom became a giant bath.  Not so good when your feet are in the same water as the toilet brush and floating bin (remember that you can't flush toilet paper)!

We took a boat across to the West Bank.  It was beautiful to see the sun rise with at least 10 hot air balloons floating peacefully above the Desert Mountains.

We mounted our fine steeds (donkeys) to ride the 7km to the Valley of the Kings.  It was quite funny to see mum trying to get on.  I didn't think she'd get on but she took the donkey to the kerb and managed to get on.   We were taught the commands - Ooosh to Stop and Yalla to Go - but I think that the donkeys were deaf as they didn't pay any attention to verbal commands.  We had one lady fall and she had quite a big bruise and she was so scared and pretty much yelled Ooosh the whole time.  My donkey stopped suddenly for a feed and someone knocked my foot as they rode past.  I was thrown off balance and thought I would fall so slid down instead of falling.

The donkeys jostle for positioning the whole way.  Part of the way you are riding through the little town.  At one point a bus went past and missed my foot by about 10 cm.  Then when we were off the road, there was a dirty big canal along side us.  My donkey kept wanting to overtake and I could just envisage falling off into the dirty canal.  I think I'd prefer to break an arm falling on the road rather than in the disgusting canal!

It was a very long 7km and I think I bruised my behind (I am being polite).

We went into the tombs of Ramses 4, Ramses 9 and Ramses 1.  Mum was really surprised and impressed with the colors.  She had no idea that they remained so vivid.  The tombs at Valley of the Kings are different to other tombs as the walls are really white, which makes the colors (which are so well preserved) stand out even more.  It is very impressive.

Mum was a real trooper as there were lots more steps and she did them without complaint.  I really didn't think she would go into some of the tombs.

Nobody wanted to ride the donkeys back so we went by mini bus.  We also visited the temple of Hatchepsut.  There were some colorful pictures but it was so so hot and very little shade.  Lots more steps.

We had the opportunity to go to the workers tombs and another temple but mum was so tired and didn't want to climb any more stairs.  I stayed with her.  I was a bit disappointed that I didn't go in the Workers tombs as the others said that the workers saved their best work for themselves and it was more colorful and beautiful than the tombs of the Kings.

When we got back to Luxor, we went to the markets again with Deb who showed us where to purchase things and bargained the price for us.  Mum finally bought someting! Material to make a dress.  It is so nice to shop without being hassled.

It was so hot and dusty.  You cannot imagine how dirty I feel.  I am coated in dust, which feels like it has been stuck to me by sweat.  I can feel dust in my nose, eyes, hair and all over me.  I feel so dirty but there is no opportunity to have a shower before we leave on the sleeper train to Cairo.

We left at 8.10pm.  The meal on board the sleeper train made aeroplane food seem like gourmet.  It was so bad.  I think cardboard would have been more tasty.
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