Sunday, April 8, 2012

5Apr Luxor, Egypt

Our tour bus passed through numerous rugged mountain and hills for an hour.
There isn’t a single grass or tree on sandy rocky mountain ranges.
It was as if we were in a surface of the moon?
Another couple of hours of driving through desert and old country towns that reminds of somewhere Arizona or Wyoming.
Finally, we arrived in Luxor after three hour drive from Safaga where we docked this morning.
It was another big culture shock for me.
People still look like living in their own world with traditional costumes and unique cultures not affected by modern civilization.
I did, however, spot the mobile phones that many people using on the street.
Karnak temple was our first destination of historic Egypt.
Then, whoever has thought I would ever have lunch on the Nile River!
Town of Luxor where Karnak temple is on the east side of the river bank and the Valley of the Kings beyond lush palm trees on the other side of the river.
It was wonderful!
Ah! I must be dreaming!

Karnak Temple in Luxor

Karnak Temple in Luxor

Temple of Luxor

Temple of Luxor

Lunch on the Nile River cruise run by local hotel Sonesta St. George

Egyptian appetizers. Yum.

Valley of the Kings where 63 tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaos were discovered. No photography is allowed.

Souvenir tiles with paintings found on the walls in some of tombs.

Temple of Hatshepsut on Valley of the Queens

Two Memnons with background of Valley of the Kings

Love to have these golden chairs displayed on a big tourist shop in Luxor

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