Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings, Luxor

After our incredible hot air balloon ride, we were dropped back at our hotel where we rested for a few hours before heading to the buffet breakfast that was included in our stay.  It was one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever seen in my life.  They had a juice bar where you can choose your own fruits and veggies that you want.  Since my mom was feeling a bit under the weather, she had one made to help relieve her sore throat.  They also had delicious falafel and hummus, fresh bread and pastries, beans, crepes, pancakes, waffles, granola, cereals, fruits.  basically all the food you can imagine. It was delicious and I highly recommend staying here.

After breakfast we got picked up by our tour guide George, where we head out to start our tours of Luxor.  The first stop was to Colossi of Memnon, which were two massive statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep.  We saw these huge statues from the hot air balloon so it was cool to see them closer up.  Unfortunately, they aren’t in perfect shape since one fell down after an earth quake, but it has been put back together and is just missing some detail on the face.  But considering they are over 3,000 years old, they looked so cool!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our next stop was to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, which we had seen earlier in the day from above.  This temple was massive and we could spend quite some time here. It is considered one of the “incomparable monuments of Egypt”.  There are two layered terraces which are connected by a long ramp.  We enjoyed seeing the detailed depictions and stories carved on the walls, and the beautiful columns all around.  It was beautiful.  My main complaint were the aggressive sales people outside each temple, it is so easy to get overwhelmed, so I advise keeping your head down, not looking for things to buy, and just pass them.  It feels rude to ignore everyone but if you show any interest it turns to absolute carnage. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our next stop was Valley of the Kings, where rock tombs were escalated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles from the 16th and 11th century BC. The valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers. The royal tombs were decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology.  Unfortunately, almost all the tombs were opened and robbed in antiquity, except for the famous discover of the tomb of Tutankhamun, which is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.

The tombs here were built while the kings were still alive, so the longer the tomb, the older the kings.  Thus, King tuts tomb was pretty small, but nonetheless was filled with elaborate antiques and gold and jewels, which we got to see in the Cairo museum.  Included in the admission was three tombs.  All of which were super cool.  Because there is no sun exposure in the tombs, the paint is still vivid so you can see some beautiful colors.  It was amazing.

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After, we went to dinner which was at an amazing African restaurant with a beautiful sunset view.  I highly recommend eating here, it was called “Africa”.  Click here for more info and the address to this delicious spot. img_8320img_8315

After, we went back to the hotel to rest.  Lynda was feeling under the weather and wanted to stay home, so she had a relaxing night in due to her sore throat. Keith and I got a horse carriage arranged to take us to dinner.  We passed the Luxor temple that was lit up beautifully. I didn’t love how abused the horses look, and I probs wouldn’t recommend this activity to visitors, but it was arranged for us so it would have been awkward to say no.  Anyways, we went to another cute restaurant where I had my typical vegetarian meal of some soup, bread with tahini, and pasta with veggies.  They were so nice that they even wrapped up some warm soup and lemon for my mom to help with her throat.  It was a lovely ending an incredible day. IMG_8337.JPG

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