|The Nile River at Luxor, Egypt|
That visit to Luxor was one of the selling points of last spring's cruise - our Magic Carpet Ride - through the Middle East that departed Bangkok,Thailand and sailed to Istanbul, Turkey. Although, truth be told we didn’t know that much about Luxor before we’d boarded the ship, I can tell you now that a day was no where near long enough to explore the treasures of this extraordinary place.
Luxor came to importance nearly 4,000 mind-boggling years ago,during the Middle Kingdom period (2055 – 1650 BC) when the then Upper Kingdom and Lower Kingdoms were united into one. Luxor, or Thebes, as it was then known, became the capital. The city grew and the Arabs are said to have renamed it ‘Luxor’ or “City of Palaces” because of its palaces and huge edifices. It remained the seat of power from 2100 BC to 750 BC.
|Modern highrise hotels like this one line the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt|
|Colossi of Memnon near Luxor, Egypt|
Cameras are not allowed (in fact, confiscated if used). That is a good thing because otherwise with the crush of people in those tiny little tomb entryways, we’d still be standing there while shutterbugs took aim at the ornately decorated walls.
A trip to this area requires both stamina to stand in the sun waiting a turn inside and an ability to walk some distances in the intense heat.
To appease the camera-totting among us, we had brief ‘photo stops’ at Hatshpsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon – I can tell you that the afternoon heat was so intense that only the shutterbugs hopped off the bus. Many opted to stay inside its air-conditioned comfort.
Memnon was the legendary African king who was slain by Achilles during the Trojan War. The Colossi are in front of the main entrance to an enormous funerary temple, the remains of which are being brought to light, according to our trusty Lonely Planet’s guidebook.Again, while we found the ‘sites’ to be fascinating, it was some of the ‘sights’ along the way that really caught our imaginations. Scenes along the Nile, where dozens of river boats sat idle had us wondering if it was because they didn’t come to life until evening or because tourism is at a record-low thanks to security concerns in the country.
|River boats docked along the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt|
|The Winter Palace Hotel - Luxor, Egypt|
|Luxor Temple Egypt|
We felt small and insignificant walking between these columns.
|The Scribe and The Scout at the avenue of the Sphinxes|
|Avenue of the Sphinxes excavation continues between Luxor and Karnak, Egypt|
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Jackie and Joel those columns are awe inspiring. What an amazing place to be at. And I'm pretty sure I've seen that hotel in the movies before no wonder you want to visit. I had to laugh at the line about the fashionistas. In the summer I wilt, it's practically impossible to get me out of the shade never mind dressing fashionably. Stay cool and hydrated.ReplyDelete
Another friend did ask me Mary how the weather compared to Greece and I said it was far more intense than July in Greece (which is a time that we head for the cool indoors about 10 a.m. and don't venture outside until 7 p.m.). Thanks much for the visit.Delete
love your photos. They really do capture the immensity of the statues.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by today Ann.Delete
Fascinating experience... And so interesting details, aspects; hotels near the valley! Wow, I think you're right feeling "small and insignificant" among those treasures of history!ReplyDelete
It was one of those 'never-to-be-forgotten' experiences - hope the world situation eases one day so others can experience it as well. Thanks for the visit -Delete
Beautiful. So glad you stopped by to share your photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/old-san-juan-pigeon-park.htmlReplyDelete
Thanks! Always nice to link up with image-in-ing!Delete
One of the places I dream to visit one day. I'm so jealous right now. I am looking forward to more photos.ReplyDelete
By the way, what cruise company are you using?
Oceania was the cruise line we were on. A number of cruise lines offer the repositioning cruises through that area but because of the Middle East conditions right now, they often skip a port or add a port. When we first booked the cruise, Luxor wasn't a stop, then it was a stop and we are most happy it got returned to the line up.Delete
Wow - I would love to go to Egypt one day but I do not do heat ... is there ever a time when it is less hot? And that juxtaposition between the modern and the ancient must be so weird to see! #TPThursdayReplyDelete
Well, there are times of less heat, but if you don't 'do heat' the Middle East any time of year, may not be the destination for you. The sun is intense! Thanks for stopping by today - most appreciated. #TPThursdayDelete
Jackie, I am rekindling my memories about Egypt thru your posts. Thanks for sharing! Feels so good.ReplyDelete
Glad to bring back great memories Ruth. Love it when someone says a post and the memories it brings 'feels so good'!Delete
A visit to Egypt is high on my list - I used to teach 6th grade history! But, it isn't even on Steve's list. Maybe I'll get one of my kids to go with me.ReplyDelete
You would absolutely be blown away - it is such an amazing place and seeing all these things 'up close and personal' is such an overwhelming experience!Delete
We spent four days in Luxor quite a few years ago - long before the downturn in tourism. We noticed that in the mornings we often had the place to ourselves but once the cruise ship tours started arriving it was bedlam. If you ever go back, stay for a few days and enjoy the solitude.ReplyDelete
Lyn, we were the only cruise ship around when we visited (a number we heard had eliminated the stop for security concerns) but there were plenty of buses of land tourists at the Valley of the Kings. . .but nothing like they used to have on a daily basis. Yes, if we get back to Luxor we will be tucked away in that Winter Palace for a few days. Thanks for the visit and suggestion to enjoy the solitude.Delete
Wow - 2016 could well be the year we visit Egypt thanks in large part to your posts igniting both our interest and imaginations. So much history to learn and absorb and your photos are amazing. The Avenue of sphinxes was especially interesting.ReplyDelete
It is so incredibly amazing, Anita. Even in writing these posts I've been thinking how much more there is to see and do there; we've only scratched the surface.Delete
Karnak is amazing! I loved our visit...Jackie and Joel, your photos bring me back to our amazing Egypt trip. And they are amazing, especially that sunburst...love it!ReplyDelete
We must return to Luxor sometime Corinne and visit Kamak as well as make return visits (hopefully at a cooler time of day) to the places we barely touched this last trip. Glad the photos bring back memories!Delete
WOW! Those columns are awesome, and I would feel exactly how you described, 'small and insignificant', next to their sheer strength, size and history! I feel like that when I'm visiting the Parthenon, as well, just unreal. No wonder they call such places the wonders of the world.ReplyDelete
Jackie, you and the Scout look so happy and excited...and of course cool, very cool, due to your dress code and your adventurous attitude, I'm sure!
We may look cool Poppy but I can assure you we were soaked with sweat! Thanks much for your visit, hugs, JackieReplyDelete
Hello, what an amazing trip! The sphinxes are so cool. Wonderful photos, nice to see you and the scout. Thanks for sharing your trip! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Eileen, always nice to hear from you. Have a great week yourself! xx JackieDelete
Great tour of the sites across Nile river.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Rajesh - always nice to see that you've stopped by. Happy travels this week! JackieDelete
The Valley of the Kings is on my bucket list. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
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Keep it on your list! It is an amazing place as is all of Egypt. So much to see - we must go back. Thanks for the comment; hope to see you back again! JackieDelete
A trip back down memory lane for me - lovely to be reminded. It's just the huge scale of things that's amazing isn't it? It's great to see the people in the photos to give that perspective. Enjoy the rest of your trip.ReplyDelete
You can't help but marvel at how they got those columns and statues constructed without any 'modern day' equipment. I suppose they used the most 'modern' techniques of the time, but still. . .it is amazing. Thanks much for the visit - hope to see you back again.Delete
Thanks for this post! Luxor has been on my bucket list forever...I'd love to stay in the Winter Palace Hotel too, and after your description of the afternoon heat at the tombs, will try to make that a priority as well. Someday!ReplyDelete
There is 'something' about that Winter Palace Hotel isn't there? It just calls out to the nostalgia of days gone by as well as my current travel itch. Thanks for stopping by~Delete
I was wondering how long it took to get from the cruise port to Luxor, so thank you for clarifying. I would love to visit there. The pictures that you were able to take are amazing. I guess I'll have to wait to see the inside of the Valley of the Kings tombs in person.ReplyDelete
You are so right that a day is not enough!ReplyDelete
So on my to-do-list!ReplyDelete
I was simply fascinated by the sphinxes and columns of Luxor, this is so much fun seeing (most) of what you do through your camera.ReplyDelete
Despite the intense heat, you managed to see a lot and take wonderful photos. Although it's frustrating to have to cram so much into a day, it's nice that you had this "taste" of Luxor!ReplyDelete
It's always hard having to cram lots into a day, when there is So much to see, but it's great that you saw the sphinxes and columns of Luxor, which I'd loved to do one day too. Your pics took me on a nice couchy journey though!ReplyDelete