Day 29: Ballooning & Karnak TempleApril 3, 2011 in Egypt
Super early start this morning, as we did a hot air balloon ride over the city at dawn! Amazing experience and very smooth - I was expecting it to feel unstable or perhaps even a little unsafe, but it's honestly like riding an elevator! We drifted eastwards over the Nile and then over the city proper, eventually landing in a small field - the captain joked whether we wanted an American landing (smooth), or an Egyptian landing (plonk)! Thankfully it was pretty smooth.
The rest of the day was spent at Karnak Temple, which is the largest and best-preserved of all the ancient temples. It's absolutely enormous, and still in pretty good shape which is nice! But at this point it had been several straight days of ancient temples, and as beautiful and amazing as they are, it was definitely time for a break. Which was exactly what we were getting!
Late in the evening we boarded an overnight train bound for Cairo, where we would pick up a minibus to Alexandria the following morning.Read more