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  • Day8

    Valley of the Kings

    May 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    This morning was very special. We got up at 3.15 am to go ballooning over the Valley of the Kings. All I can say is “wow”!

    We were in a basket with a bunch of giggling Japanese girls, some Brits, an Aussie and a delightful Brazilian guy.

    Our balloon was the first one up, and we soared high above the other balloons, then rotated to view the Nile and the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Hatshepsut’s Temple was large and spectacular.

    Watching the sunrise over the Nile was surreal.

    We landed in a desert region just before 6am, and the process of the team to pack up was amazing. Little boys came surging toward us on donkeys, but our ballon pilot warned us not to give them money, as they would start fighting if they all didn’t get some...

    We were collected by Hany and our driver, and had our packed breakfast in a cafe, with hot sweet mint tea, which was delicious! Then, off to our next adventure...
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  • Day8

    Part two: Valley of the Kings

    May 15, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    After breakfast, we headed to the Valley of the Kings. So called because over sixty Pharoahs were entombed here. The day was very hot - at 6.30am is was already 36 degrees, so we had to pace ourselves. We entered three tombs here, unfortunately the tomb of Tutankhamen was not one of them.

    The first tomb was of Rameses IV, it was very colourful and short, as he died not long into the building of the tomb, which starts on their day of accession, until 70 after their death (the length of time of the mummification process). Some of the tombs are larger, and deeper with lots of elaborate glyphs and colour.

    Tutankhamen ‘s tomb was undiscovered until 1922 due to having a later pharoah’s tomb built on top. His mummified remain are inside, the only ones left in situ. Photos are not allowed inside, even with the exorbitant photography pass!
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  • Day7

    Valley of the Kings and Queens

    March 10 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Settled into the Royal Lily but before we leave Luxor there are some more temples to visit, namely the Valley of the Kings and Queens

    In the Valley of the Kings we visited 4 tombs. When a king (pharoah) comes into power, workers are commissioned to prepare the burial tomb. Digging, cutting, decorating each chamber and moving on. As soon as the pharoah dies, work ceases and is prepared for the burial. So if a pharoah lives a long time, the burial chamber can be quite long. Some of them are beautifully ornate.

    Next we visited the Temple of Hatshepsut ( say Hat cheap suit), a mortuary temple of the Pharoah Hatshepsut. It is quite an impressive building cut into the rocky cliffs.

    Final stop was Valley of the Queens which is much the same as Valley of the Kings but is the burial place for wives of pharoahs. One tomb even held the miscarried fetus of a pharoahs wife. Incredible to see the colours on the scenes are so well preserved.

    Back on the boat for lunch and we set sail for Edfu. A very relaxing afternoon after the busy morning.
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  • Day3

    Temples, Tombs and Trinkets

    January 7 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    As I’m writing this it is 8.15pm on 7th Jan and we are cruising down the river Nile. It’s dark, but there are locals outside my window yelling out “holá” every 30 seconds. They are in small motor boats, powering along - or actually attached to our cruise ship by a rope - and are selling things! The idea is that they throw it to you, and if you like it then you throw the money down. Hectic!

    This morning was chilly and brisk as we crossed the Nile in colourful motor boats. Before we knew it, we were in the Valley of the Queens.

    Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple was amazing. Three levels of this queen proclaiming that she was actually the daughter of Amun, and thereby proving she should be Pharaoh. There is even a scene of Hatshepsut drinking milk from the udder of Hathor to further prove that point. Medhat explained exactly how it all went down, and boy were there some crazy family dramas!

    Just to add to her deity relationship claim, this temple is directly in alignment with Karnak (we visited yesterday). This just adds to her father claim, basically saying - see that’s my Dad’s temple just over there, we are so connected.

    We zoomed onto the Valley of the Kings! It’s easy to see why they chose to bury their pharaohs (and all their gold) in these mountains. You would never know a tomb was waiting behind all of those rocks. And what’s amazing is that there would be possibly hundreds more tombs waiting to be found in the mountain!

    Tutankhamen’s tomb. The most famous in the world - but not the most beautiful one we saw today. It’s quite small actually. It’s still hard to believe that I saw Tutankhamen’s ACTUAL mummified head today. So so so so many videos, textbooks, YouTube videos, BBC specials and National Geographic articles about the boy king - and I saw it today. To tell you the truth, I still expected it to be glimmering and gold, even though I knew it was all taken to the Cairo museum.

    We saw three other tombs in the Valley. Each was different and kind of the same. Merenptah’s has 2x sarcophagi because he thought the first one was ugly! When they built tombs, it was a big secret to everyone where they were located. So this meant that when they were building Rameses’ IX tomb they actually bumped into another tombs wall! They made a quick turn (very unusual in tombs!) and continued on!

    The day continued....

    We visited an Alabaster workshop and were entertained by a show and tell that had a strangely similar vibe to a seal show at Sea World; each worker was applauded after showing us their certain skill. The owner promised us a good special price as we are family. We are suckers. Medhat said our bargaining was “almost good”. I think a drop from 5000 to 2000 is still pretty good though.

    Our last big adventure for the day (and this is all before our 3pm lunch) was the temple at Luxor. Amazing. Incredible. These Egyptians knew a thing about building. But this has a super bizarre element! Right at the back, a Coptic Church had decided to repurpose the building. In doing so, they just plastered saintly painting straight over the hieroglyphs - and the remnants are still there! It’s strange how much they just didn’t care about the ancient buildings!

    Back to the boat. We set sail. Saw a sunset over the Nile and are heading to Edfu tomorrow.
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  • Day101

    Louxor 2

    November 13, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Journée sur la rive Ouest du Nil, où se trouve la plus grande partie des sites archéologiques. Visite du temple mortuaire de Hatshepsut, une femme phararon (pharaonne?) du 2e millénaire avant JC. Chaleur écrasante dans la Vallée des rois. Les peintures des tombes sont dans un état remarquable. Bon, on ne comprend rien à toutes ces petits hiéroglyphes qui recouvrent les murs... mais ça fait un petit effet déco sympathique. Pour terminer on cherche de l'ombre au magnifique temple de Medinet Habu et on retraverse le Nil en bateau. A la fin c'était un peu le bazar, le guide a failli étrangler un touriste chinois qui était pris dans une frénésie photographique interminable pile au moment de partir et des Américains qui voulaient absolument aller au McDo. Un Egyptien expliquait à des Coréens qu'ici les gens aimaient deux choses : le hashish et la bière. Ah bon?Read more

  • Day2

    Memnon-Kolosse

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Die Memnonkolosse sind zwei nebeneinander stehende altägyptische Kolossalstatuen aus dem 14. Jahrhundert v. Chr. Sie befinden sich im Niltal unweit des Tals der Könige in Theben-West. Die Statuen befanden sich in der Vergangenheit vor den Pylonen des Eingangs zum Tempel des Amenophis III. (ägyptischAmenhotep III.), eines Pharaos der 18. Dynastie.Read more

  • Day2

    Hatschepsut, Ägypten

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Der Totentempel der Hatschepsut stammt aus der 18. Dynastie und ist der am besten erhaltene Tempel in Deir el-Bahari am Westufer des Nil in Theben. Auffällig ist seine eigenwillige Architektur. Die Pylone sind durch offene Pfeilerhallen am Anfang je einer Terrasse ersetzt. Der gesamte Tempel ist aus Kalkstein errichtet.
    Bild 1: Osiris-Säulen
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  • Day2

    Tal der Könige, Ägypten

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Das Tal der Könige – gelegen in der Nähe des altägyptischen Theben, heute etwa 5 km nordwestlich des Zentrums der oberägyptischen Stadt Luxor – war eine Nekropole im Alten Ägypten, in der bis heute 64 Gräber und Gruben aufgefunden wurden.Read more

  • Day2

    Hathor-Kapelle

    November 27, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Links neben der Punthalle (Goldland=Punt)des Hatschepsut-Tempels gibt es einen kleinen Portikus vor der Hathor-Kapelle. Die mittleren Säulen sind mit Hathor-Kapitellen geschmückt. Dieser Portikus öffnet sich innen in ein Vestibül, durch das man in die Säulenhalle der Kapelle gelangt. Read more

  • Day11

    Valley of the Kings/Temple of Hatshepsut

    January 19, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    Off to the West Bank today to visit the Valley of the Kings. Photos are very limited unless you buy the photo ticket for 300 LE. As our entry ticket only included 3 tombs, I opted out and spent 250 LE instead to visit the tomb of King Tut where his mummy lies in an environment controlled glass (or some other clear material) box. But let's save Tut for later.

    The valley was hidden for a long time from the general public back then to protect the tombs of the kings from looters, but these tombs required a lot of workers. So how was it kept a secret for so long? Well, we tossed around a few (and cruel) ideas, but it turns out the 1st king built a village on the far side of the valley for the artisans, workers and their families so that they could live there and never return to the East Bank to tell anyone.

    I think the Valley of the Kings has one of the best visitor centres. There's a full model showing the valley and the locations of the tombs underneath so you could see how deep and how long each was. Today, we would visit the tombs of Tausert/Setnakht, Ramses III and Merenptah. Each of these tombs had colored hieroglyphics in their tunnels and burial chambers, some still quite vivid. My favorite was that of Ramses III, there was just something about the decor in the tunnel leading down into the chamber.

    The story of Tausert and Setnakht is an interesting one. Long story short, Queen Tausert first rested there, and Setnakht was cutting his tomb somewhere else, when he ran into a problem where this tomb would break through the walls of another king, so he looked nearby and decided to take over that of Tausert. Merenptah would later cut his tomb from where Setnakht originally left off, but shifted the tunnel over as to not break the wall of another tomb. At least, that's what my memory recalls. Our guide also trained as an Egyptologist so he was full of information.

    Leaving the Valley of the Kings, we headed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, another impressive complex where we had plenty of time to wander. Where we hadn't taken photos of colored hieroglyphics earlier, we certainly could here.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Wādī al Jadīd, Muhafazat al Wadi al Jadid, New Valley, محافظة الوادي الجديد, UVL

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