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    • Day5

      Welcome to Assuan 🛳️

      September 10, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

      So es feins z Morge wie im Mövenpick Hotel hend mier scho lang nümm gha. Immerhin hend mir scho zimmlich gschnell de Kaffe becho... nur leider ischer dasmal nid fein gsi 😅. Nachem Uschecke wärded mier zu üsem Nile Cruise Schiff gfahre d "blue Shadow II". Üse dütschi guide warted hie scho uf üs und erklährt üs s schiff. S erste zmittag an Bord isch OK gsi und so verzichted mier au schön brav, wie üs Kuoni gseit het, uf Salat und ungschälts Gmües. Üsi Kabine isch chli, gmüetlich und erfüllt ihre zwäck. Nachere Siesta gads los zu nem Nubien Dorf. Mier fahred ei Stund ufem Motorböötli und gsend det scho unglaublich villi schöni Landschafte. Im Dorf acho, gönd mir uf en Tee zunere Familie, und gsend det sogar iri Hustier (die arme Krokodil 😯). Grad bi Sunneuntergang fahred mier wider los zrugg id Stadt und laifed no chli dur d Gasse vo Assuan. Nach dem schöne Usflug, sind mier froh wider zrugg bi üse Schiff z sii und gniessed de Abig ufem Boot.Read more

    • Day16

      Temple de Philae

      October 19, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

      Décider la veille d'aller au temple et partager les mini.bus, bateau avec Julien canadien trop sympa qui voyage pour 3 mois (et part en Inde prochainement)

      Aller en excursion c'est rejoindre la route principale
      Grimper dans un mini bus blanc
      Payer 2pounds (sans rien demander pour faire comme les locaux)
      Te manifester quand tu veux descendre
      Marcher
      Négocier le prix d'un bateau (qui est à 200pounds) et essayer de le partager avec d'autres (mais ils sont tous accompagnés d'un tour operator ou un guide privé. hallucinant!)
      Et finalement tomber sur un guide trop gentil avec un groupe d'Australiens

      Ce temple est d'une beauté
      Sur une île au milieu du Nil
      Et les chats...mamamia!
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      Traveler

      Impressionnant !

      11/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      C'est tellement magnifique! Ça me donne envie :)

      11/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      tres belles photos !!

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    • Day6

      Leinen Los.. 🏝️🚢

      September 11, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

      Vor de grosse Hitz gönd mier scho los und bsueched de Staudamm vo Assuan. Hinderem Staudamm gseht mer de Nassersee wo wägem Staudamm entstande isch. Üse dütschi Füerer verzellt üs, vo de entstehig und vom Bau vom Staudamm. Sitem Stausee sind vieli Nubiendörfer, tämple und Chile überschwämmt worde. Ägypte het die Dörfer umgsidle lah und wäg UNESCO sind einigi Temple und Chilene versetzt worde, damit sie witerhin erhalte blibed. So bsueched mier de Tempel von Philae wo ebefalls vor ca 40 Jahr versetzt worde isch. Unglaublich wie guet de Tempel erhalte isch, trotz ere Ziit woner unter Wasser verbracht het. D Wandzeichnige sind immerno guet sichtbar, es bar ibuchtige vo de Wälle gseht mer au, nur d Farb isch nümm erhalte blube.
      Nach dem wunderschöne Tempel gönd mier wiiter zumne Antike Steibruch, wo früener us de Rosegranit diversi Obeliske und Statue gmacht worde sind.

      Gäge Mittag fahred mier zrugg zu üsem Schiff und planged uf s Losfahrt. Mit ca 35min Verspätig fahred mier am 15:05 los. Ufe Sunneuntergang chömed mier i Kom Omboh ah und besichtiged de Doppeltempel vo Kom Omboh und es Krokodil Museum. Früener het s Krokodil i dem Ort als Heilig gulte und so gsend mir einigi Mumifizierti Krokodil i dem Museum. Nachem Sunneundergang fahred mir gäg die 19:00Uhr witer richtig Edfu um det d Nacht z verbringe.
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    • Day165

      Nile River Cruise

      September 2, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 106 °F

      Miles: 2.4 Steps: 6033 Flights: 10

      We started our 4 day cruise up the Nile today! We are “sailing” from Aswan to Luxor - it doesn’t cover that big of distance, but we’ll be seeing a lot of sites between the two cities.

      The boat has seen a few miles, but is still nice - especially as we’ve been staying in mostly budget accommodations or hostels so far. This seems luxury to us now.

      After getting settled in our room, we met our guide (also a luxury we haven’t had thru most of the trip) and headed off.

      First he took us to the Aswan high dam - they built it in the 1970’s - well, the Russians built it compensated with HALF of their Egyptian cotton harvest for the next 25 years! He said (haven’t fact checked it) that it’s the largest dam in the world and the lake it created, Lake Nassar, is also the largest man made lake in the world. It was 98 meters deep! The dam now provides Egypt with 80% of its power needs. The other positive is it controlled the crocodiles! Before the dam was built, 4 out of every 10 Egyptians were killed by these crocodiles. 😳 They can leap 3 meters and would literally snatch people off their boats or the shore. They contained all the crocodiles, and they now live on the other side of the dam - approximately 18,000 of them! The negative impact - it displaced the Nubian people, and they had to relocate dozens of ancient temples to higher ground.

      The dam is under military control so our very short visit was very controlled. Hard to get any good pics. Apparently, if it were to be destroyed it would kill all Egyptians within 12 minutes (as almost all live near or on the Nile) and the flow would rock the pyramids in Cairo! So there were rocket launchers, missles, and motion sensors everywhere to protect it. 😳

      Then we went to the Temple of Philae. It is the only temple in Egypt built on an island. It was one of the temples that was relocated - taken apart and completely rebuilt on an entire different island

      Excited to be able to just sit back and enjoy the next 4 days not having to worry about how to get anywhere, where we’ll be laying our heads, or what to eat.
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      Traveler

      Is it just the 2 of you on your own personal tour? Is there a cook? How are you liking Egyptian food?

      9/3/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Nope, we have 15 in our group - 80 on the boat. And yes, there’s a cook - a buffet like most cruises. Not a fan of Egyptian food. Not really been thrilled since we left Greece, food wise. 😂 lots of chicken and rice and the seasoning/flavoring doesn’t change much.

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Such a big room!

      9/3/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yeah - more like a hotel room than a cruise ship room. This is a smaller boat. Only two floors of rooms, a floor for dining, and a reception/lounge floor. Nothing like the Alaska cruise ship.

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    • Day5

      Assuan-Staudamm

      January 2, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Auf dem Weg zum Hochdamm von Assuan passierten wir bereits den ersten Stausee. Dieser wurde 1902 erbaut und war zu dieser Zeit die grösste Talsperre der Welt. Seit dann konnte das Land von den regelmässigen Überschwemmungen oder Trockenheiten des Nils geschützt werden. Krokodile 🐊 kommen auch keine mehr in den Nil oberhalb des Damms. Doch wir besuchten den 1971 eingeweihten Hochdamm. Dieser ist 111m hoch und 3,6m lang. Da es jedoch aufgeschüttet wurde sieht es bei Weitem nicht so spektakulär aus wie bei unseren, alpinene Staudämmen. Er erzeugt Strom für viele Menschen des Landes.Read more

    • Day5

      Philae-Tempel

      January 2, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Durch den Bau des Staudamms musste der Philae-Tempel von der Insel Philae zur 600m entfernten Insel Agilkia versetzt werden. Der Tempel ist der Göttin Isis gewidmet. Eine genaue Datierung war bis jetzt noch nicht möglich, frühste Belege handeln von 370 vor Chr. Der Tempel wurde von den Christen später als Kirche benutzt. Dies sieht man gut an den vielen Kreuzen die eingemeisstelt wurden, aber auch an dem Altar mitten im Tempel. Spannend ist die hyroglyphische Inschrift, diese Hyroglyphen gelten als letzte überhaupt. Ca. 400 nach Chr. wurden diese gemeisstmelt, man sieht bereits die nachlässige Art, und danach starb diese Schrift aus. Die Insel hat auch eine schöne Aussicht zu bieten aber auch noch einige andere Bauwerke. Beispielsweise der Trajans-Kiosk.Read more

    • Day10

      A visit to Philae Temple

      December 30, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      The Philae Temple is an island-based temple complex in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam. It was originally located on Philae Island but, following the construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1902, it was often flooded. Before the building of Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970, as part of a UNESCO project to preserve important buildings, the entire temple complex was dismantled and moved 700 metres to Agilkia Island. It was a mammoth feat of engineering!

      More than two thirds of Philae's surviving structures were built in the Ptolemaic era, when the island became a prominent site of pilgrimage not only for Egyptians and Nubians but for pilgrims from as far as Anatolia, Crete, and the Greek mainland. Some of these pilgrims marked their presence with inscriptions on the temple walls. Many of these can still be seen today including inscriptions left by four Romans in 116 BC, the oldest known Latin inscriptions in Egypt. 

      Along with the various contributions of Ptolemaic rulers, Philae also received additions from the Nubian kings Arqamani and Adikhalamani.

      Later, the Roman era saw an overall decline in pilgrimage to Philae, especially from Mediterranean regions. Nevertheless, it remained an important sacred site, especially for Nubians, who continued to visit both as individual pilgrims and in official delegations from their government.

      Christianity seems to have been present at Philae by the fourth century, at which point it coexisted with traditional Egyptian religion.

      According to the sixth-century historian Procopius, the temple was closed down officially in AD 537 by the local commander Narses the Persarmenian in accordance with an order of Byzantine emperor Justinian I.

      Today, the temple complex attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. It is a unique place, especially when seen in the hour before sunset 🌇!

      After our temple visit, we called at a supermarket and a pharmacy to stock up on tissues, drinks, snacks and other essentials. We were all pretty tired at this point and just wanted to get to the ship, freshen up, eat, and get some sleep. Those of us who are going to Abu Simbel tomorrow have a 1.45am wake-up call! However, Nabil had other ideas and took us to his friend's perfume factory! It's not really my thing. One or two of our group bought something but most didn't. It added an hour to the journey and meant we didn't get to the ship until 8pm!

      So, no time to explore our new surroundings - just a cursory look at our cabin (very nice!), a hastily-eaten dinner (delicious!), a quick shower and bed by 10!! 😀
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    • Day5

      Böötlifahrt zum Philae-Tempel

      January 2, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Unser Ziel nach dem Staudamm war der Philae-Tempel. Doch um dem Tempel zu erreichen mussten wir ein Boot nehmen. Diese Motorboote bieten bis zu 20 Leuten Platz und jeder dekoriert sein Boot anders. Unser Bootfahrer war wohl Brasilien 🇧🇷 Fan. Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein sind wir auf dem Nasser-See vorbei an Felslandschaften und einigen schönen Hotels. Ich könnte mir gut vorstellen das es sich dort gut abschalten lässt. Die Anzahl der Schiffe die auf ihren Einsatz warteten war enorm.Read more

    • Day10

      Boat trip to Philae Temple

      December 30, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      After picking up the rest of our group, it was a mad bus ride up to the Philae Temple to gain entry before the ticket office closed at 4pm!

      We just made it!! Coaches behind us were turned away and told to come back tomorrow.

      Once we had our tickets, we had a 10-minute boat ride to get to the temple itself. The light was gorgeous and it was lovely being out on the water.
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    • Day21

      Aswan

      October 21, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      Up early for a busy morning...breakfast at 5:15.
      Docked in Aswan still.
      Boarded our bus for a stop at Kitchener's Island for which we boarded a power felucca boat. On the island we toured the monument temple of Philae.

      Afterwards we stopped at an Egyptian aroma therapy shop...impressed so much I bought some oils And a set of oil burners.

      Oh..oh..Celina came up lame on her trip to Philae. Blew her knee. I think she is spent...good it happened almost at the end of our Tour. We' ll see if she is better tomorrow..maybe just riding the bus for her.

      Next a stop at the Aswan granite quarries. View an abandoned 300 ton obelisk ordered by Queen Hatshepsut's
      Reign.

      Back for Lunch then afterwards a Nubian Village excursion for me...solo...Celina and Fam to chill on the boats sundeck.

      The tour started out just 100 yards from our boat, we boarded a Faluca boat and headed towards Nubia. Then we were met mid stream from a Nubian boat, which we crossed on . Then onto a Nubian Village of no particular name. What a surprise this optional excursion was...the Nubian waters and land was eye candy. The people, the locale the hospitality was unique and refreshing. A delightful beverage was served with a condiment tray. Then an exhibition of a live crocodile was fun. It capped our trip!

      Back in time to relax on the sun deck then to dinner.
      Picked up the jewelry I custom ordered for Alex.
      Paid our bill and last minute shopping and finished the evening with 2 cigars.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Philae, File, Philaé, フィラエ神殿, Filae, 菲萊神殿

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