Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cruising down the Nile River

We spent the last three nights on a cruise ship. It was an amazing experience cruising down the Nile river, and seeing everything that we saw these past few days.
The Nile river, the longest river in the world, is absolutley gorgeous and Egypt's civilizations have depended on the Nile as a source of life since the ancient times. The cruise was perfect for us because mostly all of the important ancient historical sites are situated along the Nile river. On the first morning we took a 3 hour convoy to Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is a massive archaeological site with twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside for Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, and his queen Nefertari. The pyramids were probably the most exciting thing we saw in Egypt but Abu Simbel is ranked #2 for us.
We also took a Feluca boat ride down the Nile river to a small nearby island which is also a historical botanical garden. The breeze as we sailed along the Nile felt so good on the HOT HOT day. I imagined the Nile river to be a dirty brown river because of all the trash that has been dumped in it through the years and because the locals all bathe and wash their clothes in the river. Surprisingly the river was sparkly blue and clean, the water was so cool that I was tempted to jump in (but I know it's probably not a good idea).
Some of the other sites we visited during our cruise include the Kom Ombo temple which we saw at sunrise. One side of the temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. The other side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. At the temple we even got to see mummies of crocodiles. Freaky. We also stopped to see the temple of Horus in Aswan. So many wonderful, ancient temples to see in Egypt.
Yesterday morning we arrived in Luxor and went to see the Valley of the Kings that is famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and is also one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. We got to visit some of the ancient tombs, of course we couldn't visit all of them cause there are dozens of them hidden in the mountains.Did I mention how HOT it is over here? Like really hot. If you have a stick of butter it will melt in under 30 seconds. We also visited the Hatshepsut Temple built into a mountainside, Memnon, Luxor Temple, and Karnak temple during our stay in Luxor. This is a picture of a local man carving a vase out of Alabaster.

Sadly, I didn't really get a chance to eat a lot of authentic Egyptian food. The cruise ship and hotels serve alot of Americanized food for the tourists. But I really love Egyptian breads. This flat bread has a chewy texture and is very good!p.s. I thought I would share these pictures with you.... our cabin housekeepers went crazy with the towels and sheets every night. We would laugh our heads off when we came back to our rooms. croc & wave of the Nile River
Viper ready to attack two love birds

11 comments:

That Girl said...

Next time you travel I am so sneaking into your suitcase!

Kitt said...

Ditto!

Terren said...

omg. AWESOME housekeepers!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That's so funny the thing with the towels! I've never seen anything like that, it's like gigantic napkins, lol!

Prudy said...

So glad I stumbled upon your blog-it takes me right back to my own travels to Egypt, Luxor, Nile river cruise....
The flatbread looks so amazing. If you can find any of the sesame bread, buy it, devour it...

VeggieGirl said...

amazing. I'm speechless.

nita said...

omg. i bet the hot is that unbearable! dry and hot!

love the towel sculpting...do they have competitions in egypt!lol

Elle said...

The temples are amazing, but the towels, those are hysterical!

Kevin said...

Those are some nice photos.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

WAHAHAHAHAHAHA the towel sculptures really made my day!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful pictures :)

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