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Egypt
11 - 27 October 2010
Egypt
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We flew to Aswan, Egypt and worked our way back north towards Cairo. In Aswan we did a felucca ride on the Nile.
We flew to Aswan, Egypt and worked our way back north towards Cairo. In Aswan we did a felucca ride on the Nile.
Our captain.
Our captain.
I'm not totally sure of this guy's job...
I'm not totally sure of this guy's job...
...although he did raise the sail.
...although he did raise the sail.
Brief stop at the captain's friend's house, where we were offered drinks and the chance to wrastle some gators.
Brief stop at the captain's friend's house, where we were offered drinks and the chance to wrastle some gators.
Looking out across the Nile.
Looking out across the Nile.
From Aswan we made a long day trip to see the two temples at Abu Simbel. The first was constructed for Ramesses II.
From Aswan we made a long day trip to see the two temples at Abu Simbel. The first was constructed for Ramesses II.
Some idiot named Wadsworth decided to carve his name into the temple in the 1800s.
Some idiot named Wadsworth decided to carve his name into the temple in the 1800s.
Peering inside, where cameras are not allowed.
Peering inside, where cameras are not allowed.
The second temple was for Ramesses II's wife, Nefartari. Notice that only two of the six statues are of Nefartari. The rest are of Ramesses.
The second temple was for Ramesses II's wife, Nefartari. Notice that only two of the six statues are of Nefartari. The rest are of Ramesses.
Both temples were actually relocated in 1968. The original site was submerged under Lake Nasser after the completion of the Aswan High Dam.
Both temples were actually relocated in 1968. The original site was submerged under Lake Nasser after the completion of the Aswan High Dam.
We took the train north to Luxor, where we visited Karnak.
We took the train north to Luxor, where we visited Karnak.
Karnak is the largest ancient religious site in the world.
Karnak is the largest ancient religious site in the world.
The Hypostyle Hall has 134 massive columns, with some over 20 meters tall.
The Hypostyle Hall has 134 massive columns, with some over 20 meters tall.
One surprising thing about the Egyptian archeological sites were the vibrant colors.
One surprising thing about the Egyptian archeological sites were the vibrant colors.
Stars on a blue background.
Stars on a blue background.
The Scarab is associated with Khepri, the god of the rising sun.
The Scarab is associated with Khepri, the god of the rising sun.
For a small tip the guards will show you areas that may otherwise be off-limits, and apparently they'll also photograph you wearing their head scarves.
For a small tip the guards will show you areas that may otherwise be off-limits, and apparently they'll also photograph you wearing their head scarves.
I took this photo to remember that a small bottle of Gatorade costs something like $8 at Karnak.
I took this photo to remember that a small bottle of Gatorade costs something like $8 at Karnak.
 


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