Luxor, Karnak Temple
Tonight we are in Luxor. This morning after breakfast, we flew to Luxor which was an hours flight from Cairo. We were met at Luxor airport by our own personal tour guide and took us to our hotel (which was very fancy 5 star). I was quite tierd by then since we had a late night before and had to get up early to get to the airport. Once we checked in and got shown to our rooms we went to have lunch outside on by the pool which over looked the Nile, it was stunning! This hotel had gym, spa, games room, pool, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 3 cafes, 1 lounge over looking the Nile. Flat screen TVs in each room, heaven! I can’t explain the rest but check it out for yourself Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor, Egypt.
So after lunch our guide picked us up and we went touring to see the Karnak and Luxor temples in the afternoon because the next day we were going to see other sites and we wouldn’t have enough time. The Karnak temple is so big and the time we got to the Kuxor temple it was late after and the sun was setting (it gets dark early in December because it is their winter, but it wasn’t cold) our guide had a reason why he took us there last. At night they light up the Luxor temple it was so beautiful!:) and also kind of creepy in the dark. Been inside a temple that was built so long ago is weird. There is also a mosque that was built over the Temple in one corner becasue they didn’t know the temple was there until after they built the mosque! They can’t take the mosque down because of the religious reason so the mosque and the temple are staying side by side still. Our guide was so knowledgeable, sometimes it was kind of scary, he knew so much about every temple and everything that went on during all those centuries ago or as they called it then Dynasties as the Egyptians called it back then. It was so interesting. I owe my thanks to Omar (our tour guide) for inspiring me to become a tour guide after I graduate.
After a long day we went back to our hotel and had supper in one of the many restaurants and then went to bed. We had a full day of touring in the morning had to have a early start.
I was saying to myself all day OMG I actually saw the Pyramids and the Sphinx! It was so amazing just like in photos one sees in travel magazines. We also went to see the Egyptian Museum. It all feels like a dream. This morning we all got up at early (not sure of the time, but probably around 7:00 am), went downstairs to breakfast , which I must point out was amazing they have so much better food. Then we met our tour guide at 8:00 am to go and see the Pyramids. It was such an interesting tour and you must see the photos I have, I took loads!
Before lunch we were taken too a place which selled perfumes and essances. This was very interesting as the perfume which is found in the shop in the essance which is export to Paris, France is actually from Egypt. There were so many different smells of essance that attract different people. The next stop was a a clothing shop that sells cotton clothing. We all bought t-shirts there. Out last stop we went to a papyrus shop where we were shown and told how the Egyptians made papyrus. We all bought bookmarks for ourselves and for presants for our friends too. At lunch time we went to this Egyptian take away place which selled these delisous shawarmas, seriously never tasted anything this good. This lunch was on the way to the Egyptian Museum. The museum was huge! But I must admit it was cold and a lot of people. By this time it was late in the afternoon so my sister and I were getting tierd. The was one room where one could go and see the mummys but one had to pay to see them. It wasn’t really worth it and I wasn’t too sure it I wan’t to see one anyway. Very creepy!
We got back to hotel late and just decided to dump out bags in our hotel rooms and go down to supper. I can’t help but telling you over and over again that the food was so good. You will have to go to Egypt one day to see what I mean.
Tomorrow morning we are going to Luxor and hoping it is a bit better that Cairo. So I had to pack the night before Cairo is just one noisy city with the Nile running throught it. Don’t get me wrong there are some beauitful building, art work and culture, so one musn’t skip out the city altogether its worth seeing!
It still feels like a dream that I am here.
I will post some photos once I got the hang of this travel blog thing.