The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Sunrise over the Nile (1)

Sunrise over the Nile (2)

Sunrise over the Nile (3)

Sunrise over the Nile (4)

Main Entrance at The Temple at Karnak

Avenue of Sphynxes at The Temple of Karnak

Rameses II Sanctuary at The Temple of Karnak

Statue at The Temple of Karnak

Columns and Capitals at The Temple of Karnak

Nick at The Temple of Karnak

Great Hypostyle Hall at Temple of Karnak

Life to the Kings of Upper and Lower Egypt / Life to...

Column and Capital with Hieroglyphics at The Temple of Karnak

Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut at The Temple of Karnak

Pylon of Amun Hotep III at The Temple of Karnak (1)

Pylon of Amun Hotep III at The Temple of Karnak (2)

The Courtyard of Karnak

Temples of Rameses II and III at The Temple of Karnak

Statute of Good Luck Scarab at The Temple of Karnak

Obelisks at The Temple of Karnak

7th Pylon of Toutmosis III at The Temple at Karnak

Columns at The Temple of Karnak

Barb at The Temple of Karnak

View of The Temple of Karnak from the Avenue of Sphynxes

Sphynx from the Avenue of Sphynxes

Learning how to Belly Dance (1)

Learning how to Belly Dance (2)

Learning how to Belly Dance (3)

Learning how to Belly Dance (4)

Sufi Stick Dancers

Whirling Sufi Dancer (1)

Whirling Sufi Dancer (2)

Luxor's version of "Mr. Ed"

Varun learning the Stick Dance

Yuka learning the Belly Dance


We were treated to a beautiful sunrise with an early start to the day at 6:00 a.m. as we had to get ourselves a little further down stream where a van was waiting for us to join in a convoy of vehicles to Luxor (the Arabic name for the ancient Egyptian town known as Thebes) some 200 km further north along the Nile. There were no winds this morning so Hurus and Muhammed pulled out the oars and rowed the boat three kilometers to our van....they made it look so easy. The convoy was escorted by the tourist police and after arriving in Luxor at the Little Garden Hotel, we had a chance to get cleaned up from our overnight stay on the river and we then made our way to the Temple of Karnak on the east bank of the Nile. The Temple is a massive structure as successive Kings and Queens added on to that which had been completed in earlier dynasties by the Kings and Queens which had come before them. After our visit at the Temple of Karnak we made our way to the Nile Papyrus Museum where we received a demonstration as to how authentic papyrus is made and then had the opportunity to view and purchase the various artworks available. In the evening we enjoyed (and participated) in a belly dance and Sufi dance on the roof top of our hotel before turning in for the night, as we have another early day tomorrow.



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