|22nd March 2012 Edfu
Dam, my turn to feel sick! I woke up with a horrible sore throat and stuffy nose. Not to worry, I will soldier on.
Disembarking the cruiser, we caught a 15 min horse & carriage ride to the Edfu Temples. Of course, along the way our driver offered to take photos of us and made gestures to give him a tip for his efforts. Our tour guide strongly recommended not to tip as that was inclusive in the price.
The Edfu Temples have the distinction of being the largest and most completely preserved, Greek built temples in Egypt (Those bloody Greeks are everywhere), and it was one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale over a period of 180 years.
Back on our horse draw carriage for a BBQ Egyptian lunch on the sun deck. As we relaxed on deck we watched our cruiser sail effortlessly down the Nile through the Loch heading towards Luxor. While slowly sailing through the loch Arthur and I had fun bargaining with the traders on shore, as we were trying to buy some Egyptian clothes for our Egyptian themed dinner that night. They threw their garments on deck and we simply through them back if the price was not right. We managed to score 2 outfits for LE70 but pushed our luck too far and bombed out getting some head gear. It looks like we have to pay full price from the shop on board.
Not another temple! But this one was totally worth it! Tonight we chose to add on another tour to Luxor Temples by night. Luxor Temples become majestically illuminated by thousands of spotlights as the sun sets & the night began to fall. As shafts of artificial light stream from the mammoth columns and intricately carved lintels the architectural brilliance of the temple is magnified with dramatic effects. Again, our guide, Mo Mo brought the temples to life as he explained the meanings of the images and symbols that covered the walls.
Back on board for dinner, followed by the Galabya Party (Egyptian dress) in the lounge Bar. Off to bed as we have an early 4 am wake-up call before our Hot Air Ballooning trip. I cannot wait!!