S: EGYPT - HONEYMOON APRIL 2010
BC: A wonderful honeymoon and unforgettable trip.
FC: April 2010 Honeymoon
1: TRIP ITINERAY | Day 1: Fly to Cairo, (West Palm Beach - Atlanta - Dubai (this was an unexpected detour) - Cairo. Arrive in Cairo. We are picked up by Mazen and taken to the Radisson Blu Hotel where we finally rest and get some sleep before meeting Mazen and his wife Aza for dinner on the Nile. Day 2: Take flight to Aswan where we board our Nile cruise. We meet our guide and go to see the Unfinished Obilisk, the high Dam, and Philae Temple. Day 3: Kom Ombo, then Temple of Edfu, then on the Luxor. Day 4: Luxor West Bank, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Colossi of Memnon, Queen Hashesphut Temple, Temple of Karnak Day 5: Luxor, Carriage Ride, Papyrus Museum Day 6: Egyptian Museum Day 7: Giza Pyramids, Saqqara Pyramids Day 8: The Citadel, Coptic Cairo, Han al Jalili
2: Hotel & The Nile River | Our first day in Egypt. Traffic is crazy, honey with bread is amazing, beautiful hotel room and dinner by the breathtaking Nile River with our new friends.
3: Unfinished Obilisk | We took a flight from Cairo to Aswan where we get on our Nile cruise ship and go see our first site, the Unfinished Obilisk
6: High Dam
7: Kom Ombo
8: Kom Ombo
16: Colossi of Memnon
18: Queen Hatshesphut Temple
20: Valley of the Kings
21: Valley of the Queens
24: Karnak Temple Complex
25: Karnak is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning "The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places". This vast complex was built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls.
26: The Hypostyle Hall opens into the First Antechamber , also known as the Roman Sanctuary . This area was occupied by 8 columns which were removed when the area was converted by the Roman legion stationed at Luxor into a chapel dedicated to the imperial cult. The door to the Roman church was walled into a curved recess flanked by two granite Corinthian columns. It contained the standards of the legion, and its south doorway was blocked with an apse painted with figures Emperor Diocletian, c 284-305 BC, and his three coregents,
27: Avenue of the Sphinxes | The Thirtieth Dynasty's Avenue of Sphinxes was built by Nectanbo I and extended three miles towards Karnak temples. These human-headed sphinxes take the facial features of King Nectanbo I .
28: The forecourt is now inside the entrance pylon, but would have originally been outside the main temple
29: Colossus of Ramses II
30: Second Pylon - Entrance to the Great Hypostyle Hall
33: Great Hypostyle Hall
34: There are 134 colossal papyrus columns in the Hypostle Hall measuring 72 ft. tall and 11 ft. in diameter.
36: This is one of the largest museums in the world with so many artifacts some of which have not been cataloged yet and are just sitting in corners. We were not allowed to take our cameras inside. We saw so much and spent 7 hours in the museum and only saw half of the entire museum.
37: Egyptian Museum
38: Great Pyramid of Giza
39: The Great Pyramid of Giza (also called the Khufu's Pyramid, Pyramid of Khufu, and Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now Cairo, Egypt, and is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that survives substantially intact. | It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for Fourth dynasty Egyptian King Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and constructed over a 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.
40: Pyramid of Khafre
41: The Pyramid of Khafre is the second largest of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and the tomb of the fourth-dynasty pharaoh Khafre.
43: Nothing says I'm a tourist better than posing for the quintessential "Holding the Pyramid Up Pose".
44: As seen in the distance are the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid, which were constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Snofru, father of Khufu of the Old Kingdom. The unusual shape of the Bent Pyramid is unique, and represents a transitional pyramid form believed to have been the result of an engineering crisis encountered during its construction. The Red Pyramid is the world's first true smooth-sided pyramid.
46: The Great Sphinx of Giza
47: In a depression to the south of Khafre's pyramid at Giza near Cairo sits a huge creature with the head of a human and a lion's body. This monumental statue, the first truly colossal royal sculpture in Egypt, known as the Great Sphinx, is a national symbol of Egypt, both ancient and modern. The Great Sphinx is believed to be the most immense stone sculpture in the round ever made by man.
48: SAKKARA | Sakkara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. The Pyramid of Djoser (Zoser), or step pyramid was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by his vizier Imhotep, during the 27th century BC.
52: The Citadel
54: Coptic Cairo
56: Han al Jalili | With Azza as our guide we went to the famous market in Cairo call Han al Jalili where we picked up some souvenirs, a mosaic tile and went to a spice store where we picked up some very aromatic spices and got a special spice blend made right before our eyes.
57: Sunset on the Nile