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S: Egypt 2010

FC: Egypt 2010 | by Irene Homer

1: Cairo | Qina | Luxor | Esna | Edfu | Kom Ombo | Aswan | Philae | Lake Nasser | Abu Simbel | Karnak Temple | . | . | . | . | . | . | . | . | . | Tropic of Cancer | Dendera Temple | Luxor Temple | Temple of Horus | Temple of Isis | Giza Plateau | Valley of the Queens | Valley of the Kings | . | Temple of Hatshepsut | Colossi of Memnon | . | . | Mediterranean Sea | Nile River | Saqqara | Irene and Matt in Egypt, 2010 | Locks at Esna | Aswan Dam | photos by Irene Homer (photos of me are by Matt)

2: The hotel was once a palace built for France's Empress Eugenie when she visited Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. | Bread baking at the hotel | Lamb sliced to order | Smoking sheesha in the courtyard | Honey comb drip at breakfast | Marriott Hotel, Cairo. | sept 19

3: Le Pacha 1901 restaurant | A 5 minute walk from the Marriott brought us to Le Pacha 1901 for dinner. It's a riverboat on the Nile with 10 restaurants on three decks including classic French and Italian, Asian and of course, Egyptian. | A view of the Nile from our window. | We dined to lute music. | The grand staircase | We chose Le Tarbouche for a wonderful Egyptian meal. | sept 22

4: This is our hostess at a home-hosted dinner for 15 from our group. She spoke no English but her nephew acted as a charming host. | The Egyptian Market | A home hosted dinner in Cairo | sept 20 | three varieties of figs | We drank pomegranate juice and had a delicious meal of lamb moussaka, a cucumber and tomato salad and homemade breads. For dessert we had rice pudding with figs and a kind of apple crisp (we think).

5: Lunch on the road. | Step Pyramid of Djoser | The Pyramid of Djoser or step pyramid is in the Saqqara necropolis, northwest of the city of Memphis. It was built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser and designed by his vizier Imhotep, during the 27th century BCE. | sept 21

6: Giza Plateau | Giza has some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, including a complex of ancient Egyptian royal mortuary and sacred structures, the Great Sphinx, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a number of other large pyramids and temples. | sept 21 | Our first road trip. Early tuesday morning we took a 45 minute bus ride to the Giza Plateau. We walked around the pyramids and then took a camel ride. Later Matt descended a narrow, low, and sloped tunnel to see the tomb in the Pyramid of Khafre.

7: The Sphinx was chiseled from one single piece of granite and was buried completely by sand for centuries. | The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BCE. | 143' x 19' | The Sphinx

8: Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church | Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as the Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. The history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century. | sept 23 | We went to the Ben Ezra Synagogue next, but photography wasn't allowed.

9: The Citadel was built as a pavilion in 810 AD. and served as a fortress and royal city. Walls are 30 ft high & 10 thick. | Mosque of Mohamed Ali | The Citadel, Cairo | Turkish fez hats for sale | Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo.

10: MS River Anuket | The Sundeck | At 47' wide and 237' long the Anuket has a passenger capacity of 138 and a crew of 82. There are four decks plus the sundeck, a restaurant and bar, a lounge, a giftshop and even a pool. | sept 24 | The TV in the room posted the day's schedules. | After a two hour flight to Luxor, we boarded ship for the riverboat cruise portion of the trip.

11: An optional balloon ride was offered in early a.m. It was expensive so we declined. | Our Captian, at the helm | The Galley | The Royals Chair

12: Luxor Temple | As the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. | sept 24

13: The Temple is dicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons. | The most outstanding part of the monument area is the ram-headed sphinxes, which leads to the 1st entrance to the temple of Amon.

14: The Alabaster workshop | sept 25 | We saw a demonstration of alabaster carving and shaping. The lead man described the process for us as and they all sang along.

15: Tomb of Ramses | Valley of the Kings | The Valley of the Kings is a valley across the river from Luxor where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. No photography was allowed inside the tombs. | It was really hot.

16: Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut | The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is situated beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings. Designed by the architect Senemut, the mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep 2. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt." | sept 25

17: Colossi of Memnon | The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep 3 . For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. | A short distance from the Hatshepsut Temple, we stopped to see the Colossi. | In the evening we set sail for Quina, a few hours to the north. On arrival, we rode into town on a toy train, (It seemed like the whole town came out to greet us). Then we were treated to a show featuring different regional dances. | sep 26 | Quina

18: Dendera Temple | Dendera Temple complex, located about 2.5 km south-east of Dendera, is one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt. Dendera was a site for chapels or shrines from the beginning of history of ancient Egypt. | Our first sail takes us north to the city of Quina and the Dendera Temple Complex. | sept 26

19: Karnak Temple | The Karnak Temple Complex comprises a vast mix of ruined temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings, notably the Great Temple of Amun and a massive structure begun by Pharaoh Ramses 2 (ca. 1391–1351 BC). | sept 27 | Late in the afternoon, we set sail for Edfu. As we approached the Esna locks, we were joined by small boats with men selling cotton items. They tied up to the boat and shouted up to the guests for a sale, "Hey lady, hey lady". | In the evening we sailed south back to Luxor. The next day we visited Karnak. | The Locks at Esna

20: Temple of Horus at Edfu | The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BCE. | sept 28 | Edfu was one of several temples built during the Ptolemaic period, including Dendera, Esna, Kom Ombo and Philae. Its size reflects the relative prosperity of the time. The present temple, which was begun "on 23 August 237 BCE, initially consisted of a pillared hall, two transverse halls, and a barque sanctuary surrounded by chapels."

21: Kom Ombo | The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. | The southern half of the temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. | Ater seeing Edfu in the morning, we headed south and arrived at Kom Ombo.

22: Temple of Isis at Philae | The Temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. | Philae in Greek meaning 'the end,' defined the southern most limit of Egypt. It was begun by Ptolemy 2 and completed by the Roman Emperors. | sept 29 | A bus ride from Aswan brought us to the docks at Philae. | We motored to the island and back

23: Because of flooding from the building of the Aswan dam, the Temple of Isis was moved to this island from the nearby island of Philae between the years of 1963-1973! One would never know it. | Aswan Dam (high dam) | We parked on the dam for a look.

24: Abu Simbel | Here we watched a demonstration on the making of papyrus. In a corner of the huge showroom are 3 stools & this tiny cafe & cute waitress. We had tea and coffee, | The Showroom | Papyrus Workshop and Gallery | sept 29 | Papyrus Soaking | Fellucca sailboat ride | We spent the late afternoon sailing the river around Aswan.

25: Abu Simbel | The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses 2 in the 13th century BCE, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari. | The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, to an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. | After a long early bus trip through the desert south of Aswan, we arrived at Abu Simbel. | sept 30 | The Sahara Desert

26: Temple descriptions courtesy of wikipedia. | I played a part in a shipboard production. I was a window. | Guard Shack | Car covers for a dusty city | Market Wares

27: Egypt 2010 | Backgrounds by Matt, concept by Anne Homer

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