Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Luxor, Egypt : January 2005

I was looking at our photos of Egypt yesterday and remembering what a lovely time we had. We spent 5 days in Luxor before flying to Cairo.

There's lots to see, but a serious downside : Luxor must be the hassle capital of the world. The moment you step out of your hotel, you are subjected to scams, people constantly trying to sell you crap at inflated prices and outright lies.

It never ends, and you can't escape. People follow you across the road, trying to get you to visit their papyrus museum( rip-off shop) - it's very tiring and in the end you just want to scream FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF! But you don't, of course.

The Hilton where we stayed. You can see the Nile and the Valley of the Kings on the far bank.

An Egyptian guy took us to a "local" cattle market before trying to scam us. These guys were messing around for the camera. They had the weirdest sheep I have ever seen. (That brown thing is a sheep, apparently.)

The streets of Luxor.

At Karnak Temple.

Ramses II. I think you have be there to appreciate the size of him.

Doesn't this village look like something from the Bible?

(near the Valley of the Kings)

Queen Hatshepsut's temple. 3500 years old, and still looks great.

We also had an evening sail in a felucca. I couldn't get over the fact that I was sailing on the Nile. Woo hoo :)

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