Egypt

Yesterday I managed to load up some smallish photos, suggesting that my tech problems are really a space issue. So I’ve decided to re-visit Egypt and load some smaller sized images to the replace the originals.

DSC_0039We stayed in Cairo just opposite the pyramids, and still I can remember the astonishment of opening the curtain and seeing a pyramid just outside sitting there, walking away to the bathroom the brush my teeth and being amazed to see the pyramid still there when I got back. The light and sound show was great fun and vaguely educational. DSC_0148

We visited just after the overthrow of  Mubarak and before it got dangerous. We stayed out of the town centre, visiting the Giza Pyramids, and the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex,

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Saqqara is a large necropolis on the plateau above the Nile Valley, the location of tombs and pyramids dating to the Predynastic, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom and Late Periods of ancient Egyptian history.

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It’s also where I was persuaded to buy the most beautiful silk carpet and though expensive, I’m hopeful it kept a couple of families fed for a while. the lack of tourists even then was making life difficult in an already poor country.

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The pyramids at Giza were just astonishing, one of the iconic structures of the world which still manage to surprise in reality.

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And ofcourse the sphinx…

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Luxor (Thebes) is an Egyptian city on the bank of the river Nile. We stayed at the Winter Palace hotel on the river bank and spent the early morning visiting the various sites and the afternoons in the hotel gardens nearby the pool.

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The sites break down by the side of the river. On the east side you find the famour temples of Luxor and Karnak.

Luxor Temple

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Karnak Temple

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On the West  you can find

West bank

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Luxor (Thebes) is an Egyptian city on the bank of the river Nile. We stayed at the Winter Palace hotel on the river bank and spent the early morning visiting the various sites and the afternoons in the hotel gardens nearby the pool.

The most surprising sites were on the West Bank, especially the vibrant colours of the tombs in the Workers’ Village.

Here are the revisited and resized photos from our trip to Egypt some years ago.

On the West  you can find

West bank

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Dandarah (Dendera) is a small town north of Luxor which was our last stop visiting Luxor Egypt a couple of years ago..

It shows the cross over from a truly Egyptian tradition to one influenced by Rome, essentially it ends where our own Western European history begins.

The Dendera Temple complex, which contains the Temple of Hathor, is one of the best-preserved temples, if not the best-preserved one, in all of Upper Egypt. The whole complex covers some 40,000 square meters and is surrounded by a hefty mud brick wall.

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We started in Cairo, travelled to Luxor and visited the various sites East and West Bank. Took a trip to Dendera and chilled out on the Nile.

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