Luxor houses several important valleys of the VIPs before and during the antiquities. It's less than an hour flight or several hours via train from Cairo. This is a must visit in Egypt and recommended if you're inclined to know about pharaonic history.
The Avenue of the Sphinxes which connects Karnak and Luxor Temple. They're trying to recover this whole stretch but only the side near the Luxor Temple has been recovered...for now.
the staff was also creative in making the bed. Be surprised when suddenly there's a scarecrow on your bed wearing your shirt and eyeglasses.
The hotel also offers affordable tour around Luxor. HT couple did their homework so we again said...La Shukran.
Valley of the Kings from the rooftop
Luxor Temple taken from the top
The following day, we decided to hit the west bank. We were at the Valley of the Kings before 8 in the morning. We don't have any photos of the place as cameras are not allowed. Once you're inside the building, there is a wooden panel where there is a list of the tombs that are open. The normal ticket allows you to go to 3 tombs. So i suggest to plan ahead which of these tombs appeal to you. There's also a computer available to look online about the details of the opened tombs (during our time, there were 10). Oh, there's somebody hanging around in the building and was gladly to help you browse the computer. We grumped at him that we know how to use a computer. Sorry, but after more than week, we tend to be suspicious and just ignore as much as possible.
King Tutankhamun's tomb is the most famous in pharaonic history. He was not famous during his time but after discovering his tomb which was intact and full of wealth, it made history. His tomb is not included in the regular ticket and you have to pay extra to see it (more expensive than the normal ticket of 3 tombs). Most of the wealth is now in Egyptian Museum in Cairo. We didn't go in as we followed Lonely Planet's advice that it's not as impressive as its famosity.
Each tombs has its own guard. But don't look for a security guard uniform. Be careful as well as these guards, started pointing to you stuffs in the tomb (pretending to be tour guides), gives you a fan or a flashlight...all these are not free. Kindly say no several times, and they'll leave you to enjoy appreciating the tombs freely.
Also at the west bank, is the Valley of the Queens. Do take short breaks under the waiting shed for a gulp of water or reading your lonely planet or rough guides before entering the tombs.
Hatshepsut is one of the famous female pharaohs. She built several landmarks including this huge complex.
Hathor, the goddess of love can be portrayed as a cow or a female. The head horns is the distinctive symbol.
Am i good enough to be a female pharaoh with my hat?
the only remains of Colossi of Memnon. (stop by and take a few pics - no entrance fee)
not only tourists stop by to check this out, the birds love to stay at its head.
Just on the side, I decided to be in my Indiana Jones outfit in touring the temples. :)
It's not necessary to be serious all the time when appreciating history.
goofed around to lighten up the mood. I'm surrounded by 138 humongous colonnades.
this is how HT hubbie wanted his statues to be
love this papyrus colonnade peaking in one of the rooms of the temple.
you should really looked into every details on the wall
and posed like a model in the ancient ruins
Look above you when you're standing under the colonnades. Look how the colors were maintained after thousands of years ago. That symbol in the middle is an ankh which symbolizes eternal life. During the ancient Egypt, the VIPs spent their lives in building tombs, temples for their after life which they believed is much important than their temporary current lives. There were few cases wherein their tombs were not completely done yet but they have already passed away.
scarab beetle is a protector symbol during the ancient times.
Check out the cartouche, hieroglyphs enclosed by an oval shape. We don't know how to read hieroglyphs but we know that cartouches are very important to pharaohs to protect them before and after their lives. Some have the names of the pharaohs (which i can't find) which helped the archaeologists to determine who built this temple or which pharaohs the tomb belonged to. We made up stories and thought like pharaohs while looking at the cartouches. HT couple's hieroglyphic way of reading involves donald duck and other cartoon figures. :D
This ends HT couple's adventure in Egypt. High five for the DIY trip and for surviving Egypt! (check out the guy with a kid on the left, he approached us as he wanted his kid to have a picture with HT hubbie. It was deja vu as it happened as well in Jogjakarta. HT hubbie almost asked baksheesh for that! :D)