Exploration: The Nile sailing from Luxor to Aswan, Egypt.

Well if you read yesterday’s blog, then you saw at the end of it I stated I was boarding a boat to sail down the Nile. So since I leave for Italy tonight, I’m going to talk about my stops in this one blog. It was four day sail, located on the Sonnesta Star Goddess. I’ll take you through temples and Sphinx Ave, Valley of the Kings, and finally a real look at the Nile.

Stop number one, Karnak Temple a gorgeous huge incredible craved Temple. I can’t imagine what it looked like with out erosion or attempted to destroy it. It sits in the heart of Luxor, strong and tall. For each and every Pharaoh, King or Queen, Noble all have their story written in these walls.

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As you see Sphinx’s on Sphinx’s align this temple we turned the camera around it was hundreds of Sphinx’s more still being uncovered. Protecting this Temple is a huge thing, like I said everyone’s story is written in these walls. So much history, so many stories. So incredible to look at in awe.

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King Tut is the only Mummy stilled laid to rest in his tomb that they are aware of. They we’re actually uncovering about six to eight more tombs, it’s incredible. I fully intend to go back and see what new they have uncovered. What treasures lay below, we did see King Tut’s body but you were aloud no pictures but I do have photos of the gold and riches that were found in the his tomb. Since he died at such a young age, they gave him a nobles spot seeing as they hadn’t finish his yet. It was amazing to me how much they packed into one a condensed area. Those will come from the Cairo Museum post.

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We got very lucky with this one and the next one I’m going to show you. This was inside on the Ramus descendants tomb. He had over ninety children and had them built tombs, along with his nobles and few servants. But lets just awe in detail and art work they put in these. The colors are incredible, considering how old it truly is. Just amazing.

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This was in the ceiling of one of the tombs. Amazing isn’t it. All their lives written in the tombs with them. To help them continue in the after life.

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Remember the Queen I told you about yesterday? Yea this is her tomb. Amazing isn’t it. Sadly a lot of her story was destroyed but her greedy step son. But still incredible to look at, and walk up to. If you are able to zoom in you will see the Great Warriors that still stand guard over her tomb to this day. They are still fully intact.

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Final stop of the day, these were literally just found days before we got here. This huge thing! Isn’t it incredible? I think so. Ps this our awesome tour guide!

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This is the Temple of Horus, yet another amazing temple telling stories thousands of years old. This temple held more battle scenes in lives before moving forward to the next life. As you can probably tell the cravings!

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Millions of pieces of history right here in between my hands, I just can’t imagine the things they got to witness, what they left for us to find.

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Our last temple of this day was the Temple of Sebek and Haroeris. This temple tells you about everyday lives, children being born or wives or family trees basically. Actually very cool.

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Views from the this temple wasn’t bad either. Just beautiful.

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Here is the Nile, Gorgeous to look at sad to think about every one throwing trash in it. Despite the rumors or the catchy phrases you hear, there are no more Nile Crocodiles and no more hippos are run out or killed. Luxor 13

Another Nile view. Moms particularly fond of this picture. The Nile is beautiful to admire.

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Our last day on the Nile ended in a sunset with a sail boat ride. Just fabulous, over looking the Valley of the Kings. Watching the waves slowly slip in and out quite peaceful really.

Well thanks for sailing down the part of the map with me. Never stop exploring all that the Nile has to offer.

 

Destination Cairo, Egypt!

I already know what you thinking all the way over their that’s scary. No! No! No! It’s actually amazing. It has been in the top three of my bucket list for years on years. Finally one day I just looked at mom and said if you are leaving this earth due to your cancer damnit your doing this with me. That day we went booked it, and I will admit about two weeks before hand I got scared and was like no I’m not I can’t do this. But I dug down deep and found courage and boarded that plane and said to myself if we get attacked at least i saw one of my number things before i left. So it was a seventeen and half hour flight, oh yes you read that correctly. It was so crazy we flew to Canada, then to Germany and finally Cairo. I was ready to get off the planes. It was so long. Also for your safety they will repeatedly tell you don’t drink the water bottled water is fine. They have some bacteria in the main stream and they also pull from the Nile so when brush your teeth, wash your face, whatever. Keep plenty of bottled water around I think we had about ten to fifteen by the end of our trip.

 

So finally we get of the plane and something amazing happened I finally got to see what I have been waiting my whole life for. The Pyramids. The actually legit Pyramids. I was jumping with excitement my poor mom suffering from jet lag and I’m over like oh my gosh! We are here, and all this stuff. So while we were here we stayed at the Marriot Mena House. It was so perfect. Now lets get real here on the way here I literally thought I was going to die, I’m sorry people run out in the middle of the road and the drivers don’t stop. We in fact hit someone! Not even joking!! She ran out, and our driver smacked her in the head with the mirror. Just like that pop.

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This was our dinner view, I know pictures don’t do any justice what so ever. But man i could have sat there all night. Despite the fact they were having a wedding, and our tour started at 6 a.m the next morning.

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So this picture was a complete and total accident. But it shows you what the other Pyramids look like from back here at least we we’re located behind it. Oh man I just can’t even pictures just don’t do the justice it deserves.

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So finally Pyramid time!! Clearly you can tell how excited i was, and yes I went in all three of them. We will get to that soon, lets talk about this stuff first like how big that stones are compared to your average human. Or how many camels were running around. Also the heat. The heat was brutal.

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So this is one block compared to mom and I. Just one so imagine having to drag just one across the dessert.

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So this is the second biggest Pyramid behind us. Camels sadly are worked until they can’t anymore then they eat them. Sad true, it’s crazy they are just wondering around with brightly colored harnesses and blankets on their saddles. Lets get real the heat was like 108 on a good day and this was in April. I would hate to see it in July or August. The three Pyramids were build as tombs for grandfather, son, and grandson. So after that they started building the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The Mummies that were once in these Pyramids, are now located in the Cairo Museum of Natural History. Which I did visit on my last day and there will be a special blog dedicated to it.

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Inside the Pyramids, I ventured into all three of them. TIP you need to crawl in backwards don’t even fight it. Trust me i tried and failed. There a multiple low passages like this one. Who these people were able to do this while holding a 600 plus pound Sarcophagus, it must have been interesting. The largest the Pyramid you climb up and to the top you start backwards, then after you climb to the next level you can turn yourself around. It is a planks of wood, and every three of four is a steel bar. Its steep, but well worth the climb. The entrance is what is really cool, you have to climb up to about the middle then the entrance is curved in. The medium and smallest one, you crawl down backwards. Its quite fun. Surprisingly its cooler, again crawl don’t fight it. You will smack your head.

So story time after we toured the Pyramids, I decided oh how cool would it be to jump off the biggest one. So I climbed up, and got ready for the picture and went to jump and fell flat on my face. I to this day have a  “S” shaped scar on my knee. I’m sure that I’m in some ones tourist photo’s falling flat on my face.

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So the saying goes everybody tries to kiss the Sphinx so of course i did. I had a better photo but my knee was gushing blood at the moment, so I decided to spare you and use this one. Which they did take me to town for medical treatment I personally was fine with out it but because I fell in the sand, and rocks they were concerned. So they rubbed a home made antibiotic that literally set my entire leg on fire. For several hours, ugh I was like yea I just needed a washcloth and soap and I would have cleaned it out. But point of this is be aware especially in foreign countries. This Sphinx was discovered solely because somebody came into this man’s dream and said uncover the Sphinx and you will be king. So he and several others, uncovered it and indeed he became a king of Egypt a short lived king but hey he did it.

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Hopefully this gives you a better size comparison to what it actually looks like. So the Pyramid directly behind this is the second one it’s the most intact one, the largest someone tried to blow up and the smallest the colors have worn away with the elements. First two built with a limestone finish and third one was built more with a red clay finish.

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The next pyramid you are eying is a King and Queen TT for short. They actually ruled a different part of Egypt and they deeply cared about all whom served them so they not only had their tombs built together as one, they also built a separate tomb for nobles and some servants during there reign. Again backwards you go, but when you get to bottom this time its different. In Egypt they believe in a wonderful and lush afterlife. Servants would bring food, gold, jewels anything as a offering for the after life Gods. They believed in the Star, and Sun God to carry them into the next life. They had stars carved all over their tombs oh it was beautiful. Sadly being a tourist some of the guides basically sit on top of you so it is hard to take photos. So in advance I’m sorry I snuck what I could.

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This one I was able snap really quick, it was located in the Nobles and Servants tomb. It depicting one by one them offering something to the Gods as they move on to the next life. The “All Seeing Eye” as many call it, actually means good luck and wealth. The staph means a God, and this one down here that looks like it destroyed, is a God of Truth she is one you see after you first move on to the after life.

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So they actually just found this statue about six months prior our arrival is located in a town called Memphis. Some locals described it as a crocodile floating down the Nile River. That would be a huge crocodile, and actually is of a King that once ruled Memphis shortly after the ruling, it then became Upper and Lower Egypt. Some rulers could rule both, others just one or the other. Now what’s weird is Lower Egypt is actually to the north and Upper Egypt is located south. Confusing I know.

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So take a second and look in this photo, the Sphinx is it a male of female? It is in fact a female the first solo Queen Ruler of both Lower and Upper Egypt. She was a beloved ruler to all expect one. When she took the double crown, her step son was only four he grew up in hatred she took the crown instead of him. So one night he came into her room and murdered her for the double crown. He demanded any recognition of her to be destroyed, erased from time. Fortune for her she had already had a tomb built and se was able to be put to rest for many, many years. I’ll show you in the Valley of Pharaohs blog. Sadly her body has also been moved to the Cairo Museum of History. She was a amazing ruler, and this and a few other pieces are all they have left of her ruling.

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So if you read or have read my other blogs, you know that I love making friends with the wildlife. This is Moses, isn’t he precious! Him and I trekked through the dessert, to see the pyramids align with the sunset. Oh it was so beautiful. Not even going to try and get out this one, I was terrified sitting on that camel. I was fine petting it, but once I sat down i started panicking. I don’t know what came over me, whether it was the height from the camel and myself or I thought I was going to be thrown. Don’t know, but I’m thankfully I faced my fear and did it. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

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So this is only the first part of my journey, keep reading for more the next day I boarded ship to sail down to the Nile, and made lots of amazing stops along the way.

So for now thanks for traveling to this part of the map with me. Don’t fall of the Pyramids when you next visit Giza and Cairo.