View of the Nile from our hotel room.
First glimpse of a felucca.
Late afternoon on the Nile in Luxor.
Our first full day of touring we visited 3 of the "must see" West bank sights of Luxor - Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Queens. Cameras were allowed only at the Temple of Hatshepsut. So, we'll have to rely more on Barbara's journal rather than my sketchy commentary.
The West bank is where the sun sets. As a result, the ancients considered it the place for the after life. More than 62 tombs have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings. We visited 3 of them - Ramses III, Saptah, and Merenptah. Each tomb had a little something different and a lot the same. I was amazed at the colors of some of the pictographs. I found it a hard to believe that these vivid colors would survive the ages that well. I was assured, however, that the colors were actually the original and not restorations. Some of the colors were bright blue, yellows and red. Most of the walls were not colored but various shades of brown.
Our second stop was the Temple of Hatshepsut. The Temple is striking in its architecture and its size. The Temple is built on three levels. The picture on the right is taken on the middle level.
Our guide, Moeman, and Granny looking at one of the pictorgraphs.
One more wall of pictograph. Click to enlarge and see it better.
The massive scale is illustrated by comparison with the intrepid duo.
On our way to Hatshepsut, we stopped at an alabaster shop where Granny took a turn trying to drill a hole in the ground.
On the right, Moeman and Granny in the obligatory tourist market that exists at the exit of each of the sites.