This was, I would say, a classic trip to Egypt. Egypt really gave me an appreciation for just how ancient and absolutely brilliant the architecture and the art are there. The Pyramids are huge. You stand next to them and feel so small and just in awe of this last remaining wonder of the ancient world that is still here.
We started our Nile cruise in Luxor. The Nile to this day is the most important artery in Egypt; it is what gives Egypt life.
You can see most of its main sites just by sticking to the banks of the Nile. Once you get to longer places the boat docks and you can get off the boat and see the temples there, which were absolutely and probably the easiest way to see the temples was by going down on a cruise boat.
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The first temple that we went to was Karnak, it is one of the biggest in Egypt. Inside is just the forest of columns, that are towering above your head.
The Luxor Temple is really fascinating because there’s evidence of three different religions in it. So of course, there are the ancient Egyptian religions were they the Egyptian Gods, but there’s also a mosque built into the side of it.
There’s also evidence of Christianity in the temple because in the back there are scratched-off hieroglyphs that show the Apostles and hat show, Jesus.
Getting to Edfu was really interesting. We took a horse-drawn carriage to get to Edfu, which is the traditional way to get there, from the banks of the River Nile. What I really loved Edfu is that it was one of the temples you could really get lost in, where some of the other ones it’s kind of just a square or rectangular shape.
There were corridors and passageways where you could get lost, and some come to a dead end. Some of them connect, and you’re not a hundred percent sure where you’re going to end up. It’s one of the few places where you can feel like maybe you are one of the explores back in Victorian times.
My Absolutes favorite thing that I did on the trip took a hot-air balloon from Luxor. What you do is fly up above the tombs and temples and it’s absolutely beautiful and you can see just how important the Nile is to this area from that because it’s such a huge contrast between the lush green banks with the ancient tombs carved out into the stones of the desert just beyond.
Egypt Has made such a contribution to art in the western world and cultures the world over. Some of them, most beautiful examples of what life was like are still on display in Egypt today.
The right time is really perfect to go to Egypt as it’s just starting to wake up again and people are finally starting to go back.