Have you ever had one of those long-time, you’re thinking I’ll probably never-achieve this dream, of doing something? Strange as it may be, Egypt was “one” of those places I just had to see. When sharing with family and friends I was actually going to Egypt, I got mixed reactions. From Why? To Really? To Wow! I’m here to tell you it was a Wow! You quickly forget the 11 hour flight because arriving in Cairo you feel you have stepped back in time. Cairo, Luxor, the Nile River, Aswan, Abu Simbel, names that sound exotic, and believe me they are. Cairo is a huge city with hordes of people crammed in to one little area, BUT they have the Pyramids and the Sphinx. 2560BC is a year I can’t wrap my mind around. Impressive, oh yes, and in case you’re wondering, I did ride a camel. I also held on for dear life.
But let’s get out of the city to see the real Egypt. Luxor – city on the Nile. Home of the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Karnak, The Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Kings, and Luxor is also the beginning of most Nile River Cruises. The Nile River is 4184 miles long and you just float on it for 3 or 4 days. I saw scenes that were surely straight from Biblical times. You see rich, fertile soil with farmers working their fields (no tractors by the way), and men and boys fishing for dinner. It was the perfect way to see this area in ease and comfort. They even had a great pool on board. Also the perfect place to take a hot-air balloon ride.
But for me, the highlight was flying to Abu Simbel to see the 2 temples carved out of rock that Pharaoh Ramses II had built in 1257BC. The interior is remarkably preserved and contains a series of halls & rooms extending back a total of 185 feet from the entrance. The long first hall is 54 feet wide and 58 feet deep with 2 rows of statues of Ramses each 30 feet high. The hieroglyphics are so clear. Even more amazing, due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, this temple was completely disassembled, and reassembled to a new location to avoid flooding. They actually took it apart and moved it to a safe place on Lake Nasser. That whole day was beyond words.
Now that I’ve peaked your interest about Egypt (or I hope I have), I have compiled several Travel Tips for Egypt. I won’t bore you with all of them, but here are my top 3.|
- Drink only bottled water and drink it all day long. It’s hot there!
- Strong sunscreen and a hat are musts.
- Relax, smile and go with the flow – you’re in Egypt!
For more Travel Tips to Egypt – just ask me!