Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Getting ready to cruise the Nile

The EVER AWESOME BLUE BUS Crew, Osman [in the black top], “Rambo” in a suit. Judi and I were “protecting “Rambo” HA HA! We met some really wonderful people!
Our floating Home the H.S. Radamis I Movenpick Mövenpick Radamis I offer a full sightseeing program in the company of an expert guide. The ancient city of Thebes offers the great temples of Luxor and Karnak on the East Bank of Luxor, while the West Bank is the site of the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the tombs of the Valleys of the Kings and Queen. After sailing through the Nile lock at Esna there is a visit to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, and then Kom Ombo Temple. Aswan, in the heart of Nubian is home to the beautiful island temple of Philae and in stark contrast, the High Dam, a modern engineering feat that offers a stunning view of Lake Nasser. The Unfinished Obelisk still lies in its quarry, but had it be completed it would have been the tallest ever produced. Enjoy this beautiful region of Egypt by sailing the Nile in a traditional felucca, the ideal way to observe the abundance of flora and fauna. Seeing our new home for the first time.
WOW, what a place. Egypt is so different and the allure of the history is ever present. We were very fortunate in having for an entire week a guide that made history come alive. Granted I am into history, the prior post is surely a testament to that. Osman [a native to Luxor, Egypt] gave us so much history that most of it leaked out…
Being able to remember snippets helped as I am still pouring over articles and sites here state side. Lilli commented upon my propensity for the history and I am truly guilty there, but I full well know she was being kind. I suppose researching for me helps to instill the knowledge further into my memory banks.
So speaking of BANKS, let’s begin to enjoy the NILE!
Views from the Sun Deck of the boat of the City of Luxor
Spring time in Egypt
While not our ship this will give you a look at what we saw. Luxor is a truly beautiful city. Even the airport was good-looking.


oldmanlincoln said...

What a holiday it must be. Those kinds of places are things I have dreamed about. But never got there.

Old Wom Tigley said...

My brother and his wife went many years ago, and his wife went back after he died and scattered some of his ashes there... they both fell in love with the area.. I have really enjoyed your last few posts and it as bought my brother back into my thoughts.

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a fabulous trip

dot said...

Wow, what a trip you had! Such interesting places. Great photos!