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What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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Another lovely red sea holiday tour guide. He was resposible for the organisation of the trip and supplied us all with macdonald cheeseburgers when we stopped to join the convoy to go back across the desert. All brits eat cheeseburgers of course. Not us usually but it was 4 hours since lunch and still 3 hours to returning to a meal at the hotel (they kept the dining room open for us) so we gratefully ate our burgers.
14th Mar 2012, 18:13   comments (0)

Luxor 5.30ish

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Wish I could have captured more, but there weren't so many speed bumps!

We eventually got back after 10pm!

A long but memorable day. It is possible to stay over in Luxor and make it a 2 day trip - I can see the attraction :)

14th Mar 2012, 17:18   comments (0)

Colossi of Memnon

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14th Mar 2012, 17:06   comments (0)

Temple of Hatshepsut the only female pharoah.

Think we did our visit in the wrong order I would have been more engaged if we had started here, then Valley of the Kings, (where you are not allowed to take photographs) and saved Karnak which was by far the best until last.

Looking at the website below, I can see that I should have looked closer at the statues. What was amazing was how modern it looked. Pictures of the hills around show caves which are also tombs.
14th Mar 2012, 16:56   | tags:comments (0)

Karnak Temple

Unfortunately I misuderstood the guide and thought we had stopped for toilets. The bus had to come back to bring my sun cream and insulin and in my rush to get them (worried about keeping people waiting) I left my camera on the bus.So any pictures I post here are from friends.
The temple is really quite amazing.
1. Is looking back at the sphinx avenue leading up to the temple.
13th Mar 2012, 12:09   comments (7)

Luxor - Sphinx alley & Karnak

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Only recently recovered and renovated I just got the view from the right hand side of the bus. My friend took the one to the left where many more sphinx remain.

The Kabash path connects the vast Karnak temple in ancient Thebes to the Luxor Temple.

It marks a route that ancient Egyptians promenaded along once a year carrying the statues of the deities Amun and Mut in a symbolic re-enactment of their marriage.

Amun was ancient Egypt's supreme god king, while Mut was a goddess worshipped as a mother.

The road was later used by the Romans and is believed to have been renovated by Cleopatra, the fabled Ptolemaic queen who left her cartouche - an inscribed hieroglyphic bearing her name - at the temple in Luxor.

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The bottom picture is the view across the road from the Karnak car park - note how quiet it is - I think it might be tourists only.
13th Mar 2012, 12:00   | tags:,,comments (1)

The journey from Qena to Luxor - security

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Each town has police men with guns in boxes, some high like this, a police security post and serious traffic bumps to make sure you can't speed past them. The roads to the villages are protected too by policeman often not in uniform, but still with guns as in the last picture.

Barbara's (slightly edited) comments on this...
There are chicanes built into the route so that everything has to slow down in order to pass through, and of course there were guards with guns, some even in turret type of brick built watchtowers on very spindly legs. Most of the cross roads and bridges were guarded by armed policemen both in uniform and native dress..
All the time extra traffic joined the road and by the time we reached the outskirts of Luxor the convoy included wagons with crates of caged chickens, huge trailers with sugar cane,lorries heaving with tomatoes and aubergines amongst everything else you could imagine. Our progress became slower and slower until, at a large " roundabout" we had to peel off into Luxor itself. Here we were engulfed by local traffic consisting of men on phutphut bikes,donkey carts and the most amazing horse and carriage taxi system. All black/ dark leather very shiny and brightly polished with amazing chrome work decoration.( you know don't you that the Elizabethans thought the dark Romany people came from Egypt and that's why they were called "Gypsies") just like the gypsy caravans travelling up to Appleby Fair!
It wasn't an organised roundabout just horns blaring, men shouting and postulating really more like mayhem than anything you can think of. Fortunately our driver knew the road, or just closed his eyes..... Whatever , we were round and on our way once more. Still very slow though.

After 5 hours travelling we arrived at the Temple at Karnak.
12th Mar 2012, 00:57   comments (6)

The journey from Qena to Luxor... 9.58- 10.15

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There were lots of these colourful vans, the back doors were often open and the van full of people. The whole journey was along the canal with bridges across to villages and fields. Sometimes there were boats and lines across the water - I think these were ferries.
12th Mar 2012, 00:31   comments (2)