Today was going to be a long time on the bus as we were heading for Luxor. After little sleep last night we all tried to sleep on the bus but Egyptian roads are not really conducive to that. Our first stop was at Kom-Ombo to visit the temple of Sobek the crocodile headed evil god and Haroeris the Falcon headed good god. It was a beautiful setting but not quite as impressive as the next. After another hour we arrived at Etfu temple (pictured). It is the most preserved temple in Egypt, due to the fact it was buried in sand for such a long time. It is over 2000 years old and is an imposing structure. We felt dwarfed as we walked through it's entry gate.
We arrived in Luxor after a few more hours and checked into our hotel to freshen up. One of our kiwi members, P, had to leave to catch a flight home which was sad. The rest of us freshened up and it was off to Luxor temple. This would be the most impressive temple we have seen and being sunset really added to the atmosphere. We spent an hour there then on to a Papyrus factory. If we had a house we would have bought up big as they were amazing. We resisted buying anything and wandered over the road to the Irish pub. It was one of the Kiwis birthdays, Dean. We had to celebrate it in style so why not at an Irish pub in Egypt with southern hemispherians. We had dinner and a few drinks and the guide even organised cake. A great way to spend the night.
After that Jac and I had to head to the tourist police. She had her kindle stolen so we needed to file a report so we could claim insurance. We were given 2 options and took the easy one as it's pointless pursuing the suspect. With our report in hand we grabbed a bottle of vodka and headed back to the hotel to continue b'day celebrations. We found our small crew on the roof and had a few more drinks. We had a view of the mountain that houses the Valley of the Kings which is lit up at night. It would be the most impressive view we have ever had from a hotel. About 12.30am we headed off to bed for a few hours sleep. It seems to be a theme on this tour, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Birthday Deano!