After little sleep yet again we were off to the Valley of the Kings. It was our first stop of the day and we were all ridiculously excited. The fact we weren't going to another temple added to the euphoria. It was very close to Luxor, about 10mins. We drove through the baron landscape and into the valley which is actually nestled on a mountain. We were so sad when Wally, our tour guide, told us we couldn't take cameras in. With our tickets in hand we grabbed the little road train up to the entrance. We were allowed to visit 3 tombs with Tutenkamens extra coin, but our guide advised against it as there were much better tombs.
The first tomb was Ramses 4th (where I snuck the picture), followed by Thutmes 3rd with Merenptah the last. They were amazingly preserved with most of the colours and writings intact. The tombs go down into the mountain a fair way with Thutmes the longest and most complex of the ones we saw. An absolutely awesome experience. There are 64 tombs so far with the most recent found in 2006. However there is a big buzz at the moment. Workers, Archaeologists and high ranking government officials are everywhere. A well has been found in the last few weeks and they are excited about what it's connected to. We would love to have gone in every tomb. But hey, we've just been in the Valley of the Kings. Awesome! Yeah, I know!
After that experience it was off to Hatshepsut temple. She was the only queen to be buried in the Kings Valley. The temple is impressive but how do you get excited after where we had just been. It was a quick stop at the Colossi of Memnon then onto Karnak Temple which is the largest temple in the world. Great, another temple. But this was pretty impressive and took quite a bit of time to wander around.
It was then back to the hotel to grab our bags and split the group. We said our goodbyes to the British and the Columbians, Natalia & Betty. Our group is down to 8 and we are on a bus to Hurghada. Our sightseeing is over for a few days but we have planned diving, quad biking in the desert and a night out at Ministry of Sound. Will be nice to have some downtime......and no more temples.