Woke up and had a quick breakfast before packing up our bags and heading out on to the road in a somewhat small and jammed mini van.
We drove north along the Nile on some very small and dusty roads to our first stop which was Kom Ombo temple. This temple is quite unique in that it is dedicated to two gods and visitors respected both of them. Horus and and also the crocodile god Sobek. After visiting Rome, I found that the temples here were in comparatively much better condition. The roof wasnt holding up too well, but the walls and pillars still had fantastic detail of them, depicting the stories of the pharoahs and gods. The temple is also symmetrical between its two axis.
We continued north to the next temple which was Edfu. Again, I found it to be in fantastic condition and some of the walls still had their original red and blue colour decorations. The temple was built during the Ptolemiac period which occured after the death of Alexander and is often refered to as the Greco-Roman period in Ancient Egypt.
North again for another couple of hours or so before reaching Luxor. Checked straight into the hotel which was very nice and had around 1.5hrs break time. Petrina had to leave to go the airport, so had the room to myself. Got a pizza from the hotel restraurant which took forever to cook so had to get it takeaway. Left the hotel at around 4.30pm and went down to the Nile to pick up the other half of our group who did the Nile cruise instead of the Felucca. From there we went to the amazing Luxor Temple.
The Luxor Temple was built around 1400BC and was dedicated to a trio of local gods. Nowadays it is a great collection of columns, halls, statues, a line of mini sphinxes and an obelisk. The current obelisk which stands in the Place de la concorde (Paris) came from here. We arrived just on sunset so had a spectacluar view of it. Wally showed us around before being given more free time to explore.
Afterwards we went to a local papyrus factory that claimed to be authentic and original (papyrus' are paintings/drawings on a canvas made of a local plant), however after realising you could buy any of the prints in different sizes, and all the sizes looked exactly the same, I didnt feel to inclined to pay a higher price for 'original' paintings. Afterwards myself, Caitlin, Dean, Jess, Dan and Jack went to an equally unauthentic Irish pub across the word, with signs of Guiness everywhere but not a drop of it in sight. Still good to be in a pub that sold beer though. A bit of a rareity in Egypt. Today was Deans birthday, so the staff brought out a big cake and all sang happy birthday. We walked back to the hotel and decided to go for a swim on the rooftop pool at around 11pm, however upon realising the rather cold temperature of the pool, decided against it. The rooftop did have a very nice view of the Nile, Luxor itself and the West Bank though.