Today, we went for a drive to the Valley of the Kings in the morning- visited the tombs of Ramses IV, Ramses VI, Tutankamun, and Horemheb, who was the General of the Egyptian Army under Tutankamun. Afterwards, we visited the temple of Karnak, which at one time, was connected to the temple at Luxor. This temple was originally built to worship one god, but over the years, adjoining temples were built alongside it to worship other gods, and also a Pharaoh. After lunch, we took a boat to the other side of the Nile, and visited a small Egyptian village. When we arrived, we were greeted by a few dozen of the local children; each one had a donkey or a camel for us to ride. I got on a donkey, and we began our tour of the town. We walked through the shopping district, then into the farming fields, where they grow sugar cane, bananas, lemons and other things. When we reached a long, straight road in the fields, the kids let our donkey's go, and we ended up having a few of them start running and causing a traffic jam- it was so much fun!!.
We arrived at our guide's home, where were went into their little farm, and got to hold lambs and kid's, and watched someone shearing a sheep. Had a tour of an old style house, and shown how to make sun bread, which is left in the sun for a several hours to help it rise.
Heading back across the river, we collected our bags from the cruise ship, and loaded them on the bus. We drove out to a Papyrus Art Gallery, and watched how ancient Egyptians made paper out of the Papyrus plant, then had some time to wander around the gallery and purchase some pieces. Once the shopping was over, we headed to the train station for the trip back to Giza.