Sunday, December 11, 2005

World of the Pharaohs
A travel article looking at Luxor and Cairo: "There's nothing like absorbing history hands-on. That's why I am enduring, er -- enjoying -- 100-degree-plus July heat, a daily dust bath, endless hassling from souvenir vendors and pushing through busloads upon busloads of tourists.
Physical challenges aside, the trip is worth it. In fact, the wealth of such unfathomably old monuments and fascinating details of such an advanced, ancient civilization are almost too much to take in. Luxor is the epicenter of a journey back to the world of the pharaohs. Located along the banks of the muddy Nile River in central Egypt, the modern town sprung up on the site of ancient Thebes, the capital of a newly unified nation 4,000 years ago. You don't have to go far to start sightseeing. In the middle of town sit the ruins of the grand Luxor Temple, built of huge blocks of stone and guarded by massive statues of the kings of the day, standing and seated with ramrod stiffness."

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