Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Travel: Cairo, Luxor and Aswan

"No wonder, Luxor has been referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum. We arrived in the wee hours of the morn and instead of crawling back into bed, sat spellbound at our hotel room balcony that provided a breathtaking view of the Nile and the valleys beyond. It was lovely to watch how the still waters of the Nile at day break slowly transformed to a busy port during the day, with several cruise liners docking in. From the balcony we could also see the famed Luxor temple. Modern living and history co-exist here, a good blend of the past and present.
We set off energetically to attack Egypt’s history. We first visited the museum, which housed some of the most magnificent figurines of kings and queens, excavated from the temples.
We proceeded to the next historical wonder of Karnak temple complex. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders. Karnak during ancient time was Ipet-isut, meaning ‘The most sacred of places’. We could feel the triumphs and tribulations of Kings Ramses, Amon Re, Tuthmosis and Queens Nefertiti, Nefartari, Hetshepsut, etc through their life size statues and obelisks."
See the above page for the entire account.

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