Claire’s travel diary for the Adventures of Luxor and Makadi Bay
First day in the saddle, through villages, banana and sugarcane plantations to the Colossi of Memnon and Habu Temple aboard the beautiful Gypsy. The colossi are statues of Pharoah Amenhotep III are 3,400 years old!! Habu Temple (Medinet Habu) is the mortuary temple of Ramesses III and was constructed around 2,500 years ago. The mind boggles at the sheer age of these structures!!
Day 2: Today was a massive day! It is difficult to choose my favourite photos, as I love them all! First, The Valley of The Kings. I visited Tutankhamun’s tomb and saw his mummy and gold sarcophagus, and visited the tombs of Ramesses I, VI and VII (a total of 12 Ramesses ruled in total) and Merenptah, which were all amazing. Then The Valley of The Workers (the workers who built the tombs). Whilst much smaller, they are also spectacularly decorated and painted. Absolutely incredible!!
A brief visit to an alabaster and stone carving house followed – souvenirs were purchased! Then lunch (more food!) with my wonderful Ride Egypt team. Then Medinet Hubu, the interior this time. This was AMAZING! The carving is so deep (old Ramesses III did not want his carvings weathered or erased – they were to be there for all eternity), and the colours so unbelievable vivid for paint that is more than 3000 years old.After Habu, I went for a camel ride along The Nile. Not so comfortable as a horse! After the camel, I took a delightful sunset sail on a traditional Felucca. A long, but fantastic day! ❤️☀️
Day 3: Another huge day today! First we begin with Luxor Temple, constructed in around 1400 BC. Then onto Karnak Temple. An avenue of Rams head sphinxes lead to the entrance. The hypostyle hall is truly awesome in every sense of the word. There are 134 of these great columns, in 16 rows. Twelve of these columns are 21 meters tall with a diameter of 3 meters; the others are merely 10 metres tall! It is an incredible site! The sacred lake would have looked far more spectacular 3000 years ago when it was connected to The Nile. It’s purpose: for the bathing and cleansing of the Pharoah only. The temple complex is enormous, with many separate buildings and squares. Amazing!