Friday, April 10, 2009

Walk Like an Egyptian

Well, considering I took over 400 pictures, fitting my awesome and incredible trip to Egypt into a blog is going to be hard. Here it goes...

Day 1- Luxor
We got onto the boat after a quick and easy flight and were immediately separated into an American only group. This continued throughout the week. It was like we had a flag stamp on our heads. I'm talking they wouldn't even let anyone sit with us at lunch. Anyway, then we met our CRAZY tour guide Shahhat. Nuts. After getting settled in, it was time for some sun. The tours start on Day 2. See our boat here.

View from the boat. :)

Day 2- Luxor (Karnak and Luxor Temples, Papyrus Shop)
Our first visit was to one of the largest temples, Karnak. Karnak was added onto by many Pharaohs, leading to a sprawling complex.

And then onto Luxor Temple. The large statues you see are of Ramses II, the Pharaoh at the time of Moses. He was into himself big time. His name was on just about everything we saw, whether he built it or not!

Day 3- Luxor (Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's Temple, Colossi of Memnon)

Colossi of Memnon, built to protect the largest tomb and temple of the time. It is currently being excavated.

The Valley of the Kings was incredible! The entire time I was just imagining what these places would look like with all their treasures inside. It was also neat to see that they are still finding tombs even today.

Of course, King Tut's tomb was especially cool. His mummy was in there! (PS- He's tiny and very brown.)

Hatshepsut was a female Pharaoh who dressed in a man's beard. This large place was her burial temple. This day was hot!! 102 degrees plus. It was worth it though!

Day 4- Edfu (Temple of Horus)

See how some of the picture is chipped off? The Coptic Christians chipped off the parts they considered offensive. Apparently, the b00b of the lady was much less offensive then their faces. Hmmm...

Cleopatra's Cartouche

For more pictures and info- Click Here I would go into more detail but my tummy still isn't back to normal (yes, I got sick, but on the last day). Maybe tomorrow.


Cole said...

WELCOME BACK!! It looks like you had an absolute blast! Your pictures are beautiful. I hope we get to see more of them.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

It looks like you had an amazing time! I'm sorry to hear that you got sick. I too have alot of stomach issues with food and traveling. I'm glad you at least made it to the end!!!! Hope you feel better soon! Great pictures!

daniella said...

Looks beautiful...and hot! I had a slight flashback from when we lived in Yuma, AZ. I got so used to 110 degree weather for 5 straight months out of the year that when we moved to D.C. I wouldn't go in the pool - in the middle of July - because it was "freezing".

Anywho, I'll be the brat with guts and ask why you wore only bermuda shorts when clearly you have sexy legs? Was it because they are too sexy and the temples & tombs didn't allow it? Was it because some Egyptian would want to buy you with 700 camels, and your hubby wasn't ready to sell you off just yet? Because you're totally worth it. BUT...If dressing such was was for modesty and comfort than I need to do a little tutorial on looking chic while maintaining some modesty while visiting hot climate places. I learend the hard way in Yuma.

Your hair an tan looked AWESOME! Can't wait to hear more stories. (I bet some Egyptian really wanted to buy you off and make you one of his wives.)

Welcome back. Hope your tummy feels better soon. Or maybe it wont after you read this comment. HA!

Jaime said...

welcome back!!!!!!!!!
pretty cool pics and history lesson.

Jill said...

Incredible! What an amazing trip.

I hope you're feeling better soon.

silver star said...

Neat pictures! I'm glad you made it through most of your trip w/o getting sick.

J said...

Welcome back!! Nice description of King Tut and also the removed boob. -lol
I remember a History Channel show about the life of Hatshepsut. I found it quite interesting. I'll check FB for more photos.

again....welcome home :)

Kari Beth said...

very cool pictures! thanks for sharing!

jlc said...

PERFECTTTT Title!! And these pics are just surreal!!

Welcome back. :)

Via said...

Hatshepsut was actually the only female pharaoh ever to rein in Egypt! I love the pictures! We just finished a massive Egyptian Art study, and it's great to see these things!

JohnsonFamily said...

What no pyramids?

Looks like y'all had an amazing time! I'm a bit jealous:-) What did they have for y'all to eat?

Tell Jordan hello for me.


The Mrs. said...

whew your back, I was going thru withdrawal.

Your pictures are amazing! It looks and sounds like a fantastic trip. Your making me wish we had traveled before kids... but I hear there is actually life after them!

nice to have you back : )

FROGGITY! said...

woah. those pics are great!! looks like a wonderful trip! welcome back!

Sara said...

So cool! I've been dying to see Egypt. Awesome pick for a trip!

Mrs. Smith said...

OMG - amazing! It looks like you had an incredible time...can't wait to see more photos and hear more about your trip! So sorry to hear you got sick...hope that you feel better soon though. xoxo!

Stacey said...

Welcome home! I am just in awe of your pictures. What an amazing time you had...I cannot imagine seeing that stuff in person. What a blessing that you got the opportunity!!! I'm glad you had fun, and I'm glad that you weren't sick during the whole trip. I'm sorry you ended up getting sick at the end though...get to feeling better soon!!!

Jon and Steph said...

Amazing! How neat that you got to see so many incredible pieces of history! I'm dying to go now.....

Your pictures were awesome, thanks for sharing!!!
Did you get sea (river) sick on the boat?

I'm so sorry you were sick the last day, but thankfully it wasn't during the beginning of your trip! Hope you feel better soon ;)

SassyEngineer said...

How amazing! It looks like it was such a neat trip - I love historical places and thinking about what it was like when it was bustling with life back in the day.

Hope you are feeling better soon!