Our two week visit to Egypt over
spring break was an opportunity to see the ruins and artifacts that date
back 5 millennium and to enjoy fun in the sun on the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheik,
near the site Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments. We strolled
the streets of Cairo, rode camels around the pyramids, explored old tombs
and spent two days in the Cairo Museum being awed by the rich culture of
ancient Egypt. After that we spent a week at Sharm El Sheik, basking in the
sun, snorkeling in the crystal clear Red Sea with fantastic viewing of multicolored
fish and coral. Our last 4 days was spent in Luxor, in upper Egypt on the
Nile river. There we visited the Valley of the Kings and Queens and saw
the tombs of ancient Pharaohs. We also visited the temple of Luxor and Karnak
containing acres of memories left as a legacy by the ancient dynasties. Especially
impressive was the light show at Karnak under the clear, starlit sky. On
an all day Nile cruise we visited a Roman era temple at Dendera built to
honor the Egyptian Gods. It was in excellent condition with the roof still
intact! (Made of stone.) Of course any visit to Egypt and the Nile would
not be complete without the Felucca ride. (Egyptian Sailboat dating back many
Click on pictures to enlarge them.
Our hotel in Cairo, old world charm!
Our "old world charm" dining room.
We visited Cairo during the "Eid Al-Adha",
which is a Muslim holy celebration of sacrifice
and feasting. These are sheep skins waiting
to be picked up.
The Nile and part of Cairo's skyline,
with two Feluccas moored.
Rahotep and Nefert in the Cairo Museum. (Fourth
dynasty, 2723 BC.)
Paintings and carvings in a
tomb near Cairo .
- Mykerinos, King of Upper and Lower Egypt,
The steward Amenemhet and his wife with
their son Intef. His sister Hapi stands to the
Offerings are piled up on the table. 11th dynasty
Note the size of this
statue of Amenophis III and Tyi!
Tutankhamun, boy king! 18th dynasty (1352-1344
- Tutankhamen's chair found in the tomb.
Dianna and her
camel named Ali Baba!
named "Mickey Mouse")
The Pyramids at Giza, about a 15 minute
ride from our hotel in Cairo.
What a way to see the Pyramids!
- Our View of the Pyramids
from our camels.
Pyramids up close!
Sphinx with the pyramids in the background.
We visited the earliest pyramids built about
10 kilometers from those at Giza at a place
The tomb of two good friends at the Saqqara
Some of the colossal ruins at the Temple of
Karnak in Luxor.
Guardians of the gate in the temple at Karnak
- Entrance to the tomb
More from the Karnak temple.
These ruins cover 60 acres!
The temple at Luxor at night.
Our View across the Nile, from our hotel (Novotel)
to the mountains where the Valley of the
Kings and Queens is located.
A view at the entrance to a tomb in the
Valleyof the Kings at Luxor.
The manufacture of alabaster vases by hand.
Note the tools on the left to hollow out the inside
of the rock. This was near the Valley of
the Kings by Luxor.
The cruise boat we took down the Nile to the
Temple at Dendera.
The hotel Kanabesh we stayed at in Sharm
Our View the Sinai mountains from our other
hotel (Helnan Marina).