We started at the Philae Temple in Aswan, the temple dedicated to Isis. So many of the temples were moved in this area when they build the Low and High Dams that just standing at these places and thinking about how they moved and entire temple made of stone, with hieroglyphics covering the walls and there was barely any damage done is almost too much to comprehend.
The next day we ventured off to Abu Simbel...on yet another terrifying car ride! To get to Abu Simbel you can fly or drive. If you drive you have to go in an armed convoy- yet another way the government is protecting the tourists here (although they didn't protect the bus that crashed and killed a few the day before...) The rules of driving to Abu Suimbel- don't pass the lead vehicle. And that's it! You can drive 140 km/h, you can pass pop and tea thru the window from another car at this speed, you can drive 5 across the single lane highway, and if someone is coming the other way, the lead vehicle signals so everyone gets back in line. Oh and at night, when you are driving back, don't use your lights! After this ride Abu Simbel was almost a letdown, since I had devoted most of my energy to trying to make the backseat driver brake work! Really, Abu Simbel was fantastic, and was another temple that was completely moved from its original position. It was a beautiful tribute to Ramses, who loved himself so much he had numerous temples built to himself!
|Karnak Temple, East Bank|
|The Ramesseum, another temple dedicated to Ramses 2|