Trowel Tales: The AIA Blog

January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 21:  Road trip to Abydos and Dendera After a lovely day visiting the sites of the Queen’s Valley and Medinat Habu in the West Bank of Luxor yesterday, today we took a three-hour road trip to Abydos Temple (or Seti I and Ramses II) to witness the majestic and lofty scenes and its famed King List. The group members loved seeing rural Egyptian life along the Nile and canals. The route back was on the desert road, cutting the big loop of the Nile and reaching Dendera in a timely way to see its noted zodiac, secret basement rooms and the historical image of Cleoptra VII and her son Caesarion as this was the last temple built at the end of the Ptolemaic period. While reading or napping on the return trip, we came... Read More
January 26, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012:  Luxor By Thursday we had flown down to the Upper Egyptian town of Luxor to stay at the historic Winter Palace Hotel.  As elsewhere in Egypt, I had visited many, many times before, but the lower number of tourists made this occasion truly delightful and relaxing. The massive excavation of the colonnade of sphinxes long-buried under urban Luxor now presents a spectacular visual link between Karnak and Luxor temples. It was an evening visit to illuminated Luxor temple that was truly exceptional. Our group was simply the only one present. We had the entire temple to ourselves. Our excellent guide, Mohamed, did not have to jostle with crows or shout to be heard. For those wanting to visit Egypt as a... Read More
January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012: Back on the Giza Plateau and the Egyptian Museum I have visited the Pyramids in Egypt scores of times, but I must admit I never saw so few people. The events in Egypt have clearly discouraged tourists, but despite this important misfortune to the Egyptian economy, it is truly a time for shopping bargains and all of the significant sites to be easily visited without having to wade through huge crowds that had long been the norm making visits to sites as a sometimes logistic nightmare amongst polyglot guides, trying to find your tourist bus and make your purchases. Honestly, this is the time to go to Egypt. Still no reports of injuries or incidents to tourists, but, as always, it is better to traveled escorted with... Read More
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