19.10.2010 - 23.10.2010
On Friday morning we left The Pharoah's Hotel and flew from Cairo to Luxor. We arrived at Luxor on Friday morning and checked into the Sheraton, thanks to our starwood points! Since our room was not ready yet, we left our bags with the hotel and went out to explore Luxor. Of course, the nudniks here began to harrass us! There was one guy who kept following us with his horse and carriage. He kept making the same joke "Come meet my Ferrari- one horse power!" When he said he would drive us around for 10 Egyptian pounds we decided this was a great deal, so why not? The horse and carriage ride ended up being amazing. It kicked Central Park's horse and carriage ride's butt! The driver was so nice, and took us shopping in the local market. After riding around for a few hours, we thought this was a great deal until he dropped us off at the hotel and asked for 150 Egyptian pounds for the ride! So annoying, but still worth it!
On Sunday morning we woke up at 5:30 am, which I fear may become a theme on this trip, as many excursions insist on beginning at sunrise! Normally I would complain about getting up this early, but when I get to watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon- I have no problem. It would have been romantic- but we shared the basket with 20 other people! (But it was still romantic because I have never squeezed Joey so tightly!
From over 3,000 feet up, we had a view of Luxor's Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Queen Hatshepsut's temple all while floating directly over the Nile. The hot air balloon ride was awesome- and surprisingly very calm and smooth. Even the landing was smooth- especially since we landed on someone's corn field!
The rest of our Luxor trip included the Karnak Temple, Luxor, Temple, a trip to the Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut's Temple. Seeing the temples from inside were like history lessons coming to life. Everything we learned about hieroglyphics, and ancient Egyptian life was right before our eyes- cool.
Since we decided to make this trip truly about experiences- we decided to take an overnight train back to Cairo- instead of flying. We squeezed into tiny room in the sleeper car that barely fit us and our huge backpacks. The room felt even smaller when the train conductor folded out the table, and the bunk beds. After laughing about it for the first hour- we only had 7 more hours to go!