| Don't miss part 1 of our visit to Luxor here. |
The next morning in Egypt started early for us with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Sorry for the slew of photos that follow; I couldn't pick just one!
It was cold and beautiful and a lot of fun. Sadly, we were supposed to fly directly over the Valley of the Kings but the wind was not in our favor. We did get to cross the Nile, though.
After that, we hit Habu, Karnak, and Luxor Temples.
Karnak Temple is fascinating. More than just your standard Ancient Egyptian Temple, Karnak's construction lasted 1,500 years. It is considered the most important place of worship in the New Kingdom. Its main structure (let alone its additional sanctuaries, pylons, and obelisks) is considered the largest religious structure ever built. The entire complex covers more than 2 sq km.
It was incredible to see the scale of what these ancient architects and workers were able to accomplish.
From Karnak Temple, we headed over to Luxor Temple.
With its central location in downtown Luxor, the Temple has been used through the ages for many purposes. That, along with the years of debris, led to a Muslim mosque bring built directly on top of the temple.
After Luxor, it was on to Alexandria! But that's a story for another day.
- VALLEY OF THE KINGS - my absolute favorite part of the entire trip
- Hatshepsut's Temple - amazing architecture
- Luxor Temple - it has the most interesting story to tell of Egypt through the ages
- Karnak Temple - a little piece of every Pharaoh (well, not quite, but you get the drift!
Habu Temple - it was a good temple to see to make up for Esna, but not so high on the list otherwise.
Eating - Hope you have some packed food, because Luxor had the worst food in all of Egypt and we gave it quite a few chances...
- Hot air balloon ride - I know; I'm as shocked as you that this would be on here! But tourism is so down in Egypt and everyone's looking to make a few extra bucks, so they way overpacked our basket. There was no room to even turn around, and our Asian friends struggled to even take a selfie! In the end, I wish we had rather saved a few bucks and slept in. But, we also did not fly the intended course so...