Around the World: Egypt (Luxor and Cairo)


We spent two days in Luxor and half a day in Cairo – just enough to sample Egypt’s beauty. In Luxor, we visited the Valley of the Kings (including the tomb of King Tut). We also visited the great Karnak Temple and the massive Colossi of Memnon. For lunch, we boarded feluccas, traditional sailing boats on the Nile. In the evening, we were taken to the Temple of Luxor, which was reserved for our party alone. It was completely lit up, and classical music (the theme from Aida) was blaring as we walked down a long broad path to the temple. We were flanked by dozens of torch bearers who were dressed in costumes from the age of the pharos. We were then given a guided tour of the temple and treated to an incredible dinner with a live string quartet. It was a pretty magical experience. The next day, we flew to Cairo and did a whirlwind tour of the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. We then met with Dr. Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities – the white-haired archeologist who appears in nearly every History Channel documentary on Egypt.


Photos on this page were taken with a Nikon D80 SLR camera.

High-res versions of the photos can be found here.

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Eric Traut