Back on the West bank to see the Temple of Medinet Habu with a talk by one of the epigraphers from Chicago House, on to the Ramasseum (most impressive, some of the color is still on the columns and upper walls) and lastly the Temple of Hatchepsut (great Fung Shui). I have done my best but my poor brain is getting dangerously full of facts. This is a very rich and complex culture.
Still haven't had a chance to do any serious shopping. We did pop into a alabaster factory yesterday. They had a quick presentation about carving alabaster and their sales pitch was pretty good. In the end I bought a large scarab of unusually good quality and two Ushebti. Don't know what an Ushebti is? Go google it. We board our Nile steamer The Sun Goddess later today and depart Luxor tomorrow to head up river to Aswan. This will give us a much needed rest.
I will miss Luxor. I don't remember if I posted this but we took a horse drawn carriage over to the Winter Palace to enjoy a drink on the patio. It gave me a geeky thrill to sit where Howard Carter and most other early Egyptologists sat enjoying a drink, looking over the Nile and dreaming of finding unpilferred tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
I am so glad you are doing this blog. Its like I am there. Well almost...
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