I've now been in Egypt for 4 or 5 days. Its been quite hard work with temps over 40, a very dodgy Cairo hotel and some long travel journeys, plus a touch of Pharoahs revenge yesterday. Limited internet access too, but uploading pics as we speak from comfort of the deck of a Nile Riverboat, with a dongle attached. Slow but novel!. Feeling chilled and looking forward to a relaxing few days now Ive made it here as wont be needing to unpack and as were the only group on the boat we have all scored our own rooms. Met up with Symon in Cairo and whilst great to be seeing Egypt again together after more than 10 years, the heat and unfamiliarity have caused one or two cranky moments, I think we're settling in now though. Its a great group too.
So far weve been to the Pyramids, seen the Tutankhamun stuff in the museum (more than happy to do those again next week with Nat), we took a night train down to Aswan where we took a boat over to the Temple of Isis at Philae, and this morning a very early drive through the desert to Abu Simbel. All incredible. Such a unique destination for perfectly preserved history.
Heres some photos showing from the Pyramids up to Abu Simbel. Another set to follow once i get better internet, since these ones W'eve been cruising down the Nile at a leisurely pace and visited Kom Obo and Edfu temples which I loved.