Saturday, July 3, 2010
We have arrived in Luxor. The 10 hour train ride was tolerable -- A/C, lots of leg room, reclining seats, a nice couple from Monterrey, Mexico on the plus side, but very grimy and a large group of loud beer guzzling Poles keeping everyone awake past when we wished to go to sleep. Got to the train station at 6 am, took a taxi to the ferry and paid a dollar to get taxied across the Nile to the Nile Valley Hotel. Got to our suite -- Luxury in Luxor -- separate room for the girls with their own TV and A/C, fridge etc. Best two things -- beautiful pool and rooftop breakfast patio right on the Nile and directly across from Luxor Temple. Pictures to come. Napped in the a.m.. Now hanging out poolside. Girls are watching our videos taken on the Flip camera. Becky is reading, and I am writing to you. Later, when the temperature drops to a tolerable 38 or 39, we will venture out, cross the nile again, and take in the kitschy laser light show at Karnak temple. Great adventures await. Tomorrow we will visit tombs of Kings and Nobles and the great Hatshepsut Temple. The following day, the Temples of Luxor and Karnak on the East bank, and some more shopping in the Bazaar (The girls' favorite activity). And of course, eating more schwarma and kushary.