I was awake early this morning, I just can’t seem to sleep past 5:00 at the moment. The bed was really comfortable but I still found myself not being able to sleep on.
The room had to be vacated by noon and because this deadline could potentially happen while we were out everything was repacked and stored in the luggage room.
Our guide Eslam, arrived dead on time complete with driver and we were soon on our way to Karnak Temple. The site itself is vast and there are many impressive areas that we were shown round. Because there was just the two of us we were able to cover ground much quicker and our visit lasted for just over 1½ hours. I am again going to resort to selecting several photos rather than waffle on about things.
A 10 minute drive south brought us to our second stop, the Temple of Luxor which although not as big had plenty of things to keep us occupied for another 1½ hours. On the way in, we passed one end of the 3km Avenue of Sphinx’s which links up with Karnak and when full restored and open will be amazing.
Notably there are artefacts there not only of ancient Egyptian origin but Greek, Roman, Coptic Christian and even a mosque built on top of some of the ruins which is in use.
There is even an Alabaster statue of Tutankhamun and his wife, the first I have seen outside any of the museums.
On the way in there is currently one of the large statue’s in the process of being restored. It looks impressive now and will look even more so when completed.
We made it back in time to go and get changed into our swimming attire using the room then with the exception of a lunch break spent the last few hours out by the pool. Our transfer to the airport arrived at 4:10 with the journey taking around 20 minutes. Another 30 minutes to get through security and then a one hour wait for our flight back to Cairo which turned into 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our flight managed to claw back 10 minutes which was then wiped out with another 10 minute taxi to the terminal. The same Discover Egypt rep was there waiting to guide us to the hotel where check in was swiftly dealt with.
Our third bedroom in 3 nights at Le Meridian, Cairo Airport before we start our journey home tomorrow morning. It’s been a great trip that has inspired us to come back and see more. Luxor to Aswan & Lake Nasser along with the Grand Egyptian Museum when it eventually gets finished.