Thursday 3 June 2010

Egyptian Contrasts

On our holiday in Egypt last year, we found the differences between the east and west banks of the Nile, in the area of Luxor, to be quite spectacular.

These colourful street flowers are on the long road that stretches Between Luxor and Karnac beside the Nile where the tourists alight from their cruise ships on the east bank.

This arid spot is the Valley of the Queens behind the west bank, where you find the tombs of royal women and children.

Back on the east bank again, this is part of the oasis of our hotel complex beside the Nile.


Joanne Olivieri said...

Wow, these are amazing, Jean. Love the exotic feel and it's exciting to see part of the Nile. That tomb is fascinating.

Unknown said...

Thanks Jo. Yu can't t ake photos insde the tombs as flash photography damages them, but they are mind boggling.

Russ said...

I love it all. Both sides have their own personalities. Nice to see the Tombs have not been disturbed.

Unknown said...

Cheers, Russ. It's a bit optimistic to say the tombs have not been disturbed, I'm afraid. Tourists are disturbing them all the time. But all that you see are the wall paintings and stone sarcophogi now. All the removable valuables have been removed, either by tomb thieves or the authorities who put them in museums. It's still a fantastic experience though.

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