By noon we were heading north back to Aswan. Our driver took us past the high dam of Aswan where the Nile floods are now in control and its yields are harvested. Finally back to Aswan we boarded "The Melodie".
Here we will stay for three nights as we cruise north following the flow of the great Nile. We spent the afternoon an deck, soaking up the sun and reminiscing the last few days. Its was quite a task to get the days sorted! OH! And then we rode camels!
The boat left the docks before dawn with the moon on the wing. I woke early and poked my head out the porthole to find a hole in the night. Out of bed I bundled up and cozied into a lounge chair and watch the moon set, day break and the sun rise over the Nile.
Today we followed the Nile current and early in the morning we docked at Kom Ombo. Here we are free to roam the Temple of Sobek, a center for worship of the crocodile god.
Then, back on board, we headed North again. By mid afternoon we find ourselves at the Edfu. Here we walk 20 minutes through town and explore the Temple of Horus- one of the finest examples of temple building! Our walk back is not along the main drag- instead we head into back allies and pass the real life of Egypt. I tip my hat to our fantastic tour guide Hazem for giving us the opportunity to see the real life, and not just the tourist trail/traps. Egyptians are friendly, warm, and welcoming people.
Casting off we again headed north docking at Esna for a night to enjoy a party on the promenade. The
We cut the rug and the good times rolled!
By morning we were moving again north. This time we waited our turn to pass through the locks of Esna getting thought by mid morning. The rest of the day was mandatory rest and relaxation. I spent the day sitting on the roof of the bow drawing the Nile as it passed. Occasionally waving to the locals in the fields or by the river. Yes I can say "magical day".
Today we rise excited to greet our donkeys. First we must board a small boat to ferry us to the west side of the Nile to where are donkeys await. We climb aboard and start our trot towards the Valley of the Kings. The donkeys know the way and quickly leave the main road treking though the sugar cane fields and meandering along to the Valley.
In the Valley our guide gives us another very educational introductionof the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. These tombs are numerous and extensive excavations that go deep into the earth. The tombs are complex caverns and every inch is covered with painted murals that have retained amazing color. We vistited Ramses III, Ramses IX and the deepest tomb of Seti I.
Tomorrow we were heading east to the the Red Sea.