"Train to Luxor. cruise to Aswan" Jazirat Aswan by johsab
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On our 5th day, our self-guided tour ended and we started our guided tour with South Sinai Travel. We boarded our 5- star sleeper train at 8:00 PM to overnight us to Luxor by 5:30 AM the next morning. We figured the kids would love to have the experience of sleeping on a train rather than flying again.
We had a great time; however, there were times that it was hard to steer the train from our beds! It was quite a bumpy ride.
Cruise Down the Nile
During the next several days, we sailed on the Shehrayar, a luxurious cruise ship, from port to port visiting old ruins and temples of the gods of the Pharos. The cruise ship was great – a huge stateroom for our cabin, four and five course meals and lots to see and do as we meandered down the Nile sitting on the deck watching the date and palm trees go by occasionally seeing some native farmers.
Ancient Egyptians had over 4,000 gods. In quiet reflection and after visiting several of these temples, we realized that the Egyptians were more interested in the afterlife and appeasing the various gods’ commands then they were with actual living. Actually, as soon as a King was empowered, the people would begin building his tomb. These tombs are full with hieroglyphs all for the purpose of appeasing the gods or protection from the gods.
What is amazing is how much these kings lived in fear always trying to measure up and meet the standards of the gods – after death their hearts had to be lighter than a feather to become deity themselves. The 1000s of hours (maybe millions) spent worshiping and building great temples for gods that never existed…. what a great privilege it is to know Jesus, that he has called us out of darkness, that we measure up because of Him and that there is no fear in death.
The Nile runs south to north as the southern part is higher than the northern part. Hence the reason the southern part of Egypt is called “Upper Egypt” and the northern part, “Lower Egypt”.
As we went down the Nile we stopped in Luxor. In Luxor, we visited the Luxor and Karnack Temples. We then sailed to the West Bank of the Nile to Thebes where we visited the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings – where the queens and kings of that era were buried. This is a must see if you want to see beautiful art of hieroglyphics, many of which are still in vibrant colors. John got a rock from inside the tomb of the Pharaoh who would not let Moses leave Egypt.
We also visited the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memmon. From there we sailed to the cities of Esna and to Edfu. While in Edfu the post Ramadan party continued by the locals with everyone out on the corniche (the road next to the boat) with people partying and making noise most of the night. It was very interesting to see all the lights and festivities. Even all of the mosques were lit up – the girls thought they looked like Christmas trees….I’ll be sure to tell my Muslim friends about that, maybe they can add a manger scene next year…
The next day, more temples for more gods….the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the Kom Ombo temple to worship the alligator and falcon. Great architecture and stone carving work. The stories that our guide told us during all of these tours were very interesting in interpreting the hieroglyphics.
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