Thursday, 26 June 2008

Our holiday in Egypt

Well we had a fantastic 2 weeks in Egypt, even if it was extremely hot - I'm talking between 40 and 45 degrees every day - phew! We had one week cruising down the Nile which was a lovely experience but very hectic as we visited loads of places, in fact there was something to see every day! The cruise was made extra special as there was a lovely bunch of people on board and we made some great pals. Also I celebrated my birthday on board and they even made me a cake - how fab is that!





Every morning the guys who cleaned our cabin made sculptures out of the towels, they were lovely, especially the one they made on on my birthday!






I guess I should show you some piccies of the sites so I shall start of by showing a mumified crocodile!!!! I must admit, I wasn't expecting to see one of those!





One of the most amazing places we went to was Abu Simbel. We had to leave at 4.00am in the morning - well as they say, no pain no gain - all the coaches had to meet up and go as an armed convoy (I wasn't expecting that either!) but when we got there it was all worthwhile! The second picture shows Andy standing outside the temple for Nefetari.







Here are the colossi of memnon, The temple for Queen Hatshepsut and me standing outside Tutankhamon's tomb (I'm the one with the silly hat on!). We went inside but were not allowed to take photos but he was actually out of his coffin and on display with his head and feet showing - amazing but I felt a little disrespectful looking at him if you know what I mean.







The Valley of the Workers was my favourite place, although the tombs were a lot smaller they were so much more colourful with amazing, intricate paintings, almost as if they had been done that day! It was quite scary going down there as it was very claustrophobic but definitely worthwhile, again, I wasn't allowed to take photos so I cant share with you how beautiful it was, but if you ever go to Egypt, please visit the workers tombs, you wont be disappointed!

We saw some fantastic things at Luxor Temple and Karnak temple and also at Karnak museum, and I have taken plenty of photos but I dont want you all to get bored!

Finally we went up in a hot air balloon that took us over the Valley of the Kings, it was a first for us and truly an amazing experience!



Hope you've enjoyed looking at these photos, look forward to reading your comments!

Hugs
Karen xxx

13 comments:

Ann said...

Karen , what superb photo's, they're so amazing & it's just incredible to see these wonderful testaments of history for real, the size & scale are amazing!! Brings back memories of my own trip to Egypt some years ago!!
Love the ickle scupture from the waiter on board, looks like a great holiday & fabulous Birthday too - thanks for sharing!!! xxx

Karen said...

Glad you enjoyed looking at them Ann - I still cant believe some of the things we saw - it really was amazing!

Angie C said...

What great photo's Karen it looks like you had a lovely time. Egypt looks a stunning place.

Andrea said...

what fab photos, it all looks a great experience and rather hot there to x

Hels said...

Wow Karen, your holiday piccies are fabby hun, thanks for sharing them. Sounds like you both had a brilliant time and I hope your birthday was the best ever...hugs xx

Craftyideas said...

Brilliant photos -glad you had a lovely time. Love Rachel xxx

Linda said...

Brilliant photos Karen, looks like you had a great time :)

Karen said...

Glad you're all enjoying my photos :)

Lesley said...

Great photos Karen - looks like you had a great holiday xxx

Karen said...

Fab photos esp that last one! Thanks for sharing them.

AngelaC said...

Oooh these brought back lots of memories for me Karen - I've been to Egypt twice and so your lovely photos are so familiar! I remember that on the Nile cruise, if it was someone's anniversary or birthday, the dining room staff would make us all stand up and then we had to dance round the dining room (a bit like the conga)for ages! This seemed to happen almost every night!!

Looks like you had a fabulous holiday.

Karen said...

Angela that's exactly what happened!!! I was really embarassed cus I was the first one that week and had no idea what was going to happen - and its all on DVD too!!! Great fun though - glad it brought back memories for you xxx

Heidi said...

Great photos - glad you had a wonderful time and that you went on the balloon trip!