Friday, 13 February 2015

Luxor The Jewel of The Magical Nile

I have always had the spirit of adventure , wishing to visit as much of the world as I can with my family , I quite happily be a roving travel reporter. There is a romance about travelling and long are the associations with love and where you travel to, how I would love to be in India with the colour , vibrancy and the mystery of the mystery . Hot Indian summers with a nod to colonial pasts and the melting pots of religion , I would love to see the Taj Mahal the ultimate act of devotion to the one that you love. I would in a heat beat go back to Luxor and stop along side the Nile you can not have failed to have been captured by Levison Woods programme where he walked the entire length of the Nile, if you haven't see this then it is a must to see this monumental achievement. I am pretty confident that you can still get it on Iplayer and I am sure the DVD will be out if it isn't already and must certainly the book is out.



Too adventure is to live , that is just how I am wired and I always wanted to be an Egyptologist or an archaeologist , I remember once going to a heroes and rogues book party at the local and I was made encouraged to go as a pirate , I would have gone as the never fearing ( except of snakes ) Indiana Jones. I did ditch my eye patch once I go to the party and quickly made my self into a archaeological superhero  well I have to safe to my adventuring.







Luxor the heat , the dusty sand haze the hot melting colours that dance upon the Nile , it is no wonder that Agatha Christie came to Egypt to write Death on the Nile , that is one thing I haven't experienced (a trip won the Nile) The hotel at wish we stayed in Luxor was the Sonnesta St George and it was smack bang on the Nile and you could see the Nile cruises coming in and out.






The Sonesta St. George was an ideal base for us to as the Nile was just a whisper away , the hotel was tripping in Opulent polished marble and you felt in its presence both luxurious and sophisticated. Every amenity is available for the discerning traveller and what I found quirky was at breakfast an egg station was available ! It does spoil oneself as when you get to the UK as you breathe a little sigh of the luxury you had on your Egyptian holiday. The temples of Luxor and Karnak are preserved in time but some of the pictures may leave you blushing, to experience a city of fascinating antiquity and indulgence of the senses then you need the splendour of Luxor.






Karnak was built over thirteen hundred years and there is so much to see in the temples I think it would take all my lifetime to see it and then some, the Temple of Karnak is known as Ipet-Isut (Most Perfect of Places) And when I say it would take my lifetime to explore I am not joking as the site covers some 100 acres. For well over 1,500 years it was the most religious and intellectual catalyst in Egypt.





For us Luxor was at the end of holiday after the chaos of Cairo it was soothing which is a strange thing to say for Egypt as it is full of hustle , bustle and haggling ( ooh the haggling may well sent you  round the pyramids as a firm polite no just won't suffice , in the end on one occasion I just dropped the stuff they gave me on the desert floor and walked off , they got the message that way)





Oh to watch the Egyptian feluccas sailing down the Nile on a warm , hot summers evening kicking back with a cocktail in one hand while the glow of the sun melts down from the Egytian sky.



24 comments:

  1. I lived in Cairo for a few years when I was young, and visited Luxor - I'd love to head back someday when it's a little more settled perhaps...

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    1. Yes I agree be lovely to go back when it is settled perhaps , the pictures are perfect for dreaming on a dear afternoon.

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  2. I visited Luxor many years ago and would absolutely love to take y kids who are both history/archeology mad. Lovely write up.

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  3. I have never been to Egypt but it's one place I would love to go as I love Egyptian History. Your pictures of Luxor are really very good.

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  4. We have never been to Egypt, but we would love to go and take the kids too. I am sure that we would all adore it

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  5. I would love to go to Egypt. I have always wanted to go but the recent difficult times has put me off. I will go one day.

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  6. It looks beautiful. I hope I will get to visit it one day soon.

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  7. So beautiful, a place that you would need to visit several times to be able to take in all the sights

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  8. I've never been to Egypt, but it's a place I'd love to go, it's such a beautiful country with so much history! Your photos are stunning! x

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  9. Stunning photos. I've always wanted to visit Egypt!

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  10. Amazing photos, I'd love to visit Egypt one day xxx

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  11. I absolutely love Egypt, we went on our honeymoon and had a wonderful time.
    You've brought back some amazing memories for me, thank you

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  12. I watched the whole series of Levison Wood's 'Walking the Nile' and I was captivated by it. I was shocked how the tourism had been affected by the political troubles in recent years.

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  13. I have only ever been to Sharm El Sheikh and would never go again, that said these photos are amazing x

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  14. As with the wife above, one trip to Egypt was more than enough for me.

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  15. My eldest son has visited Egypt with his dad a few times and adores it. I would love to visit

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  16. Simply stunning. Egypt has been on my bucket list for some time. I can't wait to tick it off.

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  17. Oh looks fab. I've always wanted to visit Egypt and think the kids would get so much out of it too. So very interesting. But the OH think it's risky at the moment, although people are still holidaying there... so much be ok? Love the photo's x

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  18. ooh I'd love to visit Egypt! one day! x

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  19. Wow this is a trip I've always wanted to go on. For Uni my work was all on Egypt so now I'm dying to see it myself. It looks like you have an amazing holiday

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  20. Its the haggling part that puts me off - such a beautiful place though x

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  21. Your pictures look idyllic. My parents went on a Nile cruise a few years ago and loved visiting all the ancient, historical sites. I'd like to go one day too.

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