Other Important Things We Learned in Luxor

18 May

1.  Bigger is not always better, at least when it comes to buildings. Colossi of MemniThis is the Colossi of Memni.  Built in the 14th Century BC, it was part of Amenhotep III’s temple.  Amenhotep III’s reign began in the 1380’s and his temple was the biggest at the time, but… he built it too close to the Nile flood plain and it was destroyed in less than 200 years- with the exception of these two bad boys.

2. The Rive Gauche is dead.  Egyptians believed that the sun Ferry on the Nile in Luxorbrought life (seems reasonable) and the night brought death.  So it follows that where the sun appears is good (i.e. the East) and where it disappears is bad (i.e. the West).  Egyptians therefore built their cities on the east side of the Nile and their burial grounds on the left side of the Nile.  The Temples of Karnak and Luxor- right side, Valley of Kings and Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memni- left side; Cairo- right side, Giza- left side.

3. You can teach a goat to ride.  Goat goes to townOne of the pleasures of having a bus tour is that the tour can stop at out of the way, sketchy gas stations so that you take a crap, I mean pay to use the facilities, and buy crap, I mean purchase priceless souvenirs of your journey.  At this lovely oasis,  burka’d bedouin women sold pictures of their children and goats on donkeys.  I might have actually paid for this picture if they had managed to get the hat on the goat.

More pictures from Around Luxor.


2 Responses to “Other Important Things We Learned in Luxor”


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