DAY 14 – SATURDAY, APRIL 23: NILE CRUISE, TEMPLE OF KOM OMBO, TEMPLE OF HORUS IN EDFU
Today was a relaxing day as we sailed north up the Nile River. Once again, it would be a hot day, with highs around in the low 100s. After a wonderful breakfast, our first “port” stop along the river was the Kom Ombo Temple. It stands tall on the eastern bank of the river and is dedicated to two Egyptian gods – Horus (displayed as a “falcon”) and Sobek (displayed as a “crocodile”). The temple dates to 119 BC when Ptolemy VI reigned. Here we saw plenty of columns, a Nilometer (we think of Joseph in Genesis 41 when he “channeled” the water from the Nile to provide irrigation for crops) and reliefs on the temple walls. Specifically, one relief depicted the earliest forms of medical instruments. Here we also saw the museum filled with mummified crocodiles.
We boarded back on the boat and continued sailing north. We all enjoyed this free time of relaxing by the pool, getting a massage, or taking a nap. The scenery on both sides of the river was so interesting. The simple life of Egyptians living in this area is quite noticeable. See the many mud-brick houses along the shoreline reminded us of how it looked in biblical days.
After a tour of the front of the boat by the captain, we enjoyed lunch together. We arrived at Edfu, our next port stop. Here we visited the Temple of Horus. To get there, we enjoyed a horse-drawn buggy for about a mile. This was an interesting “and bumpy) experience! 🙂 According to Egyptian mythology, the site of Edfu is the place where Horus battled his traditional enemy (and uncle) Seth. The temple is the most well-preserved and the only one to have been completed. Here we saw more interesting and very detailed reliefs. Virtually every wall of this temple tells a story.
We returned back to the boat and sailed to Esna and then on to Luxor. We all enjoyed some relaxing time once again by the pool. The sunset was once again very beautiful. Prior to dinner, we passed through one of the “locks” on the Nile.
Dinner and the “galabia” party afterwards was fun. We all dressed in Egyptian galabias (robes) or shirts. The moon was also fabulous as well, rising over the desert horizon.
DAY 15 – SUNDAY, APRIL 24: LUXOR WESTERN BANK, VALLEYS OF THE KINGS & QUEENS, TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT