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Camel ride between Pyramids

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Sue confronted her fear of animals by taking a 15 minute camel ride near the pyramids. It was a bumpy ride, but it was fun to watch Sue with her legs far apart to avoid touching the camel and jumping out of the way when another camel came near hers.

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Posted by chrisvasil 00:08 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (1)

Cairo - Pyramids and the Sphinx

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The pyramids were big, something like 20 stories tall, but after the amount of hype on the pyramids it didn't live up to expectations.

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We went inside one of the pyramids, and the contrast between how it looks from the inside and how it looks from the outside is incredible: on the inside is a long, narrow hallway, ending at a small room with a tomb. There is nothing on any of the walls except for the name of the european that discovered it 200 years ago.

The Sphinx is much smaller, I think 6 stories tall.

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Posted by chrisvasil 00:07 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Felucca on the Nile

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We spent 2 days going up part of the Nile on a felucca, which is a big sailboat. It was a good opportunity to catch up on sleep and take in the scenery.

The effect of the nile on vegetation is amazing, as it is the only fresh water source for hundreds of kilometers. As such, the areas near the nile are typically lush green with tropical foliage, whereas a few kilometers out (and often within view in the distance) is barren desert. Quite the contrast, and it was a surprising sight to first see farms and forests after a month of various degrees of desert.

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Posted by chrisvasil 00:06 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

莱克所(Luxor)

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Valley of the King (皇帝山谷)和Valley of the Worker (工匠山谷)
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Luxor 最大的卖点就是皇帝山谷和工人山谷。与其说山谷,不如说是皇帝的墓地。古埃及的人们相信人有来世,而且来世是永久,幸福的。所以他们把尸体保存成木乃伊,并在墓地里画上太阳,太阳船,和各种他们相信能够庇佑他们的神灵,希望在他们死后能够顺利地来到所谓的极乐世界。刚开始的时候,法老们命人们建造金字塔。之所以建成三角形的形状,是因为即使在正午的时候,金字塔上的任何一点也不会有影子,这就保证了法老能够与太阳亲密接触,远离罪恶的黑暗。可是后来的法老们却发现,由于盗墓者的猖狂,法老们并不能安息。于是法老们就选择隐蔽的地势来建造他们的墓地。他们发现luxor的山脉起伏不断,远远望去就像金字塔。而这些天然的地势又保证了墓地的隐蔽性。我们总共去了3个墓地,据导游说是最具代表性,墓地内部结构最复杂,壁画雕刻绘画最精美的。(内部不能照相,所以大家只能会意了!)

Valley of Workers是工匠们给自己建造的墓地。虽然内部结构很简单,墓地挖得也很浅,但是所有的绘画都很精心。少了拘谨,充满了想象。看得出来,绘制这些图画的都是一些热爱生活的工匠。对此生的热爱和留恋,才有对来生的憧憬。墓地之外,还可以看得出当初村庄的格局。麻雀虽小,五脏俱全。
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第2日是自由活动,我们去了temple of Karnak(卡纳克庙)。和其他废城不同的是几乎每个柱子,每面墙壁都留着古埃及的痕迹。法老像(及其皇后,妃子,子女像),神灵像,整排的狮身人面充斥着角角落落。真的希望能够穿越时空,成为尼罗河的女儿……

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Posted by suevasil 15:42 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Luxor - Temple of Karnak

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The temple of Karnak is a massive temple spread over 2 square km and built over the course of several centuries.

At the entrance is a road line with sphinxes,

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And on the inside there are big buildings held up by a lot of massive columns, with carvings and drawings, and a vast array of sculptures. One of the most impressive stops of our stay in Egypt.

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Posted by chrisvasil 00:03 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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