Pyramids and Tombs
Our Great Trip to Egypt
As far back as I can remember learning about various places around the world, I wanted to visit them, all of them, no matter where were there. When I began to be successful financially, I began traveling and saving enough money so that when I retired, I would be able to travel. The picture above shows the results of my financial planning.
The picture above was taken a few years ago now, during the second week of a two week tour, the first week in Israel, the second week in Egypt. Both of these weeks were incredible, the first because, being a Christian, I enjoyed being in the Holy Land where Jesus lived, and the second being home of the Valley of the Kings where Pharaohs were buried, Giza where the Great Pyramids are located, and Cairo where in the great Cairo Museum houses the King Tut and other magnificent articles from Egyptian antiquity.
Our Nile River Cruise
Our tour in Egypt had two parts, a four day cruise on the upper Nile River beginning at the great Aswan Dam, with various stops on the Nile, by far the most important one being for Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. The photo above/below shows the entrance in the most sacred part of the Karnak Temple complex, with great statues, especially at the entrance to the complex, and with various areas and rooms dedicated to worship of Egyptian gods. As the photo indicates, this even it a semi-ruined state, this was a magnificently impressive site, almost beyond belief for having built beginning bout 18 centuries ago.
While in the Karnak area we also went to the Valley of the Kings, an area where from about 16th to 11th centuries B.C. various Pharaohs were buried, the most famous being King Tutankhamen, because of its gloriously beautiful gold and other items that were buried with King Tut, but had not been removed by grave robbers, as had happened to many other tombs in the area. The tomb that I entered on this excursion was of Ramses III, son of Ramses II, the former being one of the very most important Pharaohs of all time in Egypt.
Source of information, My tour and Wikipedia
Entrance to the Karnak Temple Complex
Time in Cairo
We had two greatest activities in Cairo. The first was a visit to the three Great Pyramids of Giza, where we took a short camel ride. The gigantic size of the largest pyramid was most unbelievable, when trying to imagine how it could have been built without modern machinery.
The second was the quite old but magnificent Egyptian antiquities museum with am an almost endless supply of tomb articles, especially those taken from King Tutankhamun, including his most magnificent death mask.