Egypt facts & history
Egypt is surrounded by the
Mediterranean and Red Sea, Israel,
Sudan and Libya.
Mainly hot and arid, year/s can pass without rain.
Most of the population of nearly 60 million,
live in or around Cairo or the fertile Nile valley.
Egypt's history goes back five thousand
years or so and being one of the
first civilisations on earth.
Some of the interesting things are
the history, Pyramids, Sphynx, other
ruins, Suez Canal, Aswan High Dam,
the River Nile and the great Qattara
We entered the Sinai from Eilat in Israel.
After a lot of hassle at the Egyptian Border Post,
we had to return to Eilat, get another Visa and have
another try the next day.
After some more hassles with the
transport operators and a delay of 5-6 hours,
we were on our way in a rickety
old taxi to the St Catherine's
Monastery in the desert,
at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
Christians, Muslims and Jews around
here all believe in buckshi (Bribe or tip).
By a van, that rushed just before
a scheduled bus to 'pinch' his customers,
(We only found out as we progressed),
we crossed the other half of the Sinai to Suez.
After exploring Suez and the
sorrounds, we bussed to Alexandria.
From Alexandria we trained to Cairo
and after a few days on to Aswan.
In Aswan we took time out to fly to Abu Simbel.
Finishing with Aswan we were driven
by a van to Luxor, visiting all the
attractions in between, like Kom Omo
Temple and many others.
Luxor of course another thing altogether.
It is chock-a-block with attractions.
Karnak and Luxor Temples, Hatshepsut
and the Valleys of the Kings and
Queens just to mention a few.
Than we returned to Cairo to for
a final look and farewell Egypt
and an unforgettable experience.
(Djeser Djeseru "Splendour of
Splendours as Hatshepsut
called her temple at Deir el-Bahri.)
A breathtaking monument built against
the huge amphitheatre of the Theban
Hills, near the Valleys of the Kings
and Queens, and Luxor.
Huge ramps lead up to the Middle
and Top Terraces.
The Middle Terrace has the Birth
Colonnade on the right where the engravings
assert the divine parentage of
Hatshepsut and the Chapel of Anubis.
On the left hand side is the Punt
Colonnade which leads to the Chapel of Hathor.
Most of the images depict Hatshepsut,
daughter of Thutmose I., married
her half-brother, Thutmose II, who
had a son, Thutmose III, by a concubine.
When Thutmose II died, Thutmose III
was a child, although already married
to Hatshepsut's daughter by Thutmose II.
ruled with Hatshepsut as his regent.
In 1473 B.C. she announced herself
pharaoh and grew a 'pharaoh' beard.
In 1457 Thutmose III, became pharaoh,
ordered Hatshepsut's shrines, statues,
and relics, showing her with
the beard, distorted.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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