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Old 22nd November 2010, 21:45   #346
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Default Nile Cruise : Esna Lock

On the second day of nile cruise in the evening we crossed the lock at Esna. It was my first time to see how a ship transfers from lower waters to higher waters and vice-versa. There were two locks operating, one for each direction. There were many ships lined up to cross the lock.

The Lock

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Entering the Lock

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The ship in front of us

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Lock filled with water to lift the ship

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Old 22nd November 2010, 22:50   #347
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Default Nile Cruise

Caught some sights in the lens as I cruised in the Nile.

A bridge near Luxor, very near to place where we were docked

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Another Cruise going other way

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Sugarcane Fields

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Old 23rd November 2010, 01:19   #348
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Great pics, TB. Loved them. Do keep up the good work.

5 Stars from me!!!

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It was my first time to see how a ship transfers from lower waters to higher waters and vice-versa.
Wow!!! It should've taken few hours isn't it? Or did it take only few minutes?

I've seen this only on Discovery, not sure if its Nile or Panama or Suez canal, since that was TV show, it only lasted for few seconds.

The sunset pics have come out very well & good that you're watermarking your pics with your signature.
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Default Have You Seen Anything Like This?

Just see how the guys are trying to sell their items. They have lugged their boats with the ship and cruising along, bargaining with customers. Even throwing up stuff packed in polythene as sample for the prospective customers. Entire ship was busy bargaining or enjoying the moment.

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Great pics, TB. Loved them. Do keep up the good work.

5 Stars from me!!!
Thanks a lot.

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Wow!!! It should've taken few hours isn't it? Or did it take only few minutes?
I've seen this only on Discovery, not sure if its Nile or Panama or Suez canal, since that was TV show, it only lasted for few seconds.

The sunset pics have come out very well & good that you're watermarking your pics with your signature.
Thanks. It took about half an hour.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 12:05   #351
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I continue to be amazed at this travelouge ...Great 1 indeed.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 20:31   #352
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I continue to be amazed at this travelouge ...Great 1 indeed.
Thanks a lot buddy!

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Concrete jungle along the Nile

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Esna Lock (Higher water side)

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Esna Barrage

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Ship in front going through the lock

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We going through the lock, see the footpath overhead meant to go over the barrage and its controls. The ships are built as per the width of the lock and height of this.

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Ships coming from other side waiting. One can be seen sending the light signal.

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Default Temple of Horus : Edfu

Next day morning we went to the Temple of Horus in Edfu. The ship was docked for 3 hours. This temple is very famous for its well preserved reliefs.

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Horus wearing double crown of Egypt; the statue is over 7' tall.

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Mud brick houses found next to the temple

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A headless roman statue

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A domesticated cat who became favourite amongst the tourists for its handshakes.

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Beautiful pics on sunrise there @TB;
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A headless roman statue
A Roman statue? That too in Egypt? How come? I thought these should be in Italy isn't it? Or am I assuming something?
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Beautiful pics on sunrise there @TB;

A Roman statue? That too in Egypt? How come? I thought these should be in Italy isn't it? Or am I assuming something?
Ever since Uncle Julius got interested in Cleopatra, you have all kinds of romans in Egypt!

And then the romans fought the other romans in Africa on a later date! That was Pompey vs Uncle Julius.

Finally Pompey died in Egypt.

So forget assumptions, it's ok to see beheaded romans in Egypt.
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And Cleopatra herself was a Greek born in Egypt!
Cleopatra VII - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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And Cleopatra herself was a Greek born in Egypt!
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What you are missing is the complete history. In nutshell, after the pharaonic period, Alexander the great conquered Egypt. After his death, Ptolemies ruled Egypt for 300 years who were Greeks. After Antony and Cleopatra VII, the Romans took over Egypt. Their rule continued until mid 6AD. It is important to note that all the Greek rulers and earlier Romans continued to rule and be depicted as Pharaohs, as would be seen in the Temple of Kom Ombo.

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Default Temple of Horus : Edfu II

Posting some wonderful reliefs from the Edfu Temple. Photography is permitted without using flash. All the walls are dimly lighted to show the curves in the reliefs. You can actually see the muscles of the body clearly.

Almost at all the places the pillars have dual endings at top. One ending in lotus flower shape (symbol of upper Egypt) papyrus flower (symbol of lower Egypt). This symbolizes unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. Upper Egypt included most of present day Sudan too.

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Sanctuary of Amun Temple. The gold statue of Amun was kept in the smaller temple normally made of rarer stone like basalt.Only the chief priest and King were permitted inside the temple. The idol was taken outside for public view in the boat once/twice a year. This is the case with almost all the temples.

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The defaced reliefs. Only left side was defaced as left side represents heart. Defacing the entire reliefs would have been a herculean task.

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Below are various reliefs, every one says a story about man (king)- God relationship. You can see the contours clearly.

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Met an American here who was meditating here and "feeling" the power. As it turned out he was staying in Uttarkashi since last 11 years in one of the Ashrams and mediating. Wonderful! The peace and satisfaction on his face was amazing!

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@ Aargee : Noticed your comment now. Thats a sunset pic.

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Ever since Uncle Julius...beheaded romans in Egypt.
Oh!!! this is how the link goes is it? Never knew!!! Tks.

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And Cleopatra herself was a Greek born in Egypt!
Cleopatra a Greek??? Quite a lot of history is flowing.

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Sanctuary of Amun Temple. The gold statue of Amun
Reminds me of the movie Mummy & Anck-su-Namun. Any chance this Amun was the same or yet to come?

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Below are various reliefs, every one says a story about man (king)- God relationship. You can see the contours clearly.
Would like to know more on this? Any pointers?

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Met an American
Hmmm...American learned Indian art of meditation & practicing at Egyptian graveyard huh!!!

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@ Aargee : Noticed your comment now. Thats a sunset pic.
Its beautifying my desktop
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Reminds me of the movie Mummy & Anck-su-Namun. Any chance this Amun was the same or yet to come?

Would like to know more on this? Any pointers?
Amun was the principal God worshipped during Pharaonic times with various modifications.

Amun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is the most famous temple of Amun.

The God-King relationship is seen on reliefs like King offering to God, receiving their blessings etc.
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