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Old 3rd December 2010, 11:39   #376
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Infact in Luxor there is tonga lane.
Good to hear; I wonder, if the tongas would interfere in regular roads

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The Hot air balloon operating company opposite the restaurant..
Looks good; any more pics on that?

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The food was just average. Expensive. We were the only customers if that means something to you.
I really wonder if they even made profits & no wonder they were expensive for the average food. I wonder if there would be any south Indian food available. That's a challenge for you to find out @Tbull.

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As soon as we entered they changed the music from Arabic to bollywood songs.
Pleasing the customer!!! So that you guys don't run away

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Some songs were too difficult to bear and I had never heard them before. And of course they did not know the meaning.
Meaning of the song or dish? Why would they want to know the meaning of the song? I'm confused.
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Old 3rd December 2010, 11:48   #377
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Good to hear; I wonder, if the tongas would interfere in regular roads

Looks good; any more pics on that?

I really wonder if they even made profits & no wonder they were expensive for the average food. I wonder if there would be any south Indian food available. That's a challenge for you to find out @Tbull.
Pleasing the customer!!! So that you guys don't run away


Meaning of the song or dish? Why would they want to know the meaning of the song? I'm confused.
I said there is a tonga lane so no interference with traffic. If you want you can take an hours ride in the city. Its fun.

More pics on company? No. I booked through my tour operator.

South Indian may be non existent here.There are few more expensive restaurants in Cairo. Pretty famous. Will make a go some time. I dont miss Indian food since we cook at home. But once in a while one wants to eat outside own Indian food.

Meaning of the songs. If they dont know then it could be disastrous. May be playing a wedding song or a sad song which is out of context and ambience.
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Old 4th December 2010, 11:35   #378
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Default Philae Temple

The evening Aswan trip included the trip to high dam (as explained earlier), old Aswan Dam (it meant just driving over it , which BTW we had already done in morning while going to Abu Simbel) and Philae Temple. IMO Philae Temple is the only one worth visiting out of this.

There is a ferry which takes you to Philae Island. Its takes just about 5 mins. The evening was beautiful and pleasant. This place is also known as First Cataract and has large number or small and big islands.

Temple of Philae was also one of the temples which were rescued from under water. The temple had already submerged in water before its relocation, the signs of which can still be seen. The temples were shifted from Philae Island to its present location of Agilika Island.

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Ticket not including the "Boot"

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Waiting ferries

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First View

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Old Aswan Dam

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Islands

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The small green patch is the leftover Philae Island. There is still one temple left over it.

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Old 6th December 2010, 10:01   #379
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Default Philae Temple

Pics from the Philae Temple.

The info boards

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The Temple

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Entrance Pylon

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Pillared Courtyard

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Horus

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Old 6th December 2010, 16:09   #380
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Just wondering how many temple are present in Egypt..
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Just wondering how many temple are present in Egypt..
Egypt boats of 1/3 rd of the total ancient monuments existing the world. Most of them are known but not yet excavated. The excavation process is slow as you want to preserve the items, record and interpret everything before it is thrown open to the public. Most importantly, it needs preservation and huge funds with no returns guaranteed.

A proper answer would be to ask an Indian that how many temples are there in India?

However, the important temples can be counted and are not too many. This is only the sixth temple I described here. This would be the last one too as of now. BTW once you starting visiting temples, many people get bored easily as most of them have same type of stuff.
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Default Philae Temple

More pics from the Philae Temple Complex

Some inscriptions in French from Napolean's time

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The Sanctuary

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The Coptic marks - indicates that the temple was used as a coptic church during ancient times

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Coptics in the pillared passage

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People who wish leave their marks in the history....

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Some "JB" form the 19th Regiment

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Default Philae Temple Final

Feeling the Power, the stone which appears different is even an older temple over which the shifted temple was built.

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The woman starts crying and heavy breathing as she feels the power of the place.

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Colonnades

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This is how the pieces were marked as they were shifted from island to island

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Another sample

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Smaller temple

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Temple in the beautiful evening

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Old 9th December 2010, 11:34   #384
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Default Aswan : Elephantine Island

After deboarding the Nile Cruise we stayed in the hotel in Aswan for a day. We went to the Elephantine Island during the forenoon as we had the train back to Cairo in the evening.

We hired a motor boat for an hour, time being at premium.

Nile at Aswan, many small islands

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"Ugly" Movenpick

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New construction besides Movenpick on Elephantine Island

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Movenpick on Elephantine

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Residents of Elephantine, between movenpick and antiquities

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Aswan as seen from Elephantine

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Monuments on the island

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villa of Sr. William Willcocks, the designer of the first Aswan dam


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Monuments/ruins of town


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Nile River

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Nilometer 1

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Scales to measure

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Tunnel for entrance of water

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Nilometer 2

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Entrance for Water

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Default The Elephantine Island

Miniature obelisk and a miniature temple

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Another small island with a restaurant

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The buried civilisation

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Aga Khan Masoleum

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Kitchen

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The history, rural and urban present-A nice mix

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Cemetery of Rams

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The mini sarcophagus were used to bury the Sacred Rams

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Default End of Nile Cruise Tour

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Default End of Nile Cruise Tour

Its the last post in this series. After the Elephantine Island tour we went to the train station which was walking distance and boarded the overnight train to Cairo, arriving there next day morning; happy, satisfied and tired.

The Aswan Station


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The Sleeping Train

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Wash Basin in the corner of the 2 bed coupe

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Ladder to climb up

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Default Sharm-el-Sheikh & Sinai

Its Wife's Birthday approaching and its holiday time. So, how one make the family happy. By hitting the road, T-BHPian way.

So, this time we are off to the eastern side. Sinai peninsula. Much talked about for wrong reasons especially during Arab-Israel conflicts, this region is now flourishing with tourism. Sharm-el-Sheikh is a popular destination among Europeans. The map from internet:-

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Some highlights :-

- Visit St Catherine's Monastery
- Snorkel and explore the Corals
- Enjoy the sea food
- Enjoy the beauty of sand 'n' sea and relax
- Some surprises!!!

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Posts in the next year. Happy new year 2011!
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Its time to bring on the "Big Surprise"..
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