Exploring Egypt: More of Luxor

7th and last of the series on my 7-day stay in Egypt

More sights in Luxor,
Lunch with local family,
And back to Cairo.

 As always, the day began early to see more wonders of Luxor, which used to be the ancient city of Thebes. First stop is the Colossi of Memnon, two 56-feet tall statues on Luxor’s west bank. They represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

Next stop is the royal burial site, Valley of the Kings, where over 60 lavishly decorated tombs of pharaohs are located, dating from 16th to 11th century B.C. We went inside three of the four tombs that were opened to the public that day. To help preserve the artwork, the tombs are rotated every year for visitation and renovation. So, in any given year, usually only four tombs are open for exploring inside.

Another noteworthy royal site we visited was Hatshepsut Mortuary Temple, which was built for the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, Hatshepsut. She ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. and was considered one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs.

After our historical excursions underground, we went to a local family’s home for lunch, which reminded me of why I love Middle Eastern food.

Our hearty lunch was then followed by some free time, which was spent learning more about Egypt’s rich history in the Luxor Museum and walking around the city.

After sunset, we all went to the train station for our return trip north to Cairo. That overnight ride on the sleeper train took approximately 10 hours. (Once we reached Cairo by early morning, we flew to JORDAN – the next travel series.)

To see the beginning:
1st day: Old Cairo
2nd day: Giza/Cairo
3rd day: Aswan
4th day: Abu Simbel
5th day: Nile River
6th day: Luxor

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Adieux: Morges and Nyon

Home base: Geneva

Image: ViaMichelin

Special thanks to sis,
Excellent planning the trip,
Great sights and delights!

Farewell, Switzerland,
Last days approaching quickly,
Relishing count down.

To Morges and Nyon,
Wine tasting, music, and more,
Photos say it all . . .

Wine tasting event in Morges with Nobel Prize Winner (in Chemistry) Jacques Dubochet and his wife, Christine:

 Château de Morges and other museums with special exhibits (adventure and fantasy movies and bonsai trees):

Audrey Hepburn’s Swiss place, monument, and burial ground:

Nyon Fall festival:

Basilique Musée romain:

Château Musée historique:

Musée du Léman & Aquarium:

Switzerland travel series:
Spellbound in Switzerland
Winterthur Wonder in Switzerland
Sights of St. Gallen and Zurich
On the Loose in Lucerne
Above Cloud 9 on Mt. Rigi, Switzerland
More than 7th Heaven: Mt. Titlis, Switzerland
Geneva on My Mind
Lingering Memories of Lausanne

Geneva on My Mind

Home base: Geneva


                                                          Image: worldofmaps.com

A culture haven,

Full of places to enjoy,

No spot left behind.

Switzerland Travel Series:
Spellbound in Switzerland
Winterthur Wonder in Switzerland
Sights of St. Gallen and Zurich
On the Loose in Lucerne
Above Cloud 9 on Mt. Rigi, Switzerland
More than 7th Heaven: Mt. Titlis, Switzerland

More than 7th Heaven: Mt. Titlis, Switzerland

Home base: Lucerne

From Lucerne to Engelberg by train,
Seeking the heavens once again.
Xpress cable car carried us part of the way,
To board the Titlis Rotair gondola for a panoramic display
Of the grandness of Mt. Titlis,
Leaving us breathless.

Once reaching Mt. Titlis summit at 10,000 feet,
We can see how the sky’s the limit, a visual treat.
Next challenge was the Cliff Walk
On a suspended bridge that made us almost balk.
But we braved through the span in spite of the cold wave,
Leading us to Titlis Glacier cave.

Before going all the way back down,
We stopped at a lake a few levels above town
To see more of the mountain and glacial lake views,
And took a rowboat for a short scenic cruise.
Then to Engelberg base village we finally went,
To visit a historical museum, witnessing a mountain bovine event.
On to get snacks in a local cheese factory,
Just before going to a Benedictine monastery.
Alas, the day soon ended,
So back to Lucerne we returned, feeling splendid.

Above Cloud 9 on Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

Home base: Lucerne


Traveled by boat from Lake Lucerne to Weggis,
By aerial cable cars to Rigi Kaltbad,
Rode the cogwheel railway to Rigi Staffel,
Hiked up to the summit of Rigi Kulm —
The highest peak of Mount Rigi (1,797 m, or 5,748 ft above sea level) —
Hiked to a dairy farm,
Snacked on cheese made from the farm’s cows,
Trekked on various trails,
Took the cogwheel railway back down to Vitznau,
Cruised on Lake Lucerne back to home base.