Tom and Joan's Trip to
Egypt and Jordan - 2007
were Medhat El Nakib in Egypt and Rabi Haddad in Jordan and they were
fabulous! In Egypt, we saw the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza; the
Egyptian Museum in Cairo; the
Step Pyramid at Saqqara;
the Egyptian Museum; Aswan and the Philae Temple; the fantastic temple
at Abu Simbal; Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Luxor and
Karnak temples and a fabulous balloon ride over the valley; and a 4 day
cruise down the Nile on a 32 passenger boat. Then we were on to
Jordan where we visited the old Greek and Roman city of Philadelphia in
Amman; swam in the Dead Sea; visited the Roman city of Jerash and of
course, the fabulous city of Petra.
Sphinx and Great Pyramids at Giza
the left is the Step Pyramid of Djoser, built in 2800 BC. It is
the oldest pyramid in Egypt. To the right is Abu Simbal, built by
Rhameses II for him and
his Queen, Nefertari. It was to be flooded by the Aswan High Dam
until UNESCO funded a complete removal and replacement up the hillside
from where it originally stood and above the lake level.
To the left is the ship we took down the Nile, the Hapi II. We
stayed on it for 4 nights. One night, we had a party on the boat
where we all dressed up in Galabeyas, the traditional Egyptian
garment. Here's the "sheik" and his harem. Too bad my eyes
To the left is Luxor Temple at dusk.
On the right are Lawrence and Florence of Arabia, riding their camels
in the desert.
balloon ride over
the Valley of the Kings taken from our balloon. The temple below
was built by Rhameses III. The Valley of the Kings is just beyond
those hills in the background.
We went on to Jordan, where we
visited the Dead Sea and got to swim (or actually float) in it.
It is the lowest point on the earth and is fed by the Jordan
River. Since it has no outlet, the water evaporates and
concentrates the salt content, which makes it impossible to sink!
Across the sea in the haze is Israel and on top of those hills is
The last big stop in Jordan was
Petra. You go through this narrow gorge, called the Siq for over
a mile until you see this large shimmering object at the outlet of the
canyon. You step out to see......
fantastic "Treasury" in Petra in Jordan. It actually is a
mausoleum built right into the sandstone cliffs by the Nabateans, a
people who lived there in the 5th to 1st Centuries BC. In fact,
many people believe that the Three Kings were actually Nabateans, since
they were the main source of Frankincense and Myrrh in that time.
If you're wondering where you may have seen this before, Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade had a scene filmed here.