October 18 – 27 We left Tombstone on a clear morning with blue skies that would follow us all day.  We decided not to stop in the downtown area (if you could call it that) to see the tourist street, multiple blocks of recreated late 1870’s cowboy town playing off the famous shoot out at […]

November 6 – 17 We left the Valley of the Kings for our next stop, the mortuary temple complex of Hatshepsut (also Hatchepsut) which was located about three miles away.  At the beginning of the tour Mahmoud had advised us to pronounce the name as Hat-Cheap-Suit, certainly an easy way to remember.  The fifth pharaoh […]

November 6 – 17 The first tomb I entered was that of Ramses III, the second Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty who is thought to have reigned from 1186 to 1155 BC.  Considered to be the last great monarch of the New Kingdom to wield any substantial authority over Egypt, his long reign saw the […]

November 6 – 17 After I finished my beer, I set out in search of an ATM to get some cash; one of the downsides of travel in Egypt is that not many places take credit cards.  When you combine this with the need to purchase the additional side trips we’d been taking with our […]

November 6 – 17 Later, arriving at Karnak Temple, we walked to the entrance, entered, and began our tour.  As he has throughout the tour, Mahmoud spent the first hour or so with us explaining the significance of the temple complex, going into great detail in the areas with hieroglyphics that told a particular story. […]

November 6 – 17 Before dinner I made my way down to the bar area of the hotel for a beer that put an exclamation point on a full day of sightseeing, having visited Abu Simbel, one of the sites in Egypt that had been at the top of my list.  We’d hit the halfway […]

November 6 – 17 As I was finishing my beer others in the group joined me for a hasty round and then we made our way to the hotel’s dock to board our ferry for the trip down the Nile to Elephantine Island where we’d partake in our Nubian Dinner.  Our host for the evening, […]

November 6 – 17 We returned to the Hotel AraCan to clean up and relax before taking off for the central train station and our overnight journey to Aswan.  This would be the first time for Joanna and I to spend a night in a sleeper compartment (we’ve done some overnights early in our marriage […]