|The Nile cruise boats|
The first day we visited the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens along with many other tourists in many other buses. This was my first time on guided trip and though I am not sure how many others I will go on, for Egypt it did make things easier as there were so many people and most of the people working both on the boat and all the tourist destinations had only a rudimentary understanding of English and I have no Arabic.
We drifted down the Nile to Aswan stopping off in Edfu and Kom Ombo where we were moored right in front of the Temple which was situated on the banks of the Nile for the evening. The Temple was floodlit and we had dinner on deck under a full moon it was quite Magical.
|Kom Ombo Temple|
people on the boat.
|On Deck drifting down the Nile|
|The sun setting over the Nile|
|Some of the many many carvings.|
The other thing that I found interesting was the tops of the columns each one was different and again were very beautiful and so massive.
|Tops of the columns in one of the temples.|
Another highlight was going for a sail on a felucca (a traditional Egyptian sail boat)
|Felucca's at Aswan|
|The Felucca Captain|
As I mentioned earlier the food was a major non event, with the exception of a soft white cheese that was served with every meal along with pickled lemons and assorted other pickles and olives. The cheese was very soft and creamy and rather salty.
When I asked the waiter all he knew was that it was Egyptian and made from cows milk, but when pressed he got the chef to come out and he showed me the box that it came in. It was a type of Feta.
|The chef showing me the cheese.|
Any way it was the culinary highlight of Egypt for me.