Nile Cruise - May 2003

 

Pete's cousin Dianne has always wanted to go to Egypt. She had been saving hard and was ready to go in 2000.
Now she needed somebody to go and prevent her from getting into too much trouble, so we volunteered to go with her. We had a great time cruising the Nile river - it was a fascinating look at human history.

This time was during the American invasion of Iraq, so few westerners were willing to go to the middle east at that time. As a result only 120 of the 350 Nile cruise ships were operating. We got upgraded to a wonderful ship called Motor Ship (M/S) Lady Sophia.

Here are our pictures - scanned from photos.

 

001 Lady Sophia.jpg (103141 bytes)
Going onboard
Lady Sophia

 

002 Lady Sophia.jpg (89906 bytes)
Lady Sophia
003 Edfu Temple.jpg (76178 bytes)
Approaching Edfu
Temple
004 Edfu built 237-57BC.jpg (62013 bytes)
Edfu Temple
built 237-57BC
005 Lauri & Dianne at Edfu.jpg (73958 bytes)
Lauri & Dianne at Edfu

 

006 Magic our Egyptologist.jpg (60507 bytes)
Magic, our Egyptologist
007 Lauri & Dianne.jpg (84133 bytes)
Lauri & Dianne
008 Edfu Temple.jpg (61972 bytes)
Edfu Temple
009 Ihy Hathor Horus.jpg (86804 bytes)
Ihy, Hathor, Horus
010 Ankh the key of life.jpg (100205 bytes)
Ankh - the key of life
011 Picture for Baksheesh - Tip.jpg (93341 bytes)
Picture for Baksheesh
(Tip)

 

012 Pete & Dianne with Horus.jpg.jpg (99330 bytes)
Pete & Dianne with
Horus, the Falcon God
013 Temple Caretaker at Edfu.jpg (85620 bytes)
Caretakers at Edfu
014 Edfu Temple courtyard.jpg (69727 bytes)
Edfu Temple Courtyard
015 Edfu Inner Chamber.jpg (84949 bytes)
Edfu Inner Chamber
016 Recreation of a Boat to the afterlife.jpg (77750 bytes)
Recreation of a
Boat to the Afterlife

 

017 Ancient Temple found below modern Edfu.jpg (73792 bytes)
Ancient Temple found
below modern Edfu
018 Edfu Street Market.jpg (101268 bytes)
Edfu Street Market

 

019 Cruise Ships docked at Edfu.jpg (83842 bytes)
Cruise ships at Edfu

 

020 Police on the river Nile.jpg (85553 bytes)
River Police

 

021 Scene along the Nile.jpg (76651 bytes)
Along the Nile

 

022 another cruise ship.jpg (71856 bytes)
Cruise Ship

 

023 pumping water for Irrigation.jpg (118677 bytes)
Pumping water
for Irrigation

 

024 A farm along the Nile.jpg (115851 bytes)
A farm along the Nile

 

025 Small town.jpg (103370 bytes)
Small town

 

026 Only 120 of 350 boats were operating.jpg (80550 bytes)
Nile Cruise Ship

 

027 Dianne & Lauri enjoyed the views.jpg (78806 bytes)
Dianne & Lauri
028 top deck of our boat.jpg (82329 bytes)
Top deck of our ship

 

029 Tomb of the Edfu Stonecutters.jpg (105882 bytes)
Tombs of Edfu
Stonecutters

 

030 The Stonecutters built Edfu.jpg (116679 bytes)
 Graves of Edfu builders

 

031 Life here depends on the Nile.jpg (154142 bytes)
Life depends on the Nile

 

032 Nile Farming.jpg (121224 bytes)
Nile farming

 

033 Nile Farming.jpg (72261 bytes)
Nile farming

 

034 Farmers tend their fields.jpg (102927 bytes)
Nile farming

 

035 Falouka.jpg (58708 bytes)
Falouka

 

036 A hill beside the Nile.jpg (102416 bytes)
Hill beside the Nile

 

037 Kom Ombo.jpg (82516 bytes)
Kom Ombo

 

038 We docked overnight at Kom Ombo.jpg (90693 bytes)
Kom Ombo

 

039 Pete at Galabaya Party.jpg (69295 bytes)
Pete at Galabaya Party

 

040 Dianne looks Happy.jpg (67813 bytes)
Dianne looks happy

 

041 Lauri at Galabaya Party.jpg (57325 bytes)
Lauri at Galabaya Party

 

042 Meals on the boat were buffet style.jpg (70904 bytes)
Meals were buffet style

 

043 Villagers in their boats.jpg (99778 bytes)
Villagers on Boats

 

044 A Small town.jpg (91333 bytes)
Small Town

 

045 Filling a barge with rocks.jpg (132936 bytes)
Filling a barge
with rocks

 

046 rocks used to reinforce the river bank.jpg (156345 bytes)
Rocks used to reinforce
banks of the Nile

 

047 getting near the Aswan bridge.jpg (71743 bytes)
Getting near Aswan
Bridge
048 bridge opened in 2003.jpg (86369 bytes)
Aswan Bridge
Opened 2003

 

049 Dianne on the top deck.jpg (120558 bytes)
Dianne on the top deck

 

050 our cabin.jpg (80082 bytes)
Out Cabin

 

051 roof of Mosque in aswan.jpg (160810 bytes)
Roof of Mosque
in Aswan City

 

052 Lauri & Dianne in the Mosque.jpg (116240 bytes)
Lauri & Dianne
in the Mosque

 

053 This Mosque was built in 1970.jpg (104957 bytes)
This Mosque was 
built in 1970

 

054 The praying faces Mecca.jpg (108373 bytes)
Praying mats face Mecca

 

055 Aswan City.jpg (88039 bytes)
Aswan City

 

056 going to Aswan Market.jpg (119214 bytes)
Going to Aswan Market

 

057 Aswan Market is known for Spices.jpg (135527 bytes)
Aswan Market is known
for Spices

 

058 Souvineer Stall.jpg (150676 bytes)
Souvenir Shop

 

059 Nubian woman carries her goods.jpg (69591 bytes)
Nubian Woman
060 Nubian woman in the streets.jpg (74329 bytes)
Nubian Women

 

061 typical Aswan sidestreet.jpg (91886 bytes)
Typical Aswan
Side street

 

062 Popular means of Transport.jpg (83292 bytes)
Local Transport

 

063 Cataract region of the Nile.jpg (87186 bytes)
Cataract region
of the Nile

 

064 They call this the rapids.jpg (56386 bytes)
They call this
the rapids

 

065 Dianne enjoyed the sunset.jpg (72130 bytes)
Dianne enjoying
the sunset

 

066 Liz - our tour leader.jpg (78605 bytes)
Liz - out tour leader
067 Dianne smoking the Shiesha.jpg (108144 bytes)
Dianne smoking
the Shiesha

 

068 Pete tried the Water Pipe.jpg (100273 bytes)
Pete tried the
Water Pipe

 

069 Lauri smaked Apple flavored Tabacco.jpg (106662 bytes)
Lauri smoked Apple
flavored Tobacco

 

070 Magic shows us how to do it properly.jpg (84289 bytes)
Magic shows us how
to do it properly

 

071 Local show of Nubien dancing.jpg (80397 bytes)
Nubian Dance Show

 

072 Some tourists joined in.jpg (67986 bytes)
Joining in
073 Dianne at Abu Simbel.jpg (65037 bytes)
Dianne at Abu Simbel

 

074 Lauri at Abu Simbel.jpg (69665 bytes)
Lauri at Abu Simbel

 

075 Falcons - god Horus - at Abu Simbel.jpg (81055 bytes)
Falcons - God Horus

 

076 4 statues of Ramasus2 and Sun God RA.jpg (88177 bytes)
Statues of Ramasus the
second and Sun God RA

 

077 Temple was built 1200BC then relocated.jpg (69751 bytes)
Temple was built
1200BC then relocated
when the Aswan Dam
was built - Flooding

 

078 Ramasus Second statues.jpg (145944 bytes)
Ramasus Second statues

 

079 Abu Simbel.jpg (71096 bytes)
Abu Simbel

 

080 Abu Simbel.jpg (79156 bytes)
Abu Simbel

 

081 Abu Simbel.jpg (79731 bytes)
Abu Simbel

 

082 the color is because of Flourescent lights.jpg (81101 bytes)
Abu Simbel

 

083 The second Abu Simbel temple.jpg (91952 bytes)
Second Abu Simbel
Temple

 

084 4 statues of Ramasus second and 2 of Nefratari.jpg (103722 bytes)
Four statues of Ramasus
second and two
of Nefratari

 

085 Inside Nefratari Temple.jpg (105696 bytes)
Nefratari

 

086 Inside.jpg (93570 bytes)
Inside

 

087 Natural pyramids on the shore of Lake Nassar.jpg (78746 bytes)
Natural Pyramids on
the shore of Lake
Nassar

 

088 Aswan - Tomb of the Nobels.jpg (81559 bytes)
Aswan - Tomb of
the Nobles

 

089 Mohamed the Falouka Owner.jpg (94655 bytes)
Mohamed - The
Falouka Owner

 

090 Pete steers the Falouka.jpg (86166 bytes)
Pete steers the
Faalouka

 

091 Going to the Tomb of the Nobels.jpg (99624 bytes)
Going to the tomb
of the Nobles

 

092 Saad showed Pete around.jpg (89055 bytes)
Saad showed Pete
around

 

093 Inside one of the Nobels tombs.jpg (78479 bytes)
Inside Nobel tomb

 

094 Inside one of the Nobels tombs.jpg (66324 bytes)
Inside Nobel tomb

 

095 Coffins were in these alcoves.jpg (58603 bytes)
Coffins were in these
alcoves

 

096 Coffin.jpg (55167 bytes)
Coffin

 

097 decorations in the tomb.jpg (94377 bytes)
In the Tomb

 

098 One of the Columbs.jpg (132760 bytes)
One of the Columns

 

099 Artwork in the Tombs.jpg (58539 bytes)
In a tomb

 

100 carved out of solid rock.jpg (90992 bytes)
The tombs were
carved into solid rock

 

101 Outside one of the bigger tombs.jpg (136794 bytes)
Outside one of 
the tombs

 

102 Tomb of the Wind - Muslin Shrine.jpg (76655 bytes)
Tomb of the Wind
Muslim Shrine

 

103 View from tomb of the Wind.jpg (120089 bytes)
View from the
Tomb of the Wind
104 View from tomb of the Wind.jpg (112703 bytes)
View from the
Tomb of the Wind

 

105 Asawan across the river.jpg (72298 bytes)
Aswan

 

106 Asawan across the river.jpg (89755 bytes)
Aswan

 

107 Egrets outside the Botanical Garden.jpg (140507 bytes)
Egrets outside the
Botanical Gardens

 

108 Dianne on the Falouka.jpg (51803 bytes)
Dianne on the Falouka

 

109 More Egrets in the Nile.jpg (141688 bytes)
Egrets

 

110 This Mossolium is Tomb of Aga Khan 48.jpg (48734 bytes)
This Mausoleum is Tomb
of Aga Khan #48

 

111 Lauri & Dianne in the Botanical Garden.jpg (143190 bytes)
Lauri & Dianne in the
Botanical Gardens

 

112 Botanical Garden is on Kitcheners Island.jpg (131663 bytes)
Botanical Garden is
on Kitcheners Island

 

113 Lauri.jpg (59485 bytes)
Lauri

 

114 Egret.jpg (59872 bytes)
Egret

 

115 Locals doing laundry.jpg (67354 bytes)
Locals doing Laundry
in the Nile

 

116 Boys around our Falouka.jpg (81128 bytes)
Boys around our
Falouka

 

117 Swani Inscriptions in rock.jpg (72545 bytes)
Swani Inscriptions
in the rock

 

118 Boats.jpg (111581 bytes)
Boats

 

119 Philae Temple.jpg (89622 bytes)
Philae Temple

 

120 Philae Temple.jpg (85981 bytes)
Philae Temple

 

121 Philae Temple.jpg (63138 bytes)
Philae Temple

 

122 Philae Temple.jpg (65856 bytes)
Philae Temple

 

123 Magic at Philae Temple.jpg (69699 bytes)
Magic at Philae

 

124 Philae built 400BC to 400AD then relocated.jpg (77986 bytes)
Philae built 400BC to 
400AD then relocated

 

125 Another building at Philae Site.jpg (77694 bytes)
Another building at
Philae Temple

 

126 Nile river from Aswan High Dam.jpg (69705 bytes)
Nile river from
Aswan High Dam.

 

127 Dianne & Lauri at Aswan High Dam.jpg (69048 bytes)
Dianne & Lauri at
Aswan High Dam

 

128 Original Dam built in 1892-1902 by William Wilcox.jpg (89856 bytes)
Original Dam built in
1892-1902 by
William Wilcox

 

129 Lauri at the Aswan Dam.jpg (75034 bytes)
Lauri at the
Aswan Dam

 

130 Pete above the Hydro Electric plant.jpg (54879 bytes)
Pete above the
Hydro-Electric plant

 

131 Pete at the Unfinished Obelisk.jpg (88677 bytes)
Pete at the
Unfinished Obelisk

 

132 Granite was removed by hand.jpg (100305 bytes)
Granite was removed
by hand

 

133 Kom Ombo.jpg (77048 bytes)
Kom Ombo

 

134 Kom Ombo.jpg (78277 bytes)
Kom Ombo

 

135 Lauri at Kom Ombo.jpg (92446 bytes)
Lauri at Kom Ombo

 

136 Mummified Crockodile.jpg (78850 bytes)
Mummified Crockodile

 

137 Calandar of Events.jpg (82153 bytes)
Calendar of Events

 

138 Ihy Hathor Sobek.jpg (123286 bytes)
Ihy, Hathor & Sobek

 

139 Ihy Hathor Sobek.jpg (121717 bytes)
Ihy, Hathor & Sobek
140 Woman on Birthing Stool & Medical Tools.jpg (133212 bytes)
Woman on Birthing
Stool & Medical Tools

 

141 Snake Charmer with Cobras.jpg (77927 bytes)
Snake charmer
with Cobras

 

142 Pete with Cobra.jpg (70292 bytes)
Pete with Cobra

 

143 Lock Gates at Esna.jpg (104841 bytes)
Lock Gates at Esna

 

144 Traders at Lock Gates.jpg (99803 bytes)
Traders at lock gate

 

145 Mortuary Temple for Queen Hatshepsup.jpg (112980 bytes)
Mortuary Temple for
Queen Hatshepsup

 

146 Lauri in the Valley of the Queens.jpg (88456 bytes)
Lauri in the Valley
of the Queens

 

147 There are 80 tombs at Valley of Queens.jpg (67885 bytes)
There are 80 tombs in
Valley of Queens

 

148 Statues at Queen Hatshepsup site.jpg (66494 bytes)
Statues at Queen
Hatshepsup site

 

149 Diannes going to the Valley of the Kings.jpg (72630 bytes)
Dianne going to the
Valley of the Kings

 

150 Tomb of Tutankhamon.jpg (76566 bytes)
Tomb of Tutankhamon

 

151 Valley of the Kings. 1300BC.jpg (105119 bytes)
Valley of the Kings
1300BC

 

152 Tomb of Merenptah.jpg (109544 bytes)
Tomb of Merenptah

 

153 It is Hot and Dry here.jpg (83736 bytes)
Its Hot & Dry here

 

154 Tomb of Thutmes.jpg (87758 bytes)
Tomb of Thutmes Third

 

155 Entrances are protected.jpg (122780 bytes)
Entrances are protected

 

156 Dianne & Lauri.jpg (91187 bytes)
Dianne & Lauri

 

157 Lauri with a Caretaker.jpg (54597 bytes)
Lauri with Caretaker

 

158 Tombs are open in rotation.jpg (118751 bytes)
Tombs are open
in rotation

 

159 There are 47 kings in the valley.jpg (104552 bytes)
There are 47 kings
in the valley.

 

160 Security Police everywhere.jpg (92527 bytes)
Security Police

 

161 Ofo Kasan - Alabaster.jpg (81219 bytes)
Ofo Kasan
Alabaster

 

162 Everything is Hand Made.jpg (98111 bytes)
Everything is
Hand Made

 

163 The Colossi of Memnon.jpg (80545 bytes)
The Colossi of Memnon

 

164 Guarding the Valley of the Queens.jpg (93418 bytes)
Guarding the
Valley of the Queens

 

165 Karnak Temple in Luxor 2000BC - 400BC.jpg (89584 bytes)
Karnak Temple in Luxor
2000BC - 400BC

 

166 Crio Sphinx at Karnak.jpg (94880 bytes)
Crio Sphinx at Karnak

 

167 Statues of Ramasus Second.jpg (98897 bytes)
Karnak -Statues of
Ramasus Second

 

168 Pete at Karnak.jpg (76175 bytes)
Pete at Karnak

 

169 Hypostyle Hall has 134 Columns.jpg (94202 bytes)
Hypostyle Hall has
134 Columns

 

170 Pete.jpg (89386 bytes)
Pete

 

171 Columns at Karnak.jpg (93587 bytes)
Columns at Karnak

 

172 Hatshepsup & Ramasus Second.jpg (85841 bytes)
Hatshepsup &
Ramasus Second.

 

173 These columns are huge.jpg (153496 bytes)
These columns are huge

 

174 Obelisks at Karnak.jpg (102815 bytes)
Obelisks at Karnak

 

175 Luxor Temple.jpg (79807 bytes)
Luxor Temple

 

176 Luxor Temple.jpg (74499 bytes)
Luxor Temple

 

177 Columns at Luxor Temple.jpg (61236 bytes)
Columns at
Luxor Temple

 

178 Obelisk at Luxor.jpg (81883 bytes)
Obelisk at Luxor

 

179 We fly in this Baloon.jpg (55480 bytes)
We flew in this Balloon

 

180 Getting the second baloon ready.jpg (61984 bytes)
Getting the second
balloon ready

 

181 Another balloon - Valley of the Queens.jpg (62293 bytes)
Another balloon,
Valley of the Queens

 

182 Mortuary Temple for Queen Hatshepsup.jpg (79119 bytes)
Mortuary Temple for
Queen Hatshepsup

 

183 Pete in the Hot Air Balloon.jpg (58035 bytes)
Pete in the 
Hot Air Balloon

 

184 A building below us.jpg (110997 bytes)
Building below us

 

185 we flew over this village.jpg (123468 bytes)
We flew over
this village

 

186 How people live.jpg (140082 bytes)
How people live

 

187 Lauri in hot Air Balloon.jpg (47357 bytes)
Lauri in the
Hot Air Balloon

 

188 they sleep on the roof.jpg (94756 bytes)
Sleeping on the roof

 

189 A street in the village.jpg (116175 bytes)
A street in the village

 

190 Typical Rooftop.jpg (141102 bytes)
Typical rooftop

 

191 Views from our balloon.jpg (71020 bytes)
View from Balloon

 

192 West Bank of River Nile.jpg (103521 bytes)
West bank of
River Nile

 

193 Dianne & Lauri.jpg (50389 bytes)
Dianne & Lauri in the
Hot Air Balloon

 

194 View from the Balloon.jpg (107505 bytes)
View from Balloon

 

195 The Colossi of Memnon.jpg (89162 bytes)
Colossi of Memnon

 

196 Bill on our Balloon Lamding.jpg (78410 bytes)
Bill on our
Balloon Landing

 

197 Getting Dianne out of the Balloon.jpg (109982 bytes)
Getting Dianne out
of the Balloon

 

198 Disabled Carry.jpg (102921 bytes)
Disabled Carrier

 

199 Balloon Basket after touchdown.jpg (93177 bytes)
Balloon basket
after touchdown

 

200 Pete rides camel called David Beckham with Akmed.jpg (111105 bytes)
Pete rides camel called
David Beckham
with Akmed

 

Cairo & Giza - September 2004

 

That Nile cruise was just fantastic. The only thing missing was a visit to see the Pyramids and Cairo Museum of Antiquities. Well, in 2004 we returned to "Sharm el Sheik" to go scuba diving in the red sea. Obviously, we could not go to Egypt a second time without visiting them. So, we took a day off diving and went on a long coach trip.....

Here are our pictures.

 

201 Pete in Cairo.jpg (62700 bytes)
Pete in Cairo
202 At the Pyramids.jpg (84930 bytes)
Pete at the Pyramids

 

203 Lauri at the Pyramids.jpg (89687 bytes)
Lauri at the Pyramids

 

204 Tourist Police.jpg (66511 bytes)
Tourist Police
205 Lauri rides a camel.jpg (77283 bytes)
Lauri rides a camel

 

206 Pete rides camel called Moses.jpg (70018 bytes)
Pete rode a camel
called Moses

 

208 Moses.jpg (82024 bytes)
Moses

 

207 Great Pyramid of Khufu 2560BC.jpg (113322 bytes)
Great Pyramid of Khufu
2560BC
209 Pete in fromt of Khefre Pyramid.jpg (102542 bytes)
Pete in front of
Khefre Pyramid

 

210 Pyramid built 2540BC.jpg (83735 bytes)
Pyramid built 2540BC.

 

211 Lauri touched the Pyramid.jpg (109151 bytes)
Lauri touched
the Pyramid

 

212 Pete touched the Pyramid.jpg (118582 bytes)
Pete touched
the Pyramid

 

213 Lauri at Giza.jpg (53671 bytes)
Lauri at Giza

 

214 Two Pyramids.jpg (62772 bytes)
Two Pyramids

 

215 2560BC 2540BC 2480BC.jpg (53855 bytes)
Pyramids built 2560BC
2540BC & 2480BC

 

216 Khufu Khefre Menkaure.jpg (62233 bytes)
Khufu Pyramid
Khefre Pyramid
Menkaure Pyramid

 

217 The Sphinx.jpg (63272 bytes)
The Sphinx

 

218 Pete at the Sphinx.jpg (63911 bytes)
Pete at the Sphinx

 

219 The Sphinx.jpg (64351 bytes)
The Sphinx

 

220 Lauri at the Sphinx.jpg (48910 bytes)
Lauri at the Sphinx

 

221 The Sphinx.jpg (58497 bytes)
The Sphinx
222 Cairo Museum of Antiquities.jpg (97949 bytes)
Cairo
Museum of Antiquities

 

 

The End