Two Weeks in Egypt - October 2012
Day Twelve: Abu Simbel and then back to Cairo
Our last breakfast on board our ship. Then most of us headed for the airport for the flight further south to Abu Simbel, site of the huge rock carvings of Ramesses II. We spent about 2 hours at the site, then back to the airport for a flight back to Aswan and on to Cairo. This was our last day as tourists. After an overnight stay and morning in Cairo we flew back to Dubai, overnight in a hotel and then on to Sydney, Auckland and finally Wellington and home.
Strange creatures in our cabin
During our time on the cruise boat, we had a keen cabin boy who looked after our cabin, cleaning, replacing the towels etc. He also spent some time creating strange creatures out of the towels and bedding. Here are his five creations!
Abu Simbel lies at the soutern border of the kingdom of Ramesses II. He constructed the huge carvings and temples as a reminder to his neighbours of his power to his power. The complex was relocated to this site in 1968 to escape the rising waters of Lake Nasser. There are two temples, one to Ramesses II as a lasting monument to himself and to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. The other temple is to his queen Nefertari.
Our last morning in Cairo
After flying back from Abu Simbel we had a few hours at the hotel in Cairo before we braved the traffic and headed back to the airport. To our surprise there are some green spaces in the city.
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