The best part of our cruise was that we had our own tour guide for our group of four. His name was Wael, though Dizzy and Brian decided to call him Bobby Abreu. I am pretty sure Wael didn't know that he looked just like an Angels player, but the nickname stuck. Wael taught us more than we could possibly remember about the ancient Egyptians, their beliefs, and their lifestyle. We also got him talking about Egyptian politics, religion, tourism, and he told us some jokes that lower Egyptians (from Cairo and the North) tell to make fun of upper Egyptians (from Luxor on South).
In Aswan we made a quick stop to look at the unfinished obelisk, the Aswan High Dam, and the Temple of Philae. Philae was really cool - it had been moved 300m from its original site because when the Aswan Dam went up, the temple was submerged under the Nile. It had graffiti in English, French, and Arabic from sailors who had passed by two and three hundred years ago. It's better for me to show you photos than try to describe any more.
|At Lake Nasser, by the Aswan High Dam|
Then we headed to the ship and checked out Aswan town in the evening. I almost paid $90 for a couple of necklaces because I thought they cost $9. Those decimal points are tricky, so I'm glad Brian had the money that day. The ship stayed docked in Aswan the first night as the other travellers arrived. There were a few big family groups of Spaniards, a bunch of Romanians, a couple of Germans, two Americans, and some Egyptians also. We spent much of the cruise on the rooftop sundeck, watching the other passengers and the riverbanks go by.
The middle two days were spent mostly cruising down the river, with a stop at the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Edfu. Here are some photos:
|Kom Ombo Temple|
|On the ship at the Esna locks|