Obelisks (I believe this is the one erected by Hatshepsut)
The painted underside of the columns
Anne (right) listening intently to what Adam is saying.
||When touring through such ancient
places it's essential that you have a good tour guide, and we
were lucky to have Adam (pictured left). He was an expert guide
and very knowledgeable about the ruins at Luxor and Karnak.
We were also fortunate to have been a part of a small group
of only 16 which allowed us to always be close and hear what
was being said and to have our questions answered. Unfortunately
most of us have no control over how many people are in a designated
group, but I would question any tour office you are thinking
of dealing with as to exactly how many people are in the group.
The smaller the better.
A cartouche. I probably took this picture because of the frog
in the lower left. Frogs are one of Anne's favorites.
This hieroglyphic represents the god Horus, one of my favorites
My nature does not lend itself to traveling in tour groups. I find
them to regimented for my tastes. If I like a place I might want
to stay longer, and if I don't like it I might want to leave early.
Traveling in a tour group this is impossible. There is always a
schedule to adhere to, like it or not. I think one of the most enjoyable
aspects of this tour was the fact that there were only 16 people.
How many times have you taken tours in groups of 40, 50 or even
60 and found it difficult to get close enough to hear what the tour
guide was saying. Small groups are much better!
Another thing when touring in a group, don't expect much from the
people you are touring with as you may be disappointed. Let's face
it, we're all individuals with our own preferences for the people
we hang out with and the things we do. Being thrown together in
a group of unknowns can introduce some rather surprising turn of
events. On this tour there were only two other people our same age,
Anne and Geoff. The remainder of the group was at least 15 to 20
years older. There were times we needed to slow down so that the
older ones could keep up and they were definitely affected more
by the heat than we were. Most of the people were very nice and
polite, however, there was one couple who were, to say the least,
quite bizarre. They announced to the group right up front that they
didn't want to have anything to do with the group; that they were
just traveling with us as part of the group, but they didn't want
to socialize or even be friendly. I guess it takes all kinds!?!
For the better part of the trip they kept their distance from the
rest of us, but toward the end of the trip they actually became
friendly and began talking with us. So, expect nothing from your
group and be pleasantly surprised if they are all nice, enjoyable
Now, let's cross the Nile and head into the Valley of the Kings