Our visit to the Valley of the Kings would begin early in the morning,
5:00 a.m., so that we could return to the hotel early in the afternoon.
No, it's not because we wouldn't have like to stay all day in the
Valley of the Kings, we probably would have given the chance, but
the temperatures were in the mid-120 degree range in the afternoon
Sun. Certainly not the kind of heat you can tolerate to long.
Leaving Luxor we took the bus over to the Nile, crossed the Nile
on a ferry and continued toward the Valley of the Kings. The first
ancient ruin we encountered was that of the Colossi of Memnon, two
giant statues situated on the plain between Thebes and the Valley
of the Kings. They are all that remain of a monumental avenue which
led to the temple of Amon-Ofis III. These two statues are 60 feet
high, with their feet measuring 6 feet long and 3 feet thick. Each
was carved from a single piece of sandstone to represent Pharaoh
sitting on his throne with his hands on his knees.
The Colossi of Memnon
A single Colossi of Memnon
The Colossi of Memnon are known for emitting sounds
and a number of legends offer reasons for this. But modern day
science has found that the sounds are due to vibrations of the
broken surface caused by the rapid changes in temperature as the
When the bus parked on the side of the road we all
jumped off to take a closer look and photograph the statues. Not
long after we appeared this little boy carrying a black sheep
emerged from behind the statue. As you can imagine in a country
with so much poverty begging is prominent everywhere, and this
was that little boy's way of earning some extra spending money
for him and his family. At least he wasn't just standing out on
a street corner somewhere begging for spare change. He offered
something in return for the few Egyptian pounds he might make
during the day. I think we all obliged and gave him something
for his effort.