We said good-bye to the very attentive staff of the Nile Goddess, and boarded the bus to cross the Nile to the west side -- the side associated with death.
We passed Joseph's Stores, which he had built to store grain during the 7 good years in preparation for the 7 years of famine foretold in Pharaoh's dream, in 2000 BCE.
Along the road we saw the ruins of the Ramesean Temple Houses, from which people were evicted because they were mining the rich lode of antiquities in the area and selling them out of Egypt.
The road to the Valley of the Kings and Queens is narrow and winding. It was pretty hot, so we were happy to take a trolley from the main entrance to the area of the tombs. This was not a publicly-flaunted storehouse of wealth like the Giza Pyramids.
King Tut's Tomb
The Temple of Hatshepsut is on the other side of a ridge, directly backing on her tomb in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. It is 3 storeys high, with paintings depicting, among other things, her Nubian excursion that brought back many kinds of plants. Huge statues overlook the vast terraces.
Our final visit of the whole trip was the astonishing Karnak Temple, the largest temple in the world. Much of it is in ruins, but it's very evident how amazing it was in its day. As usual, Mostafa was very thorough in his explanations of the various areas of the temple and the meaning of the carvings and paintings we were seeing.
In late afternoon we left Luxor Airport for Cairo and so began our journey home.
EO had booked us rooms at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport for the few hours until our departure -- what a lovely hotel. We had dinner at the EVOO restaurant, freshened up, rested for a little while and left for the airport at 10:30 pm.