Sunday, 21 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
But silence is all I have and I shall hang on to my patience.
Monday, 15 February 2010
Firstly, the Eiffel Tower which stands as the worldwide symbol of Paris. Eiffel tower is impressive, bigger than I thought to be fair and you just have to struggle to get up there. Yes, there are queues with no apparent beginning or end but it is just too good to miss out on. The views at each stage are mindblowing and worth getting over at any case. At night, it lights up every hour, twinkles and whispers in your ear, "Paris is Magic".
We ventured out to take "Paris By Night" to see the 3 major landmarks of Paris, The Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde, and it was worth the price. The Champs-Elysees was buzzing and Arc de Triomphe looks stunning in the Night. The eternal flame below the Arc burns more brightly at night and this adds to the spectical. The roundabout around the monument is awesome to see.
Paris is just splendid, certainly a beautiful city that is packed full of impressive architecture, monuments and sculptures. Yes now I understand the reason why Paris is the most visited city in the world.
Life is not about the number of years that you live but the amount of life you experience in those years.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Next day we visited the Valley of the Kings. Its really incredible…unfortunately, no pictures were allowed. It is in a barren area of mountains of limestone and absolutely no vegetation. But in this valley there are thousands of tombs buried…most of which have not been discovered yet. Several of these tombs have been discovered by mistake. When a new King takes power one of the first things they do is commission the creation of their own tomb…life after death was an obsession. They take years to carve into the mountain and they vary in size…but all have a long passage way from the entrance and several small chambers off the passage way that leads to the burial chamber. It is difficult to imagine the amount of work that went into these as all along the long passage way and in each chamber the walls and ceilings are covered in hieroglyphics that tells the story of the person buried in that tomb.
There was only one queen who had a temple built so we stopped and saw Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple. She had an awful step son who had here killed so he could rule and then he defaced everything that honored her.
After an exhausting day exploring Luxor, we packed and went to the train station to get onto our transport to the Aswan. At last, at about 7:45 pm, the train pulled up and we on board, squeezing through the narrow seat with 20 kg bags in tow and Egyptian men smoking in rail bogies like chimneys. We arrived at Aswan around 11 and was transferred to the hotel. The tour guide here convinced us to drop Abu Simbel trip as it was planned very early next day morning. Instead he managed to squeeze in Nubian museum, Philae Temple and High dam in the schedule.
Next day morning, we visited Nubian museum where we could see lot of ancient egyptian monuments including a mummy. Next stop was to Agilika Island to see the Philae Temple. This temple, was relocated as part of the Aswan High Damn project. We took the flight back to Cairo and next day morning was our flight to London.
Overall, Egypt was incredibly interesting! They are simply the greatest monuments I have ever seen. I doubt whether anything my generation build will be left standing and be admired in the year 7500 AD.
Life is never dull…unless you let it be!