Luxor, Egypt

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The Egyptians warned us of the arrival of the Dark Lord Taylor “Hitlor” Swift.

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We had a donkey ride as a part of our tour.

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Luxor is the historic capital of ancient Egypt.

There are loads of tombs, and each ticket entitles one to enter three (not including King Tut’s – but King Tut’s actually quite small). Photos inside the tombs cost extra.

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And its main attraction is the Valley of the Kings, a collection of tombs, as well as the temple pictured here. (Behind the Valley.)

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The temple was reasonably well preserved, but not that big on the inside.

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The many people who worked there kept offering to adjust our headgears. They asked for money, of course.

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The donkeys were all led by children, who were enthusiastic and very willing to take photos for you.

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It’s amazing how the colours have remained after several millennia.

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In the city, which was likely the nicest city in Egypt, by the way – all other parts of Egypt seemed worse than the worst parts of Mexico, there was also this temple.

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And of course the Nile.

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The temple in the city had a Coptic Christian church built on it, which was then destroyed by the Muslims who built a mosque on it. So it’s one of those places that have been continuously a place of worship for thousands of years.

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The Arabic dress was a two parters I bought in Abu Simbel. He originally asked for 950LE but I bargained it down to 200.

It was actually very nice. The exterior was a bit long for me, but I’m definitely wearing it as a bathing robe. It’s very comfortable, very convenient, and warmer than expected. There’s a reason why so many still wear it in the Middle East.

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A bit farther away from the city is the main temple of the Sun God Ra.

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Say you’ll remember me, standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset babe…

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The Romans took many of these.

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It was hidden under sand and so it escaped destruction.

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