January 15 – 16, Luxor, Egypt
Egypt is an ancient culture going back at least to 4000 BC. Approximately 88% are Islamic, 12% Coptic Christians. We had the luxury of three archeologists accompanying us for tours through Luxor, Cairo, and Giza. We toured the Valley of the Kings where another tomb was discovered two days before our arrival, Luxor and Karnak Temple where we had a private evening party, the Sphynx, and Giza Pyramids.
From the Archeologists we learned that there was little concern that Christians would suffer under the new government.
The Valley of the Kings. Note the pyramidal shape of the left-most peak. This valley is on the West Bank of the Nile across from and South of the center of Luxor. Workers creating the tombs of the Kings would walk from Luxor to the valley each day; food was brought for them by the king whose tomb was being built. A new tomb was discovered just two days before our arrival.
We could not take pictures here. We did visit the tomb of Tutankhamen, and saw his mummy and replicas of some of his artifacts. There is an exhibit now in Texas which I saw in Philadelphia in about 2005.
Excavation of the Karnak Temple site revealed a wall and ramp which is thought to have been the landing for boats traveling on the Nile to the temple in times past. The Nile is now about 200 yards away.
Obelisk at night.