June 07, 2011

Hatshepsut's Tomb

By the time we reached the tomb of Hatshepsut we'd already been through the Valley of the Kings (photos for which I can't find) and the temperature was getting to be terrible. I think it was about 45C this day. Perhaps stupidly, I didn't realise that this temple had been rebuilt and was not original. I guess I should have been able to tell from the 'cleaness' of the stone.

Even zoomed in, it is difficult to see what this picture is of. Coming down the side of the mountain are workers moving rocks etc to build a people mover to make it easier for people to reach the site. Presently, when you arrive, their is a little shuttle train that runs you to the steps. The worst thing about this, are the tourist groups who jump the queue and push the others out of the road.

Hatshepsut's temple against the rocky cliff. New or old, it is an incredible thing to behold.

Looking back towards the entrance from the steps of the temple.


Looking straight up at the temple from the bottom of the stairs.

Ange and I had a good look around the temple but headed back to the cafe after a short(ish) while. When we got there, it was interesting how many of the Egyptian guys tried their pick up lines on us. Ange was asked how many times she had sex in a day, and she randomly pulled a number out of the air, to which the young guy replied that he was like a stallion and he could go for longer than that. It got to the point where we had to take it in turns being married to either Bruno or Joel. It was crazy.

The only negative to going to this temple was that we weren't told it wasn't included in the ticket price we'd already paid and so we all had to pay over another 35LE. Which is probably only about $10 Aus, but surprise bills are never nice.

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