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The Elegance of Egypt – Day 4|4th Apr 16

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Day 4 of our Egypt Trip was another fun day exploring the town of Edfu in a horse cart, sailing to Kom Ombo, visiting 2 temple sites, checking out a “Crocodile Museum”, having some pool fun, enjoying a BBQ Dinner and then sailing to Aswan which was our final cruise destination. A day well spent with lots of exploration and chilling out.

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We woke up at 6 AM, had another hearty breakfast and then got ready to move towards the Edfu Temple in a totally new mode of transport – a Horse Cart! It was fun taking a ride through the rustic town of Edfu passing the early morning hustle bustle and lazily opening shops. Sadly the horse cart driver could not speak or understand English so we could not interact much but nonetheless it was a fun ride before we reached the Edfu Temple.

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The Temple of Edfu is an ancient Egyptian temple, located on the west bank of the Nile.  It is one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. The Temple of Edfu provides the model for Temple Works in Holbeck, Leeds. The courtyard columns at Edfu are closely copied in the frontage of the Leeds building.

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There were some magnificent structures and beautiful inscriptions throughout the ruins and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Ahmed who provided us a lot of information and snippets about the history of this temple.

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Abhay had a little too much exploring and thanks to the early morning wake-up call he was quite tired on our way back to the cruise.

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But we knew that our next agenda item would get him back to his usual energy levels and the moment we told him we were going to the rooftop pool he was all excited and quickly changed into his swim gear! Both of us had a wonderful time in the pool monkeying around and thanks to the bright sunshine & the warm weather, the cool water provided the best possible respite to us. The Sun Deck was very well managed and quite a beautiful area.

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After the watery fun session we went back to room, had a quick shower and got ready for the next POA where the Captain of the Cruise Boat was taking us for a tour of the Control Room from where the navigator manages the boat and provided us with all the information about the navigation process. I asked him a lot of questions which he was more than happy to answer. I also spotted some Rolls Royce parts in the navigation gear which was quite a revelation! The session was very informative and was good fun at the same time.

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After the exploration, watery fun and information, the next agenda was plain and simple! Food in the Tummy! And we went overboard! It was such an amazing meal full of Continental and Egyptian Delights. The desserts were fabulous as well.

We had a relaxed 2 hours long afternoon siesta which was much needed after a heavy lunch. After freshening up we got ready to leave for the Kom Ombo Temples in Aswan.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple and was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church.

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The setting Sun gave me some beautiful hues for my photographs and the structures looked absolutely gorgeous bathed in mellow orange colour. Abhay once again got busy in his favourite Egypt activity – sifting and collecting pebbles and then filling his pockets with them! Each time we had to push him to move forward when the group moved! And then he gave us his “You talking to me?” look!

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Next up was the “The Crocodile Museum”, yes you read it correctly! The ancient Egyptians even mummified Crocodiles and I had never heard or read about it. The museum is located right next to the temple site and displays 22 mummified crocodiles of various sizes out of forty to have been unearthed in Aswan. The crocodiles are arrayed on a sand hill inside a large glass showcase, allowing visitors to see how crocodiles passed their days in ancient Egypt. A collection of crocodile coffins and wooden sarcophagi, along with crocodile foetuses and eggs, are also on display, in addition to stelae and statues depicting the crocodile-god Sobek, bearing a human body and the head of a crocodile. Replicas of Sobek’s original tombs and niches are also on display. Following a crocodile’s death, it was treated like a god, mummified and buried like a pharaoh, replete with funerary items.

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Abhay thoroughly enjoyed gazing at the Crocodile mummies and had a wonderful time!

We got back in time to the boat to witness a beautiful sunset over the River Nile and as you all know by now this is my favourite time of the day looking at the various colours which are absolutely mesmerizing. I get completely lost each time I gaze at the sky during this time of the day!

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We started our final sail as part of the cruise towards Aswan and all set for the much-awaited BBQ dinner on the rooftop.

The dinner was lip-smacking delicious and very spicy going by Egyptian Standards. We once again filled ourselves to the brim and called it a day soon after.

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The day started on a fun note with the horse cart ride and ended on a delicious high. We could not have asked for more!

So till the time we meet again…

Cheers to life…

Till then ride safe and have safe sex…

Inquilab Zindabad…

Hasta la Victoria Siempre…

Jai BoP!

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