Traveling down to Luxor and Thebes was a feast for the senses. Admittedly, there were so many temples and ruins it’s a tad hard to distinguish them in retrospect. But a few stood out and will stay with me forever.
Hatshepsut Temple was just discovered in the 19th century and is still undergoing restoration. The temple rises out of the desert in a series of terraces that merge with the stunning limestone cliffs behind it. It was powerful walking through the temple but even more beautiful seeing it from the skies via a hot air balloon ride.
With it’s grand colonnades, Luxor Temple sits along the waterfront in the heart of modern Luxor. It is particularly beautiful and romantic at night. I longed to have the place to myself to get lost and explore without the other tourists and hokey light show. Another time and place perhaps…
Second only to the Pyramids of Giza in terms of popularity, Karnak Temple is an impressive complex of more than 25 temples and chapels. Over 30 pharaohs contributed to the building of Karnak over a 1300 year period. It would have taken many visits to truly appreciate it all, but I feel lucky to have been there for just a few brief hours.