March 11:  Horse carriage ride to Temple of Horus in Edfu, 
then to the Temple of Khnum in Esna.

Started the day with a horse carriage ride to the Temple of Horus in Edfu.  This temple is the best preserved major temple in Egypt . The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC.
Massive columns in the hypostyle hall still support the original stone roof.  

A reproduction of Horus's boat sits in the temple.

Our guide Heba lectured at each stop.  She was quite knowledgeable about symbolism in the carvings and the hieroglyphics on the walls 
Downstream a few miles was the Temple of Khnum at Esna was built in Greco-Roman times by the Ptolemies. The temple remains consist only of the first hypostyle hall of columns. It was dedicated to the ram headed god Khnum.
Had to pass through an interesting bazaar to get to the temple.  
The bank of Alexandria sits on the corner near the bazaar.  I wonder if anyone actually deposits money.  
A typical Egyptian village along the Nile.  
We got hung up for a few hours at a lock.  Merchants rushed to sell us stuff while we sat there.  They would throw the textiles onto the boat in plastic bags then haggle over the price.  You put the money in an empty film canister the throw it back.  It was very entertaining.  


The temple at Kom Ombo was built during (332 BC AD 395).   The temple is dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. The layout combines two temples in one with each side having its own gateways and chapels.  
That night we had a galabeya party.  As you can see, we dressed well for the party.

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