March 9: Abu Simbel, Temple of Ramses II. Oberoi Shehrayar
|Next morning got a flight south to Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel was built by Ramesses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) The people in the doorway give some perspective on the size.|
|A close up of one of the statues at the entrance.|
|Inside the temple was painted everywhere with scenes of the pharaoh's reign.|
| The second temple is dedicated to Ramesses' favourite wife, Nefertari. At the entrance stand six,
33 feet tall, rock-cut statues - two of Ramesses and one of Nefertari on either side of the doorway.
|Flew back to Aswan and onto our Nile river cruiser the Oberoi Shehrayar|
|We decided to end the day with a stroll through a local market. The vendors are very aggressive selling their goods. I'm sure most Americans find it difficult at first but in a day or so it just becomes the background noise of the trip and after a few more days becomes somewhat interesting and entertaining. I think in the end that's what it is supposed to be, it just takes us a while to understand the system.|