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.

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