I overdosed on temples and tombs in Luxor over two swift afternoons. The temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Medinet Habu . . .
The dusty slides from my high school and university courses were brought to life in Luxor, and while quick, this side trip was enjoyable and I got what I wanted out of it. I hired a driver both days—a kind cab driver named Mostafa—but opted not to pay for a guide. I didn’t need one, as I remembered enough from my studies in high school and college. And to Mr. Glass, my AP art history teacher: thank you.
Photography isn’t allowed in the rock-cut tombs of the Valley of the Kings, so I’ve got nothing to share here from that visit. Karnak Temple wowed me in particular—the ruins of its great hypostyle hall are stunning. I loved Habu Temple as well, especially because the colors on the walls are relatively well-preserved, but unfortunately my camera died when I got there.
Touring Luxor’s temples and tombs in November is an ideal time, weather-wise. While it was sunny and warm, it was quite tolerable and mild. But I can imagine those tombs being unbearable and uncomfortable in the summer.
A glimpse of Luxor in photographs:
I generally don’t buy souvenirs while traveling, with the exception of original local artwork for my walls. In Luxor, I decided to pick a few items: a small green vase and a tiny Pharaonic figurine. I haggled a bit but was still definitely overcharged, but that’s fine.
A tour of one of the alabaster factories:
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