Unique Places in Luxor

  • Temple of Hathor
    Temple of Hathor
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    Paintings in the Crypt
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    Walking in the Crypt
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    club med - cool off in posh style for cheap

    by NSEW Written Feb 15, 2005

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    it's not really off the beaten path. it's really more on the tourist path - but not for tourists like me. i decided to pamper myself for a day in Luxor which is something i don't usually do when travelling (in order to save bucks and experience as much as possible). but after seeing most of the sights luxor has to offer and spending plenty of time winding my way through the city and hanging out with some locals, i decided to splurge. we went to club med for an afternoon of swimming and lounging next to the gorgeous banks of the Nile.

    it cost 45 egyptian pounds for pool access,a towel, and a drink card. that works out to about 8 american dollars. well worth it. the atmosphere was so serene and a break from the chaos and bustle of the streets. add the out of this world panoramic of the desert hills and it's truly perfect.

    do take the time to check it out!!!!!!

    location: Bella Donna - Rue Khaled lbn El Walid

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    Karnak and Luxor temple complex from air

    by sayedaburas Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    Luxor —the city— is the world's greatest open air museum.

    Ancient Greek poet Homer described it as "Thebes of the hundred gates". Luxor —the name— was derived from the Arabic word "al-qusoor" i.e. "the palaces".

    Take a better taste, and go little bit higher to explore more.

    About Cost? It is a bit less than one air ticket!

    Karnak Complexes
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    On Yer Bike!

    by MadKiwiBeast Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Definitely get a bicycle for at least one day! You don't get hassled by all the horse drawn carriages and street-sellers and its all flat so you can travel a long way quickly and cheaply. It also gives you the opportunity to venture into the small villages surrounding Luxor. This is what we did and actually came across a little shop in one of the villages where we didn't have to haggle for our coke and chips etc and paid the real price!! Quite a relief after 2 weeks of arguing over the price of a loaf of bread (usually 3-5 times the correct price is what they'll try to sell it to you in Luxor). We met these young boys while riding around the back of Karnak temple and they gave us sugar cane in return for a pen. They also asked us for money (baksheesh) Please don't give the children money unless you feel you REALLY have to as they begin to see tourists as money for nothing and you just make the situation worse for those to follow after you.

    Luxor Lads
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  • Hassan Fathy

    by Shareen1 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    If you want something a little different, then visit the theatre and mosque in Hassan Fathy village.
    This village was built this century to house villagers from Qurna who live over the tombs on the West Bank. Needless to say, they didnt want to move and the houses were occupied by other West Bankers.
    But Hassan Fathy was a brilliant architect, and his mosque is very beautiful. There is also a small theatre, a bit like an ampitheatre where they put on plays on a regular basis.
    The village itself is now part of Qurna, and you can reach it by taking the main road from the ferry drop off, towards the ticket office on the West Bank. After you go through the last police check point, and just before you head out into open countryside you will be in Hassan Fathy village. The theatre and mosque are on a little square just off the main road on the right. If you find yourself anywhere near the Colossi of Memnon, you have gone too far!

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  • Wonderful temple often missed

    by Shareen1 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Get a taxi to the temple of Seti 1. Its normally not included in the organised tours who stick to the tried and tested.
    The time I was there, we had the temple to ourselves. It is quite big, lovely architecture, pretty well preserved, probably better than the Ramesseum, and it was a wonderful place to wander around.
    It is on the West Bank, out past the Valley of the Kings on the edge of a village called (I think) Tarik.

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    off to Hurghada

    by scout04 Written Jan 27, 2004

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    Catch the convoy for an overnight stay and a day on a boat and diving in Red Sea. This is not expensive and well worth the trip. You don't need to be an experienced diver as the dive schools will take down even the most nervous novice. To swim with tropical fish and turtles around the coral reefs is beyond any experience you could find on land. This is well worth a day away from Luxor. On the boat we had the most amazing lunch and all included in the price. This was the best day of my holiday and that is saying something.

    sea of many colours
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    Fishermen

    by Shofja Written Dec 23, 2003

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    When we had Felucca ride we saw how local fishermen are drawing toils.
    For me it was really surprising - i know that water of the River Nile is very impure, and think, that there isn't possible to get some fish :-) But i was wrong.... ;-)
    The view was really interesting!

    Fishermen

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    Gatecrash a wedding!

    by chigna Written Jul 18, 2003

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    On our first night in egypt, the guide we had found invited us to a wedding next evening....mmmm strange...
    after the holiday rep telling us not to go off the main roads, there was us with a strange guy in a taxi speeding through the back streets of luxor.
    We sat with sayed in a large square amongst the houses, 2 bottle blonde females in a sea of men. we were brought tea and cola and watched the children in their tatty 'sunday best' dance to some quiet good music whilst the women all stared at us. We shall never again visit a zoo without empathising with the inmates!
    We later found out is was considered lucky to have a foreigner at your wedding when we were thrust through the crowd to shake hands with the beautifully dressed bride and groom. Older women 'tongueing' loudly around us.
    As an insight to the real 'egypt' it was briliant.
    So if you get invitied to a wedding...go!
    but take lots of sweets for the children who will come up and stare at you....lol

    unfortunately, all the photos of this event were lost in the red sea when on a boat the next day...i was trying to photograph a coral island as we hit a big wave...and it was either me or the camera that went overboard.....

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    Alabaster craftwork

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 20, 2012

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    This was supposed to be a visit to one of the alabaster "factory" with demostration of stone carvings in ancient way. But it was showing up for the naive tourists. ....

    the stone carving

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    Looks funny, isn't so? :-)

    by Shofja Written Mar 1, 2005

    It's view from "Hotel St.Catarina" roof :-)
    Yes, Luxor - city with so many historical monuments - from above looks so....

    roofs of Luxor

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    Explore Luxor from the sky, ride hot air Balloon!

    by sayedaburas Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    Luxor hosts one third of the world's ancient antiquities.

    Luxor is a real open museum.

    Try not to miss exploring it from the sky...

    Luxor from air
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    Luxor landscape & Colossi of Memno from hiiiiiigh

    by sayedaburas Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    To compare Such Colossi (great) two statues of Memnon as well as Luxor landscape, try the balloon and have a collective panorama of such area, as a part of your lowest possible flight over Luxor.

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    Sunrise

    by Rachelynn Written Nov 29, 2004

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    We woke up early to catch the sunrise on one particular day. It was worth it. We sat on the upper deck of the cruise ship and enjoy the coolness and serenity....

    Morning has broken
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    Make a boat trip ...

    by egonwegh Written Aug 25, 2004

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    Make a boat trip - your chance to see the town and the monuments from a different angle. Be sure to take warm clothes after sunset, especially when you are visiting Egypt in winter time ...

    Banks of the river Nile

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    NO MILK TODAY

    by Prasnjavi Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    The 0.33 liter bottle of Heineken costs in "Anubis" restaurant 12 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro). It is good to refresh you.
    Cheers!

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