• Locations & History

    Traditional Egyptian Home [Day Trip Guide]

    Whilst travelling down the River Nile on a rather deserted cruise, we took a jeep out into the desert. Here we went to visit a remote rural village and a traditional Egyptian home. This village has kept the essence and appearance of an ancient traditional housing complex and traditional architecture. An Island village Arriving at the village, I caught sight of several small children ranging from the age of five to around fifteen. They were all hiding behind pillars, cars, and anything that would provide them with sufficient concealment. Suddenly I realised that in their eyes we were intruders. We were invading their private home, that has been unfrequented by…

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    The Colossi of Memnon, Egypt

    They located the Colossi of Memnon west of the modern city of Luxor and facing east toward the River Nile. These imposing sandstones stand at 60 ft high and weigh 720 tons each. They represent Amenhotep III (1385-1353 BCE) of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt in all his glory. Here, the king is depicted as sitting on a throne engraved with imagery of his wife and mother. Both his wife and mother symbolise rebirth. The Egyptian Engravings at The Colossi of Memnon The engravings, as previously mentioned, had more than just a decorative purpose. It was a form of art, and like art today its purpose was to instruct, warn, and…

  • Valley of the Kings
    Locations & History

    Valley of the Kings, Egypt

    What is the Valley of the Kings? The ancient Egyptians built massive and elaborate tombs for themselves. The Valley of the Kings is a long narrow defile on the River Nile’s west bank in Upper Egypt. It was once part of the ancient city of Thebes (modern town of Luxor). And acted as a burial site for almost all the Pharaohs between the 18th-20th dynasties (1539-1075 BCE). To date, there have been 62 tombs found in the hills behind Dayr al-Bahri. Since 1979, they have been a part of the World Heritage site of ancient Thebes. I can’t stress enough that a tour of the Valley of the Kings is…

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    Karnak and Luxor Temples [Travel Guide]

    Initial thoughts on Karnak and Luxor Temples Another stop on our cruise down the Nile River was Karnak and Luxor Temples… and boy were they worth it! Ever wondered what makes Karnak and Luxor temples so special? Read on to find out more! Karnak Temple Karnak is an ancient Egyptian temple complex. Located on the east bank of the Nile River in Thebes, now known as Luxor. Karnak Temple dates from 2055 BC to 100 AD. This means they built it over 2,000 years. This makes Karnak Temple one of the oldest temples in Egypt. Additionally, it has architectural structures dating back to 4,000 years ago.  Hatshepsut & Thutmose III…

  • Locations & History

    Bath Abbey | The History

    I first visited Bath over a decade ago, and I remember vividly seeing Bath Abbey for the first time. Luckily, I have since been back several times. I believe I can say confidently that there is nowhere like the Abbey. It is officially known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. And it is a richly atmospheric place of worship which shows a premier example of Norman Perpendicular Gothic architecture. This architecture is a true testament to the blend of Anglo-Saxon, Norman and 19th-century cultures. Why do I say this? Well, you can find exquisite columns of honey-gold stone, striking stained-glass windows and incredible fan vaulting ceilings.…

  • Locations & History

    The Roman Baths | The Roman History

    Have you ever wondered what the history is behind one of the U. K.’s biggest and must-see tourist attractions, The Roman Baths? Well, read on to find out more. A Fabled Foundation of Bath We hold a common belief throughout England that the Romans founded Bath. Whilst the Romans established the Bath we know and love now, there is a remarkable story surrounding its foundation that you might not have heard. According to legend, Bladud, the eldest son of the Celtic King Lud and father of King Lear founded the city of Bath. Banished from the kingdom because of his incurable leprosy, Prince Bladud became a swineherd. However, as his…

  • Abu Simbel
    Locations & History

    Abu Simbel |The Ancient History

    One morning whilst cruising down the River Nile we got up at two am. We drove for three hours through the desert to arrive at Abu Simbel by five. For those, like myself, who hate waking up early you might question my sanity right about now. Believe me, I was questioning it. But I am so glad I listened to our tour guide. What awaited me made everything worth it. I firmly believe that nothing can ever surpass the image of the sunrise hitting Abu Simbel that morning.  Visit Early in the Morning  Early morning is the time to visit. There are fewer tourists, meaning that it is quiet and…

  • Egypt Travel Bucket List
    Locations & History

    The Temple of Horus at Edfu [Travel Guide]

    The Temple of Horus, otherwise known as Edfu temple, was one of my favourite stops along the Nile River. Architecturally impressive, the Temple of Horus is a must-do stop. You’ll experience the sheer scale and ambition of the Egyptian temple builders. There’s so much to see but I would recommend booking a tour guide. This will allow you to make the most out of your visit and the guides are lovely and informative. They bring the hieroglyphs, history and religion behind the temple to life. Whilst, introducing visitors to the people who inhabited it and the culture they lived in. The Preservation of an Ancient Temple As the best-preserved ancient…

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