|Cairo train station|
|Cairo train station|
|Jordan and Shauns car/sleeping area|
|train food (Paige was in heaven)|
|yes, I am the only one who slept, can you tell?|
|two huge statues awaiting our entry|
|the colours in this picture were wonderful|
|avenue of the Sphinxes|
The following day Shaun booked a tour through our hotel to Hatshepsut's temple and the Valley of the kings.
On our way to our first stop our guide explained that everything on the East bank were living temples and everything built on the West bank were tombs for the dead. We visited the West bank.
We arrived at Hatshepsut's temple (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortuary_Temple_of_Hatshepsut) and were blown away by the beauty.
She rose to power quickly after her husband died (6 years after she married). Her son was still young and was rightfully the new Pharaoh. Hatshepsut liked the power so, like any power hungry mother what do you do? Exile your son. This soon came to bite her in the behind as her son became a warrior and came back to reclaim his throne. After she died he proceeded to wipe any evidence of her on items that would not put him in bad favour with the gods. Good for us as we were able to see her statues but many on the paintings of her were scraped away like she never existed.
|model of Hatshepsut's temple|
|look who's driving|
|hold on everyone Jordan's driving (zig zagging)|
|view up to the temple|
|view up to the ceiling (it looks like stars)|
|names inside the cartouches|
|this fellow reminded me of a muppets character|
|statues of Hatshepsut|
|these statues still have their rose cheeks|
|she was so powerful that her statues had the fake beard|
The first was Ramses the VI, the colours and the hieroglyphics were unimaginable. Our guide explained that as soon as a pharaoh came into power their tomb was started. I can believe it, the amount of detail that we saw was striking.
The second tomb that we went to was first inhabited by a queen and later taken over/added to by a pharaoh. As we entered this tomb the first portion was ornate and colourful and then abruptly turned grey and drab. We later were told that the first portion was that of the queens and the latter portion was that of the pharaoh.
The last was the hardest to get to. It was hot, the girls were tired and it was the farthest away. That being said, it was one of the first tombs in the Valley. We had to climb a flight of stairs before descending three layers into the tomb. There were no hieroglyphics the pictograms were painted on a flat surface. Carved hieroglyphics came later. These images were simple pictures in a pattern using reds, browns and blacks to create an incredible scene. It definitely was a great way to end the day.
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