2010-06-05 -- Cairo to Luxor

A short flight, that actually was somewhat short, and definitely interesting. We flew mostly along the Nile, from the low north (Cairo) to the higher south (Luxor). The contrast between the river valley (bright, bright green) and everywhere else (light brown sand, with massive signs of local erosion) was stunning.

No fuel was needed (this flight was short, and the next flight is short) so all we needed to do was hail a bus to the terminal and leave. I'm drawing a complete blank trying to remember (three days later) exactly what happened, if anything. I'm guessing nothing; we got to the hotel at slightly before 3pm, ate a "light" lunch at the cafe in the hotel, and took naps. Dinner was at 6pm in the Italian restaurant in the hotel, then at 7:15pm we caught the bus to see Luxor Temple at sunset/night.

The guards (Antiquity Police) and guides (locals in robes) are extremely helpful in pointing out the sights...for a small fee. As our group left a 'storage yard' (containing all the pieces that can't be placed in their original position) a guard motioned me to follow him to a corner of the yard for a look back at the temple. It was a nice view (third and fourth from the end below), but by now it was so dark that the camera wouldn't auto-focus and I couldn't really see anything anyway. While getting there, a couple of 'guides' followed us back. On the way out, everyone asked for 'money for food' (hand to the mouth gesture); I gave the guard some. So there; I bribed Egyptian Police. :-)


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Jet Commander N696RV at Cairo, Egypt. The main tires are flat. The aluminum around the windows is corroded to near-nothing. The windows are sand blasted. Not air worthy. You can probably get it for free. I found some pictures from its better days, and a discussion about its history.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 9.4 mm; 1/250 sec, f/9.0, ISO 80
A Saudia Arabian Boeing 757 (I think) lands on Jeffrey.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Heavily eroded canyons next to the Nile.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
The Nile valley quickly turns into desert nothingness.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 0.3 sec, f/9.1, ISO 200
The Luxor Obelisk, the twin of the Obelisk in Paris at the



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1.6 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200
Sitting Ramesses II inside Luxor Temple.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1.3 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200
Sitting Ramesses II inside Luxor Temple.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 4 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1/4 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1.3 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 70.0 mm; 0.8 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 2 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 2 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1.6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 6 sec, f/12.9, ISO 200
The entrance to Luxor Temple, the Luxor Obelisk (the twin of the Obelisk in Paris at the Place de la Concorde), and two sitting Ramesses II.



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