2010-06-07 -- Luxor

Our earliest day yet! Luxor is hot. Very very hot. Hot, hot, hot, HOT! 44 degrees C (the next day, when I was writing this) We left the hotel at 8am to try to beat the heat on our tour the Valley of the Kings and the Tombs of the Nobles (also called the Theban Tombs). Both are located near the (former) town of Qurna, which was relocated to uncover the Tombs of the Nobles By 11am, we were finished, and it was an oven there. Sadly (for you, the viewer) no photos allowed.

In the Valley of the Kings, we visited the tombs of Ramses IX, I, III and V.

In the Tombs of the Nobles, we visited the Tomb of Nakht and the Tomb of Menna. Nakht was "the scribe of the granaries of Amun and the astrologer under Thutmosis IV". His tomb "is considered one of the most beautiful tombs of the cemetery", with scenes representing daily life. Menna was a "scribe and supervisor of lands belonging to the king and a temple of Amun." (more later).

The rest of the day was eating lunch, napping, and updating databases for the plane.

Dinner was at the hotel again, not sure why. Well, I can guess that there just aren't any higher-end places to eat nearby.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 215.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
I woke up just after sunrise to be greeted by three hot air balloons floating slowly by. They were labeled alaska-ballooning.com (which is a dead name, so don't bother clicking on it).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 400.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
The light at sunrise was just nice.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 400.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x at 270.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
One of the two Memmnon Colossi.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The Tombs of the Nobles were located under the town of Qurna. At great (maybe) government expense and great (definitely) suffering of the (former) residents, the town was moved. Most of the town, anyway; there are a few houses refusing to move, demanding money in addition to the new house.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
The plaque outside the Tomb of of Menna: "Exquisite coloring and attention to detail distinguish the wall paintings in his chapel. Scenes show Menna involved in surveying the fields and recording the harvest yield. Menna's wife, Henuttawy, who was a Chantress of Amun, is also shown together with two of their sons, Kha, a priest, and Se who followed his father's profession, as well as two daughters Amenemweskhet and Nehemet, both ladies-in-waiting in the palace, and another daughter named Kasy."



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
A guard house at the Tombs of the Nobles . I tried hard to capture how utterly desolate this area is. Dry. Hot. Possibly drier and hotter than Atacama.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Out of the corner of my eye...



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
...while Tisha and the girls talk about dolls.



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