We spent the day touring various temples and ruins including Kom Ombo & Edfu. It was at this point that it became really clear that all Haytham's info on every place we had been was finally starting to all come together. We were starting to hear familiar names, and stories were making heaps more sense and all starting to tie together. It can feel a bit mundane when your Egyptologist is telling you everything from each separate temple or pyramid but about a week in it all starts to tie together and instantly you have the relevance you have been lacking before. Stick with the guide - it all makes sense around here!
I'm not sure why but I was pretty excited about Luxur. I think I just didn't really have any knowledge of Egypt so of course Luxor is the name you hear so I expected it to be really impressive. I have to say I was kind of disappointed with Luxor. I think it was really strange to finally be in the city with everyone else and after being pretty much on our own with almost every temple and ruin to ourselves, it was a bit hard to be impressed by Luxor when we had seen what I considered to be much more impressive temples.
The avenue of the Sphynx's is very cool and you can really imagine walking up the carriageway between these impressive sculptures for three miles between Karnak and Luxor. This website has a great pic of what the Avenue of Sphinx's might have looked like.
What a few people may not realise is that while the temple was built by 4 different pharaohs it also holds a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander The Great. That Alexander he did get around.
It must have been a spectacular example of people and animals in its day and yet again the scale is overwhelming. What an amazingly talented race of people. Through all of Egypt you see the various cultures on display but I really felt that this was Luxor's calling card. They temple at Karnak is amazing but Luxor feels much more of a collaborative effort of all the influences that created the Egyptian culture.
We did have a great evening touring the site and a great dinner afterwards and Luxor is very much part of the Egyptian story but in reflection, I could have missed Luxor and not missed much I felt. ONLY because we had seen so much and been right off the beaten track all over the country I think.