I’m spending relaxing Sunday with Chocolate at home today, cleaning room, doing laundry, etc.
Therefore, I decided to continue where I left it on my trip to Egypt.
I thought I would have time to upload about my trip sooner; but simultaneously, I had something that I wanted to share on that day that prevented me to continue.
Well, my second day in Egypt had been a long day.
We slept on the flight from Tokyo to Cairo; then continued our first half of sightseeing of the day.
We finally reach to our lodging for three nights: the Moon Dance Cruiser.
We were welcomed by Hibiscus Drink and my room is named my favorite “Da Vinci”.
To my surprise, the room is spacious for a cruise.
There is a spacious living room; I mainly use this room as my wardrobe.
There is a welcome fruit plate in the bedroom.
Fruits are delicious for deserted area.
Everyday, bed was made nicely.
There is a basin then toilet, shower booth and…
First, I was excited about having a sauna in the room.
However, this sauna was newly equipped the the recent renovation; therefore, the staff doesn’t know how to turn it on properly or lack of informing us on how to use.
First night, it went up only 40 C.
I thought Egyptians enjoy sauna in low temperature.
I found it can go up to 70C from other tour mates the next day.
The second night, I asked the staff to on the sauna again.
Originally, I was informed it will take 10 mins to heat up so I prepared accordingly.
However, it took 10 mins to go up to 40 C and another a half hour to reach 70 C.
My body got cold while waiting for the sauna to heat up.
The third night, I turned on sauna early so that by the time I come back from dinner, it would be just ready.
Well, it reached 70 C before going for dinner.
I happily came back to the room and found sauna was cold as 40 C.
I was frustrated and I followed what staff was doing previous night.
I turned the switch and heard ticking sound… it has the timer.
Ahhhhh, I had to wait for 40 mins again.
I was frustrated so I put pajama and stick Hokkairo (hot plasters) on me and sat in the sauna and waited to reach 70 C.
I made my own sauna and managed to sweat.
By the time, I learned about the sauna, it’s time to get off the cruise. Sigh
After quickly inspecting our room facilities, we had our lunch on the cruise
It’s buffet lunch and I enjoyed food and drink.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are precious in Egypt; therefore, fresh juice is more expensive than alcohol.
Usually, it’s vise versa.
I enjoyed all fresh fruit juice and this is banana juice.
After lunch, we departed for the Luxor Temple.
This temple was built over 3,000 years ago…?
Therefore, this temple was used by others as well.
There is a mosque in the temple; Muslims modified the temple partially during their time.
At the other end, there is a church.
Nonetheless, we can find many Egyptian legacy in the temple.
This is Rameses II; the great Pharaoh (King) who united the North and South Egypt.
You find lotus and papyrus flower at the foot of two men who are tied by a rope.
Lotus is symbol of the North Egypt and papyrus is the South Egypt; therefore, this statue represents Ramses II united the North and South Egypt.
Ramses II had a beautiful and supportive wife: Nefertari.
I leaned a great lesson recently; I was like why this, why not, etc., I was frustrated.
Today, I realize I am happy just loving him.
I can understand how much Nefertari loved him by looking at her statue.
She is such a loving person.
There is another symbol of great love: Tutankhamen and Ankhsesnamum.
She also supported him with her great love.
There are many beautiful and meaningful motif.
We tried to read Hieroglyphic Alphabets from this chart to understand the story of motif.
There was culture
and great engineering skill.
How could it end…?
We returned to the cruise.
The cruise parked in front of the Luxor Temple so that we could continue admire the Luxor Temple in warm orange when the sun is setting.
On that day, or room was facing the Valley of the Kings.
We watched the sun setting from the room.
After the sun set, the petro station parked next to our cruise to supply the fuel.
It’s very convenient!
I enjoyed food and drink in Egypt.
After returned to the room, what happened with sauna is explained earlier. hahaha
Other than that the bed is comfortable and I slept well.
2 thoughts on “Trip to Egypt (Day 2 Part 2)”
The sunset photos are even more fantastic than the daytime ones – if possible!
Yes, we did sun set hunting. 😬