Up bright and early this morning some of the group went to Abu Simbel by plane, while some (me included) went further south on the Nile to visit a Nubian Village.    Both groups then reunited after lunch to go to Philae Island together.  The village has come a long way since I first visited in 2000.  Now there is a lovely school and kindergarten there which we visited, the little kids were definiely better at the alphabet than we were, but we did ok with our teacher too lol!

We had tea and kirkadee in a Nubian House, got up close to the crocodiles (yes sadly caged ones), Melissa got a great henna tattoo and we walked through their market place which had a huge variety of handcrafts.  Saw two guys weaving scarves.  For me it was a lovely relaxing morning, nice weather to be on the Nile – we travelled there by motor boat.

After lunch we got our bus to the ferry landing in Aswan and then a boat again to cross to Philae – Temple of Isis, goddess of love.  After Seth murdered Osiris, the Goddess Isis fled to the island of Philae to give birth to Horus and there they stayed until he grew to be a man, old enough to avenge his father’s murder.

Photos tomorrow night as tomorrow we are flying Aswan to Cairo, going to visit Saqqara and then the Sufi Trance Dance tomorrow night – very busy people we are!

 

 

Mara

Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me and Mara House is NOT bookable via TripAdvisor nor any other online hotel website.Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara
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2 Comments

  1. Wendy Morris 21/02/2018 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Mara,
    Just to say thanks to you for this blog, which Chip, Sheri and I are enjoying, in anticipation of our forthcoming May trip with you.

    Cheers,

    Wendy Morris

     
    • Mara 22/02/2018 at 6:23 am

      Hi Guys,

      Really looking forward to meeting you here – the current group is very happy with what we are doing. I will be sad to say goodbye to them on the 25th – a lovely group of people and they are making this trip more like a personal holiday for me than work 🙂

       

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