05/06/2011 103 °F
I don’t think I slept at all last night. Train was a bit noisy. Timothy and I are awake and ready by 5:00 a.m. Breakfast is another exciting culinary adventure: after a sleepless night, it’s just what I need to put me to sleep: bread, bread, and more bread. The problem is I have no place to sleep until we board our boat about 3:30 this afternoon.
Fortunately there is a “left luggage” office where we can stow our luggage until it’s time to meet the host for our cruise.
We agree to find some breakfast where we can get some protein; eggs would be good – we need the energy. We have about seven hours to kill before we need to show up at the Iberhotel here in Luxor. What to do? Luxor Temple is across the street so that will be our first stop.
Here's Timothy enjoying one of his favorite pastimes this morning: sitting in the shade.
Next stop is someplace with air conditioning and the Luxor Museum fits the bill. The Luxor Museum has some very nice pieces in their collection but no cameras allowed. One of the administrative staff (?) at the museum is casually carrying an Uzi machine gun as he goes about his business at the museum. He’s not dressed as tourist police or military police – he’s wearing a yellow button down shirt, linen trousers and dress shoes. Not going to take a chance on being caught with my camera out in this museum.
Ah, finally! We head to the hotel to meet the rest of our party for the cruise. We have a little lunch and lucky for us everyone shows up early. We pile in the van and take off for Esna, which is about 45 minutes south of Luxor. I discover the reason we don’t board the boat in Luxor: there is a series of locks in Esna and it takes too much time for the boat to pass through the locks especially when there are a lot of the tourist boats and ships lining up to pass through to Aswan.