We set off for our trip to Egypt in 2007 on November 30th going to Paris by train, staying overnight in a hotel at the airport ready to catch the plane to Luxor in the morning. We finally arrived and were taken to our cruise boat on the Nile, arriving just in time for dinner followed by a talk by the guides about what we would be seeing during our week on board.
We were woken very early the next day in time for a quick breakfast and then on to our coach to start our day of sightseeing at 6 am! The sun was just rising as well as a group of hot air balloons taking off nearby. I drew this as we sat in the coach waiting to set off.
Our first port of call was the Colossus of Memnon and we were staggered at the size of these giant figures, that really is a man standing in front of it to show the scale!
Then we were back in the coach and on to the temple of Ramses II . Our group was named the Crocodiles and led by a charming Egyptian called Tarek. Because we had booked the holiday in France through a local travel agent, the tour company and all the other passengers were French. naturally they were quite curious about why we English people would be on a French guided holiday.
Tarek took care to speak clearly and slowly enough so that we could understand his explanations of the histories of the amazing places we saw. We met many interesting people and especially the group on our table in the dining room, some of whom I kept in touch with for a while after our return.