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|Statues at Karnak temple during Sound and Light
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|Workers in the street of Luxor. I shot this from the bus window. They are really just boys. Note that they are wearing long pants in the heat, and also sandals rather than the workboots that you might see in the U.S.
|Sign for one of the tombs we visited
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|Uncle Marwan invited to lunch at Le Pacha, a boat moored in Zamalek. It's a large boat with several restaurants. From left to right are Eric, Rabab, Nadia (Auntie Laila's sister), Guli (Rabab's mom), Rabab, Auntie Laila, and Uncle Marwan.
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|Sample weather report from the period we visited Egypt
|These are hieroglyphs typical of what appears on tomb walls. The vivid colors are all original; our guide said that restoration of colors is
(During this trip, photography was prohibited inside the tombs. I took this picture when
Rabab and I visited in 1993.)
|Sign depcting the layout of the tomb of Ramses III
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|Sign for King Tut's tomb. His name is usually rendered in English as Tutankhamun. Here it is Tut Ankh Amon. The name translates as "Living Image of Amun," a major god of the New Kingdom. The tomb contains Tut's mummy enclosed in a temperature- and humidity-controlled glass case.
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|Our tour guide brought us into this factory, where they make sculptures from alabaster, basalt, and other materials. The guide probably got a commission from anything we bought.
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|Approach to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut took over as pharoah when her husband (who was also her half brother) died. She affected an appearance of a man, including the ceremonial beard.
A horrible terrorist attack here in 1997 left 62 people dead. That event was a turning point for the Egyptian government's approach to internal terrorism. After that, there was a severe crackdown on terrorism with dramatically stepped-up security at airports and tourist sites.