We visited the West Bank of Luxor today! Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. We ended the day by getting a delicious dinner a restaurant overlooking the Luxor Temple (a place we’ll tour tomorrow). It was a long, long, very hot day, but we saw a lot. We went into three tombs in each of the valleys, and I was struck by the difference in artistry between them. You can tell stylistic differences. It was also cool to see old Coptic Christian writing on the walls in some of the tombs from where the Christians came along, thousands of years after the Egyptians, and hid from the Romans there.
This area of Egypt is nearly empty. Their busy season is NOT the summer, because of the heat, so we basically get to see all of the sites by ourselves. This is nice, but we definitely understand why no one else is here! It is so so hot! We drink 3 liters of water or so a day, but hardly ever pee or sweat. This is because the sweat evaporates as fast as your body makes it. It’s really bizarre, but kind of nice. “Dry” heat makes a difference.
P.S. Sherin wants to note that she "won" an "awesome" macaroni-style necklace at one of the stores we stopped at today. I'm convinced that the guy made up the contest so that he could win her something.