Our 5th Day of Holiday Part 1
Philae, Aswan, Obelisk, Souk and Nubian Village
Today waking is again at 6:30. To the breakfast around half eight with the bus to the temple of Isis, the Philae Temple, which lies on an island in the Nassr lake. It was relocated from its old place, which shifts island Philae, on this island, since otherwise it would have been accessible for divers only. Thus all into a motorboat and to the Philae temple. Here the first advantage of early rising shows up. Only one bus arrived before us there and it is not yet very hot.
Back from the island it continues. The Aswan dam is the next item on the agenda, an enormous building, which is not to be seized with the camera.
The dam was finished in 1971, is approximately 3.6 km long, 111 m high, at the sole 960 m thick and tapers on 40 m at the crown. It consists of a rubble fill of RD. 43 billion m³ from rubble, crushed stone and sand with a loam seal core and a concrete coat. It forms the conclusion of the Nassr lake, for that with a length of RD. 510 km and width of 5 - 35 km and a surface of 5.300 m² the second largest artificial lake of the world is.
Next part is an Egyptian "perfume factory". The sales show may start. Smells with the maddest Fantasynames were offered. "Ali Baba is the raw material for Hugo Boss...". Everybody gets 4 smelling oils on the hand for trying out. Of cause, pure Essences. I know these oils from Saudi Arabia, there was substantially high-viscosity, correct oils and the smell kept substantially longer. Here fortunately not. At the end of the meeting it smelled after "Tibetani corpse oil". Three or four co-travelers fall nevertheless mad and buy something. The pictures show a small selection of the flacons, which are also sold.
Outside in front of the door stands already again a hawker, who offers his bookmarks from "genuine papyrus", only 10 LE for one. He has, like so many different too, no luck.
It continues to go into the quarry with the unfinished obelisk. Meanwhile one determines something miss, if at an object of interest no Souk with Touristarticles and hawkers with all possible "Egyptian" statues, papyrus pictures and bookmark, screaming music instruments, Galabeias and cloths were.
The unfinished obelisk would have been the largest obelisk ever provided, 41.45 m high, thatīs approximately one twelve-storey building, and 1,168 tons of weight. During the treatment however tears showed up in the rose granite, therefore the work was broken off.
As the obelisk is also still not finalized, nobody knows, for which temple it was intended at that time.
September 12, 2002 - Flying to Luxor, our Boat and und Trip by Curricle Through Luxor
September 13, 2002 - Stones, Sand and Grafitti
September 14, 2002 - Karnak und Luxor
September 15, 2002 - Edfu, Kom Ombo, Scenery at Nile and Galabeiaparty
September 17, 2002 - Tanjas Birthday, Abu Simbel, Kitchenerīs Island
September 18, 2002 - Our seventh day - Traveling back to Luxor
September 19, 2002 - From Luxor to El Gouna
September 20, 2002 - Relaxing in the Hotel
September 21, 2002 - Snorkeling in the Red Sea
September 22, 2002 - Deserttour
September 23, 2002 - The Yellow Submarine
September 24 and 25, 2002 - Our last two days in Egypt
September 26, 2002 - Return journey with obstacles