ASWAN – Philae Temple, Road Trip, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
After our visit to Abu Simbel Temple we flew back to Aswan. The flight actually departed early. We were taken to our hotel, the Mövenpick on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile.
The next day we visited the Philae Temple. It had been moved from where it was flooded to an island in the lake above the lower dam. After that,we saw the “unfinished obelisk”. We were supposed to go on a felucca ride, but less than a minute into our boat ride a sudden sandstorm came along.
The next morning, the sandstorm had died down, and we drove to Luxor, with stops at Kom Ombo and Edfu temples.
THE UNFINISHED OBELISK
Queen Hapshepsut was planning to erect the largest obelisk in Egypt – unfortunately, the rock cracked during the quarrying and the project was abandoned. The outcrop of granite is now located inside the city.
MÖVENPICK ELEPHANTINE in ASWAN
Our hotel was excellent – certainly deserved its 5-star reputation.
We saw the sky was dark in the north as we set out on our felluca ride; however, it was so calm that the tour organizers were forced to substitute a motorboat ride. We only were a minute away from the dock before the waves came up and we quickly headed back to shore. The winds blew all night – fine sand was seeping into the room through the sliding balcony doors (not much, just around the carpet). The brihtly lit palm trees just across the river were not visible for several hours. We were told the tour boats did not depart that night due to high winds (which gave us a head start to Kom Ombo and Edfu!).