From the Valley of Kings

This leg of our trip is spent in Egypt. Saturday evening finds us in Luxor, Egypt. We left Cairo this morning (3 am wake up call) and flew the short distance to this picturesque city famous because of it’s historical sites including The Valley of the Kings where King Tutankamen’s tomb lies alongside many others. In addition, there is the Temple of Luxor which was dedicated to three pagan gods and expanded over many years, including an addition by Alexander the Great.

I would love to write more about what we experienced but it’s very late here so tonight so, once again, I’ll have to let my pictures speak for themselves (with some limited explanation).

The following picture is of one of the street children (lots of them roam the streets) who had a pen full of pigeons. He was proud to pull one out to show us.

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A goat herder on the street where tour buses frequent.

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There were farmers everywhere and this is the way they travel, sharing the road with all sizes and shapes of motor vehicles, every animal imaginable and the occasional child. 33,500 people were killed last year after being hit by “something” (bus, motorcycle, car, cart, animal, etc.) on one of the very busy and narrow streets.

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Cheryl and I rode one of these big boys . . .Mickey as I recall. Another camera documented this fact and I’ll post the actual picture when I receive it. What a hoot! Quite a rodeo. We all agreed that this was the most fun we had on our trip.

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This is the Great Pyramid. I paid to go inside, up the stuffy passageways. Creepy feeling, to be sure, you wouldn’t want to spend any time in there if you were claustrophobic. It left me feeling that God has placed in man such industry and ingenuity. You can’t fit a dime between these hand hewn stones, all 2.5 million of them in this structure alone, weighing many tons each. And, no mortar at all was used. Interesting that they left evidence to explain how they moved the stones (surprise . . .these were not set in place by aliens!).

Most of the structures in this mystical land were either related to burial or worship, and many of them exalt false religion and man’s pride. One can envision the Tower of Babel taking shape as you see what man has done here. I asked myself why God treated the Tower of Babel situation so differently? It was a tribute to man’s pride on a global basis, I guess, where Ramses II, for instance, was an egomaniac with the power to act on it on an individual level. If anyone else has any thoughts about this, I’d love to hear them. There is a lot to learn about temptation and sin from the remains of those who walked before us.

Sorry to be brief; more dialogue later. There is a lot of raw material to work with; 283 pictures taken today alone!

Walking with God in the “BC” of history,
Diane