Felucca, Sailing, Egypt, Luxor, Aswan, Travel

Christmas in Egypt

In December 2012 we packed our bags and set out for an adventure throughout Egypt and Jordan. We traveled for three weeks which included Christmas and New Years. Though, we didn’t anticipate celebrating Christmas as it would traditionally be celebrated back home in North America… come to think of it, I am not sure if I even saw one Christmas tree while we were in these countries.

Without planning it I realized we were going to be spending Christmas Eve sailing from Aswan to Luxor on a Felucca (sailboat) and sleeping under the stars on the Nile River. It was a truly gorgeous experience… If I am not convincing enough, take a look at some picture I took of our journey.

They say,

‘Pictures are worth a thousand words!’

Christmas Eve

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These little guys, in their wooden motor-less boats, paddled their way to the sides of our boat and serenaded us in hopes of baksheesh (tip).

Sailing was an extremely enjoyable way to travel, it was only my second time sailing but I would love to go again!

Sailing was an extremely enjoyable way to travel, it was only my second time sailing but I would love to go again!

Our group split in two, Felucca's tend to only hold 10 people per boat.

Our group split in two, Felucca’s tend to only hold 10 people per boat.

Sailing made me feel as if I was in my own little world just watching the amazing views pass by while capturing them with my camera for future cherished memories.

Sailing made me feel as if I was in my own little world just watching the amazing views pass by while capturing them with my camera for future cherished memories.

As the sun was starting to set we anchored in for the night near another, much larger, boat. The other boat, which we called the Mother boat, was where we had a homemade dinner together as a group. We listened to music during dinner and shared stories, it was as good as it gets for a Christmas Eve without family by your side!

I made sure to step away from the group after dinner and give my family back home a quick call from the deck of a boat on the Nile, not something you get the chance to do normally! :)

Christmas Day

Christmas day we woke up after our sleep under the stars, crossed the river and started traveling by bus to the city Luxor. Instead of driving straight to Luxor we made a couple stops; we visited the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Both temples were very impressive, Kom Ombo had a mummified crocodile museum right beside the temple which was a great experience to see.

Kom Ombo Temple

KomOmbo

Kom Ombo was a gorgeous temple with plenty, well preserved, hieroglyphics.

A 'must see' temple in Egypt.

A ‘must see’ temple in Egypt.

Kom Ombo Temple has an amazingly preserved ancient Egyptian Calendar.

Kom Ombo Temple has an amazingly preserved ancient Egyptian Calendar.

Kom Ombo Crocodile Museum

It is well worth it to venture inside the crocodile museum at Kom Ombo. The museum contains around 22 crocodile mummies, along with coffins, crocodile eggs and baby crocodiles.

The mummified crocodiles have be laid on sand to mimic how living crocodiles lay on the banks of the Nile.

The mummified crocodiles have be laid on sand to mimic how living crocodiles lay on the banks of the Nile.

Small crocodile foetus's are on display in the museum as well.

Small crocodile foetus’s are on display in the museum as well.

Mummy-wrapped Crocodiles

Mummy-wrapped Crocodiles

The Temple of Horus at Edfu

Temple of Horus | That little spec in the bottom middle is me.. just for size reference.

Temple of Horus | That little spec in the bottom middle is me.. just for size reference.

The temple's hieroglyphics depict many stories of Horus' vengeance against Seth, who murdered his father Osiris.

The temple’s hieroglyphics depict many stories of Horus’ vengeance against Seth, who murdered his father Osiris.

In the temple is a sanctuary where a granite shrine of Nectanebo II is housed (back). It's possible there was a statue of Horus placed in it. Sacred boat of the Falcon God, Horus (front).

In the temple is a sanctuary where a granite shrine of Nectanebo II is housed (back). It’s possible there was a statue of Horus placed in it. Sacred boat of the Falcon God, Horus (front).

 Luxor Temple

We arrived in Luxor and spent the day touring around the town, eventually settling into a fast food restaurant with decent WIFI connection. :P On our walk back to our hotel we had to stop and take some photos of Luxor Temple, it was my first time seeing a Egyptian temple lit up at night. I must say it’s absolutely stunning, think so?

We had the pleasure of sleeping right next to Luxor Temple in our hotel.

We had the pleasure of sleeping right next to Luxor Temple in our hotel.

This temple was dedicated to the sun god, Ka. As well, to a special form of Amun as a fertility God.

This temple was dedicated to the sun god, Ka. As well, to a special form of Amun as a fertility God.

Luxor Temple was built during the New Kingdom in Egypt.

Luxor Temple was built during the New Kingdom in Egypt.

 

Have you ever spent any holidays abroad? How did they turn out? :)

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4 Responses to “Christmas in Egypt”

  1. Alberto Donaldo March 19, 2015 at 2:27 am #

    Indeed you’ve an awesome and thrilling adventure Dawn..I envy you. So young and so adventurous.
    Nice sharing thanks.

    • dawnkealing March 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Thank you so much Alberto, I hope you get the chance to explore our beautiful earth. There’s truly so much to see, I’m glad you enjoy my blog!

  2. Nikoleta Míchalová August 25, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    It must be so weird spending Christmas time in a tropic country without snow! But I loved your post anyways and hope to do it once myself :P
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    • Dawn Kealing August 25, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      Actually, I was more-so excited to be away from the -30 degrees Celsius winter at home, hehe. ^_^ Though, it did snow in Egypt after we had left (for the first time in 112 years! :O) and the day we left Jordan it snowed there as well. I feel bad for bringing the snow from home. :P

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