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.
‘Pictures are worth a thousand words!’
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 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
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 Temple of Horus at Edfu
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?
Have you ever spent any holidays abroad? How did they turn out? :)
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