Wednesday, February 24, 2010

55 / Travel Advisory

Here are a few notes on my travels in Egypt.

As those following along may remember, I began this trip in Hawaii, back in January, and while I didn't stay at the Outrigger Hotel on Waikiki, I have stayed there in the past, and loved it. Here in Luxor, I am staying at the Steigenberger Nile Palace (pictured), which does have a certain Outrigger feel to it. No beach, but it's right on the Nile, with boats galore, and lots of good restaurants. I recommend it!

Then there is Luxor itself. Again, I like it! For instance, it's not every city that has a convenient downtown Temple (pictured), dating from 1280, BC.

In Cairo, I went to the Egyptian Museum (no pictures allowed) which was thronged with people, and filled with the most amazing things. However, the materials were poorly displayed, for the most part, and the presentation didn't do justice to the treasures on show.

In Luxor, not far from the Luxor Temple, the Luxor Museum (pictures also not allowed) has fewer objects and fewer people, but the presentation of the materials is so well done that these treasures from Egypt's past truly come alive.

If you've read the book Loot (recommended), you will remember an opinion that is consistent with my own thought: the Luxor Museum is a "must see" the next time you're in Egypt!

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