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Tuesday 7 February 2012 (1)

[2012]
[Monday 6 February 2012 (1), (2)]

The schedule for today was:
  • 04:00 Early morning sail to Qena
  • 07:30–09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Pick up for Dendarah Temple
  • 12:00 Sailing
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00–16:30 Tea time
  • 16:30 Towel folding demonstration on the sun deck
  • 19:00 Farewell cocktail party
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Oriental show in the lounge bar
We’d sailed to Qena. Originally we’d been told that we wouldn’t be going there in the boat because of low water levels in the Nile this time of year, but the level had turned out to be high enough.


07:44:15 Hazy morning sun

We went ashore, boarded our minibus parked in a dusty little square, and went off to Dendarah Temple. There was a haze, which we often found on this holiday, and it got pleasantly warm, not only-just-tolerably hot as yesterday.




09:20:37


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09:24:50 Ancient mud brick walls surrounding the temple complex itself, which is Ptolemaic


09:25:56 A structure off to the right


09:29:15


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Mehran trying out a sarcophagus for size — two photos taken by Margaret


09:31:15


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Two photos by Mehran


09:35:58

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09:36:46


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09:41:40 Entrance to the passageway up to the upper floor


09:42:20 Up flights of shallow steps


Photo by Mehran


09:43:02 A small window


Photo by Mehran


09:44:06 On the roof


09:46:30 Steps even further up (we didn’t go up to that level)


Photo by Mehran


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Photo by Mehran


09:54:10 Fire-blackened ceiling from when the temple was used as a dwelling


09:55:12


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09:57:36 Descending to the ground floor again




Two photos by Mehran


09:58:40


Photo by Mehran


10:00:02 Steps down to the crypt


Photo by Mehran, showing the very low entrance to the crypt. Because of restrictions in the use of arms and left hip and knee, I went through on my bum. Janet also went in, but the other women in our group didn’t.


10:01:06 Is that someone going out, or someone coming in backwards?


10:01:14


10:01:40


10:03:30

Back outside, Ahmed showed us the wall with Cleopatra VII portrayed, with her son by Marcus Antonius.

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I got a “card full” message when I attempted to photograph it, though. We also passed by the sacred pool, and got to the “Nilometer”. I deleted an earlier movie clip, and freed up memory to start snapping again.


10:14:58 The “Nilometer”


10:15:18 The rear wall, with lion-headed gargoyles


10:15:46


10:17:44 The interior of the now dried up sacred pool




Two photos by Mehran


10:19:34 Cleopatra and her son…


10:20:10 …mirrored at the other end of the wall — as typical of much Egyptian art


10:21:00 A nearby archaeological dig


10:24:02


10:24:56 Was it Drew who pointed out the intricacy of the detail on the bas relief?


10:25:12


10:25:46 Intricately detailed bas relief


Photo by Mehran — not the most welcome sight of our holiday!


Photo by Mehran


10:28:28 Mud brick outer wall from the inside…


10:31:30 …and from the outside


10:37:02 A laughing dove, which seemed to be the equivalent in Egypt of our collared dove


Large mosaic sculpture on a traffic island in Qena, viewed from the rear of our minibus — photo by Mehran

Back in the cabin — a lotus flower awaited us!


10:57:42

We met with Ahmed in the upstairs lounge.…

[Continued at Tuesday 7 February 2012 (2)]


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