Jon Seddon's Photos - Egypt

With my house mate I spent three weeks over New Year 2008/9 travelling around Egypt. It wasn't cold, but neither was it warm. I did get a bit 'templed' and 'ruined' out by the end of the trip, but chilling in Dahab on the Sinai peninsula was a good antidote. The constant haggling did get a bit wearisome towards the end too, but the views were spectacular and it was a memorable first trip to Africa.

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The Sphinx and the pyramids at Giza, Cairo. A side view of the Sphinx. A close up of one of the three main pyramids. Me at the bottom of one of the main pyramids - it is truely huge and all the blocks are huge too! Another shot of one of the main pyramids, and a camel ride in front of it. Some of the older small pyramids, including a step one. One of the older pyramids and one of the main ones, where you can see how it was originally covered with an additional smooth layer. Me admiring the view. The straw huts that we stayed in at the camp in Bawiti in Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert. Should have taken the towels in before taking the photo - oops. More huts at the camp in Bawiti. Waiting for the dessert safari to leave 'early' in the morning. A sand dune slowly making its way across the black desert. It was loads of fun running down it. Running down a dune in the western dessert. A crazy feature in the black desert - is it a volcanic plug? Pretty views as we descended down into the White Desert. Stretching and soaking up the sun as we headed down into the White Desert. Why are all the deserts that I've been to absolutely freezing? Pretty colours and rocks at sunset in the White Desert. Waking up in the White Desert to a ready made breakfast. The camel hair blankets were amazing and kept me roasty-toasty warm. Some of the funky rock features in the White Desert. Sunset and rubbish in the desert at the services on the road from Bahariya Oasis back to Cairo. Feluccas sailing on the Nile seen from our hotel room window in Aswan. Feluccas sailing on the Nile seen from our hotel room window in Aswan. Feluccas and cruise ships on the Nile in Aswan at sunset. A felucca seen from Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile in Aswan. Fields on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile in Aswan seen from the roof of the Nubian museum. Baby crocodiles in a bucket at the Nubian museum on Elephantine Island in the Nile in Aswan. The clew of the sail on the felucca we sailed down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor on. The bow, mast and beer store (unfortunately not a chiller) on the felucca we sailed down the Nile on. Sunset on the first day of our trip down the Nile on a felucca. The green banks, and calm wind towards the end of our first day sailing down the Nile on a felucca. Another felucca heading down the Nile at the end of our first day on the Nile. The shadow from my dreadlocks on the foredeck of the felucca. Me looking out from the felucca as we gently sailed down the Nile. There was a small amount of green life on either bank but then the desert resumed. It was pretty chilly until after midday! Another felucca without guests on returning downwind, but upstream to Aswan. We were moored to the eastern bank eating lunch at the time. Posh dahabiyyas sailing along the Nile. These are traditional and a complete contrast to the mega-ugly massive cruise ships that also travel between Aswan and Luxor. Pretty colours at sunset on the end of our second day on the felucca. The entrance to Edfu temple, which we saw when we got off the felucca to finish the trip to Luxor. Hieroglyphs at Edfu temple. An obelisk at Luxor Temple. Alice in the Avenue of Sphinxes at Luxor Temple. The Avenue of the Sphinxes at Luxor Temple. Originally there were Sphinxes all the way to Karnak Temple, 3 km away. Hieroglyphs on the obelisk at the entrance to Luxor Temple. The sun setting through columns at Luxor Temple. Pretty colours on columns at Luxor Temple at sunset. Hieroglyphs on a block of stone at Luxor Temple. Originally, it used to be in pretty colours. The steep climb up to the tomb of Tuthmosis III in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor. You can't take photos inside of the tombs. This was the most well hidden of all the tombs in the Valley. Me with the Valley of the Kings in the background. The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri seen from the top of the hill as we walked over from the Valley of the Kings. A statue at the Temple of Hatshepsut on the west bank at Luxor. An elaborate door at the Temple of Hatshepsut on the west bank at Luxor. A sign that you don't see very often. Taken at Dahab on the Sinai peninsula. Sunrise seen from the top of Mount Sinai. Me, cold and tired, on the summit of Mount Sinai watching the sun rise. Early morning mist seen from Mount Sinai. Another early morning shot from the top of Mount Sinai. Yet another early morning shot from the top of Mount Sinai. A cold Giffen on top of Mount Sinai after sunrise. The descent from watching the sun rise from the top of Mount Sinai. A camel admiring the view during the descent from Mount Sinai. Nuns on camels! The pretty sea front in Dahab. Mosques around the Citadel in Cairo on our way home.

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