Day VI – Aswan & Day VII – Kom Ombo

28 Dec

 

DAY VI

Early the next morning, we got ready for breakfast and upon arriving at the restaurant was surprised to find this served to us. Does it look like your normal hotel, 70USD (90 SGD) (420EGP) per night breakfast? I guess not. What was even more disturbing was when i noticed Egyptians getting a totally differnt breakfast! Fried eggs with fuul! Uh, i cant believe it, differential treatment? I wonder if Egyptians pay lesser per night as well. We ate the heart pancake which was cold as a fish and didnt know what to eat the egg with. It is boiled unpeeled egg. Hubby ate it with cold arabic bread which was in a basket on every table.

I gestured to the waiter, or employee of the hotel to come towards us and i immediately let off steam. I was really pissed, more so because it is NOT a cheap hotel for our standards and Egyptian standard i think.  I’ve expereinced bed and breakfast of a hostel which is 5* better. I asked if this was all for our breakfast? He said yes. I asked if different people are given differnt breakfast?  and dont we have a choice then of what breakfast we get? I said he/she didnt ask what we wanted, just brought out this 2 plates of ‘breakfast’ and expected us to eat and leave with a smile. He left and the girl who brought our breakfast came out and had a questioning look on her face. I had to repeat myself and she went into the kitchen and came back out again and asked what do you want for breakfast and i asked what do they have. She said scrambled eggs and cheese and fuul? Soon enough our nicer breakfast came and i was too hungry by then to take any more photos but to eat.

Our tour guide came to meet us promptly at 11am to bring us to our cruise. M/s Nile Marquise II. The tour guide is a different story, he didnt know our iteniary and i had to call the fellow i paid the tour and cruise to and get a scolding from him. I think it was the way he spoke, fast and loud or something which made me want to cry. What is the point of the guide arranged by someone if i have to tell him my iteniary and pay for the felucca and give him tips??? I might as well pay them all myself and arrange for them myself! I get so depressed when i have to pay baksheesh unwillingly and feel pity for the driver or the felucca rider who actually is not paid except with the baksheesh(tips) we give them. I think that is what’s going on. Oh well! Lets just enjoy the cruise now, shall we 🙂 The we enjoyed was the food, entertainment at night, nice view on the deck, acting like rich tourists crusing along the nile.

   

Oh by the way, water is not served on board so everytime we go and eat, we would just not order any drink. After the meal, go back to the room and drink up our bottled water. Since we had to buy water, we walked around 2 km towards the nearest shop which turned out to be the train station we arrived at. We found water to be 2.50EGP there. Alhamdulilah. It was 3EGP near our Phile Hotel. Did i tell you about the shop owner in Aswan? We bought i bottle of water from him and he asked where we were from and then if we were muslims. He said, ” both muslim? take this, i give you ( fruittips sweet) because you muslim.”  That was a nice Aswan(ian) we met.

   

#1 A kindergarten or primary school we came across on the way

#2 A much much nicer cruise we found docking along the nile, Jamila (which means beautiful in Arabic).

  

#3 and #4 Our dinner the first night. Dinner is very grand, with a wide variety of deserts. There would be 3 to4 colourful mouth watering cakes, smaller pieces of cakes, fruit cakes, ecliars…( i shall stop or your mouth would start to water. There is always salad, bread and at least 4 buffet items for the main course.

    He came to the girls toilet to be with me 🙂 hehe i like the toilet! Nice tiles and sink..

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Day VII

We went to the Botanical Gardens a.k.a Kitchener’s Island, of Aswan. Yea the cruise did not sail till 1pm the second day on board. We went there by Felucca, yea again and baksheesh again!

                 

Wheen we returned to the room, we found this swan 🙂 I think they found out we were honeymooning because i requested for a double bed but all they could do was push the beds together. Uncle F teased us that it is at least better than on the sleeper train when one bed was on top of the other! Soon it was tea time and we went up onto the deck for some tea and cakes while the sun was setting on the other side and the cruise was pulling up to Kom Ombo temple.

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo.[1] Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods.[2] The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu.[2] Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder, along “with Tasenetnofret (the Good Sister, a special form of Hathor) and Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Lands).”[2] The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.

The temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) at the beginning of his reign and added to by other Ptolemys, most notably Ptolemy XIII (51-47 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. The scene on the inner face of the rear wall of the temple is of particular interest, and “probably represents a set of surgical instruments.”[2]

Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts who once used the temple as a church. All the temples buildings in the southern part of the plateau were cleared of debris and restored by Jacques de Morgan in 1893.[2]

A few of the three-hundred crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. (Source: Wikipedia)

                                   

We headed back the the cruise which started sailing to Edfu to arrive in the morning. While the cruise is sailing, we dont have TV for entertainment so there were some fun games played in the cruise.

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