In an news article in The Guardian yesterday it was announced that archaeologists have unveiled a restored statue of Amenhotep III which toppled in an earthquake more than 3000 years ago at Egypt’s “temple city”…Luxor.

Colossi of MemnonBarbara and I have visited the site on several occasions and apparently the statue has been erected at the northern gate of the king’s funerary temple, which already has twin statues of a seated Amenhotep III, known ans the Colossi of Memnon.

The article goes on to say that the 12.9 metre (43ft) statue of the pharaoh, whose reign archaeologists say marked the political and cultural zenith of ancient Egyptian civilisation, and who died about 1,354BC, was unveiled yesterday and stands west of an additional effigy of him erected this March.

Amenhotep III inherited an empire that stretched from the Euphrates to Sudan. The restored statue, showing him striding, wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt and holding a papyrus roll in each hand, weighs 10 tonnes.

You will be able to see the new statue as part of your Nile cruise itinerary when you visit the Valley Of The Kings.

 

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Nov 29 2013

Our El Gouna Holidays Website Redesign

Posted by Colin Maddocks in Nile Cruise Tags:

We’ve just had a complete redesign of our El Gouna Holidays website.

El Gouna Holidays

El Gouna is one of the best places to holiday on the Red Sea and is known as the “Venice of The Red Sea Riviera” as it is built on a series of lagoons.

It is one of Egypt’s premier kite-surfing hotspots and has an All Year Round 18 Hole Championship Golf Course as well as some superb hotels.

You can find out all about El Gouna and the great prices we can offer you by vsiting the new website at www.elgounaholidays4u.co.uk

 

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Late last week we were advised that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the FCO) had removed their advice against all but essential travel to Luxor which meant that Nile cruises were able to resume from the 2nd of December.

The Pyramids, Giza. Colin & Barbara November 2012.

Great!

Well yesterday we were notified that the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Cairo Governate and Greater Cairo including Giza 6th October City and the Giza Pyramids (which are part of the Giza Governate).

More great news!

So that means UK travellers can once again visit Cairo to experience visiting one of the last remaining Wonders of The World as well as the many, many other unforgettable experiences that a visit to Cairo includes.

As I’ve mentioned on our Nile Cruises 4u Facebook page we were actually in Egypt visiting Cairo, Luxor and Aswan this time last year and it was one of our most unforgettable visits to that wonderful country. We had the time of our lives in Cairo being guided by our friend Medo and I can really recommend that if you get the chance you should go there.

And now, thanks to the lifting of the FCO restrictions, you can.

 

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Nov 19 2013

Egyptian System of Writing

Posted by Colin Maddocks in Ancient Egypt, Nile Cruise Tags:
Hieroglyphs

Hieroglyphs

There are lots of really fascinating websites about Egypt and particularly Ancient Egypt that I subscribe to and read as often as possible.

One of them is “Egypt IM” which is full of information and fascinating facts. There are also some things that I’m not as interested in but I can skip those easily.

If you subscribe to their email newsletter you will receive details of the latest posts and the latest questions that people from all around the world have asked.

Now you might think “what’s this got to do with taking a Nile cruise?“.

Well, I think it  can only add to the enjoyment that you’ll get from you cruise when you finally arrive in Egypt.

To give you a taste here’s the latest question and answer I received this morning which was about the writing systems of the Ancient Egyptians:

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Question by : What are the three systems of writing used by the ancient egyptians?

I have to write a report describing the three systems of writing used by the Ancient Egyptians and how they differ.  Please help and dumb it down a little please!
I’m not in college so dont get too technical. Read the rest of this entry »

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I saw this short article in the Guardian last week and thought “what a fantastic thing to do”. To walk the length of the River Nile from it’s source through 6 different countries, (maybe 7 if he walks through Burundi).

31 year old Levison Wood will start in Rwanda on December 1st and will walk through Tanzania, Uganda, South Suda, Sudan and finally Egypt, some 4,250 mile in total. Hopefully, if he keeps to his schedule, all done within one year.

Wow! Fancy being able to dedicate a full year to such a wonderful experience. And we wonder sometimes how we can take a week off for a break.

Levison Wood, Nile explorer

On occasions he will have to change which side of the Nile he walks…“depending which side of the river he takes – some of which have been riven by civil unrest and war”.  And even that must be a bit of a challenge.

I watched the Joanna Lumley TV documentary in which she traced the source of the Nile all the way down to Rwanda. That was obviously done in a little more comfort and a lot more quickly but even that mini-expedition took her though some uncomfortable and inhospitable areas so to do it all on foot is an amazing thing to try.

You can read the whole article on the Guardian website:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/14/briton-to-walk-length-of-the-nile

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