Onboard the Dahabiya the days were fun filled and magical as we sailed slowly past rural towns, farms and fishing villages. The friendly and attentive crew could not do enough for us and we were treated each day to tasty and traditional creations made by three very enthusiastic chefs.
Food aboard the Princess Grace
Sunsets were made even more glorious as I sat on deck with a cocktail in hand, mesmerised by the passing scene. The clever cabin attendant surprised everybody on-board with his skill in folding towels into animals, the results of which greeted us each evening as we retired to our cabin for the night.
Abu Simbel is a must see! Just over half an hour’s flight from Aswan, this impressive monument built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC was the dazzling culmination of our Egyptian journey. The four gigantic statues of the pharaoh himself guard the outside of his beautifully preserved temple built into rock and positioned in full view of Lake Nasser.
It is said that Ramses II built the temple as a powerful reminder to the Nubian people of his greatness. Nearby he constructed a smaller temple in honour of his favourite and first Queen, Nefertari. In the 1960’s, the temples were threatened by flooding from the construction of the Aswan High Dam, so in a project that spanned almost four years they were carefully moved block by block 65 metres up and 200 metres back from the lake onto an artificial hill.
Hieroglyphs inside the Temple of Ramses
There is so much to love about Egypt, from its warm and friendly people to fantastic food and its glorious treasures. At no time did it feel unsafe travelling around this fascinating country so do yourself a favour and start planning your own journey now.