Luxor

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The Temple of Luxor. The work of 3 pharaohs.

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Sphinx alley in front of the Temple of Luxor

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The rooftop of our last hotel in Luxor, Egypt 🙂

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Clearly I’m not amused. My donkey kept stopping to eat! But it was funny lol

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Heading to the the Valley of the Kings. The Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. King Tut’s mummy is here too!

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Omg. The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. It was hard to remember the name of the temple or who it was named after so my tour guide said it sounded like hot chicken soup..

Hatshepsut was the half-sister and wife of Tuthmose II (who died after only a few years on the throne). Hatshepsut’s nephew and stepson, Tuthmose III, was in line for the throne of Egypt, but he was still young, and so Hatshepsut took over. My tour guide also said that she locked him up and hid him from the public. Not only did she take over for him, she pretended to be him. You will see from the statues that they look manly.
Maatkare Hatshepsut or Hatchepsut (late 16th century BC – c. 1482 BC) was the fifth Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by modern Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, ruling longer than any female ruler of an indigenous dynasty.

Upon Hatshepsut’s death in c. 1458 b.c., her stepson, then likely still in his early 20s, finally ascended to the throne. Thutmose III had developed “a loathing for Hatshepsut…her name and her very memory which practically beggars description.” The destruction of her monuments, carried out with such apparent fury, was almost universally interpreted as an act of long-awaited and bitter revenge on the part of Thutmose III

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Love my McDonalds :S Egyptians love their McDonalds too! Apparantly they’re a huge fan of chicken from here and KFC 🙂

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