Nile Cruise-Edfu & Kom Ombo

 

M/S Emilio

On Monday, November 13 we checked in to our Nile Cruiser....the 72 cabin Domina Prestige M/S Emilio. The ship was very nice and our cabin was quite comfortable.
One of the really fascinating things about these ships is how they dock. Because of a shortage of dock space, the ships line up side by side and you have to walk through the other ships to get to the dock. Watching the captains manuever these ships is amazing.
After days of touring, we were looking forward to a few quiet days of sailing the Nile and watching the beautiful scenery.
We set sail from Luxor on Tuesday morning just as the sun was rising.

Horus Temple

On Wednesday, November 15 we docked at Edfu and took a horse drawn carriage ride with Hossam to Horus Temple. This is not only the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but the second largest after Karnak. It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth. There are numerous reliefs, including a depiction of the Feast of the Beautiful Meeting, the annual reunion between Horus and his wife Hathor. The reliefs spiritually connect this temple with Hathor’s Temple at the Dendera complex.
During the third month of summer (June-July), the priests at the Dendera complex would place the statue of Hathor on her barque (a ceremonial barge) and would bring the statue to the Edfu Temple, where it was believed that Horus and Hathor shared a conjugal visit. Each night, the god and goddess would retire to the mamissi, or birthing house.


Sobek Temple

We sailed on to Kom Ombo and visited Sobek Temple just as the sun was setting. This temple is unique because it is a double temple, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon-headed god. The layout combines two temples in one with each side having its own gateways and chapels. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries.
Sobek is associated with the wicked god Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the Horus myth the allies of Seth made their escape by changing themselves into crocodiles.

On Thursday, we docked in Aswan where we spent the night.
Our Nile cruise was coming to an end. At 2:45 in the morning we got our wake up call. We needed to be packed and in the lobby of the ship by 3:30 am to head off with our convoy to Abu Simbel.

Boat Vendors

At each docking point in the river, vendors would row out to the ships and try to sell their goods. Cotton Scarves and Galabeyas (Egyptian robes) wrapped in plastic bags would be thrown up to the top deck of the ship for passengers to look at. If you liked what you saw, negotiations on price would be shouted back and forth. The purchase would be concluded with the passenger throwing Egyptian pounds down to the vendor. It was a truly amazing site.