Egypt: The Hotel Habou

The Hotel Habou: the Valley of the Dead

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An enjoyable light show was presented at Karnak, now it was time to cross the Nile to our quarters for the evening, approached the river, we could see  our ferry boat, a scene straight out of the AFRICAN QUEEN. I expected Humphrey Bogart to be the pilot. Five Americans on a boat load of Egyptians, not quite what I expected, it was quite a shock for the farm boy from the Midwest.

Hotel Habou3
Even more shocking, when reaching the other side of the river, a small compact car awaited us, how are we going to get six people and our luggage in this thing? Oh well it’s on to the mansion and my butler.

As we approached the hotel, I realized there would be no butler. It was a youth hostel, and not a very good one at that. We were to split up, boy ,girl, and me being odd man out was to spend the evening with a nice young bloke from the mother country. That’s fine, opening the door to our room I discovered my bed, a sway backed cot with a large cat lying smack dap  in the middle of it. The cat immediately beat a hasty retreat out the door, so much for the cat!.
The owner wired the shutters shut, there would be no more cat that evening.

The next morning I beat a hasty retreat to the co-ed bathroom for a much deserved shave. Oops, the pipe coming out of the wall into the lavatory isn’t long enough, when the water is turned on it runs on the floor instead of into the sink, guess I’ll wait until I get back to Cairo for my shave, it’s only been four days.
breakfast Hotel Habou (1)
As we enjoyed a nice breakfast on the back deck , I realized this was pretty cool, now, whenever I think of Egypt, my night spent at the Hotel Habou always comes to mind. The hospitality and warmth shown by the Egyptian people made all the hardships worthwhile.

The rest of the group that had stayed overnight in Luxor soon caught up with us and we enjoyed the day visiting the Valley of the Dead, the Valley of the Kings and Queens, King Tut’s tomb, and many other attractions.

Stopping back at the hotel Habou for dinner, the rest of the group couldn’t believe we stayed in such a place until we told them where the bathroom was, they realized we couldn’t have known that if we hadn’t stayed there.
After dinner, it was back to the train station in Luxor for the ride back to Cairo.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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land of the pharaoh

Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Many Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt, almost ten thousand years ago. Most are still using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land
As I viewed the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples, it seemed to me their civilization had digressed over time. You can’t help but wonder how the same peoples that built the pyramids, today can only build rudimentary mud huts. Homes built over 1500 years ago are like the ones constructed today.
Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza. Of the nearly 70 pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be over 5,000 years old, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends.
Many legends and speculation in Egyptian mythology surround the pyramids. Why were they built, and how were they built? They have been described as burial tombs for the pharaohs, and giant observatories. Speculation also exists they were ceremonial sites where the ancients performed secret rituals.


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