Sunday, 19 November 2017

Local Life in Luxor

I just went out for a pottle on my mobility scooter in the village. First I went to the family to visit, it is so lovely when the kids see the scooter and run out yelling Jane, Jane. The date palm next to the house was being cut. They use these young branches to weave furniture, chairs, beds etc. The boy climbing the tree had no safety equipment. He just ran up there with a loop of loose rope which he would hitch up the trunk. Once up he dispensed with that and just hung on. I don’t look, it scares the willies out of me. Trundling along loads of people were saying hello, everyone seemed to be out. The weather is so pleasant. Just dropped below 30 and the nights are a bit chilly 15 now. In the sun it was quite warm.

I bought some peanuts, bananas, crisps and a drink. All without leaving my scooter, the shop keepers came out and served me. Only in Egypt.

Down at the Nile there is a medical clinic that is open, free to everyone, until Wednesday. It is sponsored by Vodaphone and from a private university hospital in 6th Oct a district of Cairo. I had a chat with one of the doctors. They are doing operations like hernias, c-sections, carpal tunnel for poor people. We had a chat about my back and he agreed, don’t let anyone touch your spine until you cant sit or are in continual pain.

They were also giving away free books for the childrem

Coming back a woman lowered a basket from her balcony to pass a dish to her friend, a traditional way of buying things from the street.  Although I love the history of Luxor it is also a joy to experience everyday life in the village

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Campaign to renovate Hassan Fathy Village in Luxor

UNESCO, the American University in Cairo and Luxor’s governor teamed up together to bring Hassan Fathy Village in Luxor to life again after years of destruction from erosion. 


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Last minute Christmas holidays

Last minute Christmas holidays at, stay in the heart of historic Luxor in a sunny apartment with views of the sites. We have vacancies for Christmas and there are direct flights from Heathrow to Luxor with EgyptAir.
Within a short distance of all the historic sites, Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamen, Karnak, Hatshepsut. Local life and culture and the option for catered meals in your flat with fabulous views.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Egypt tourism ministry increases incentives for international charter flights to several Egyptian cities

Egypt’s tourism ministry has approved an increase in incentives for charter airlines for every flight carrying a certain number of passengers on international flights coming to Luxor, Aswan, Marsa Matrouh, Taba, and Alamein, deputy tourism minister Adla Ragab told Al-Shorouk Tuesday. The minister said that the incentive has been increased to $3,000 from $2,000 per flight provided each plane is carrying a minimum number of passengers.
The announcement came on the sidelines of the international travel trade show World Travel Market in London, which is running until Wednesday.......

Monday, 6 November 2017

Valley of the Kings update

From Facebook, the guide Mohamed A Fahmy reports

Valley of the kings update:
Tutmosess III is closed from today for renovation
Ramesses III tomb is opened again
Photo/Video ticket is available at the kv tickets office

Thank you Mohamed 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Big discovery at the pyramids

'Big void' identified in Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza

It is not known why the cavity exists or indeed if it holds anything of value because it is not obviously accessible.
Japanese and French scientists made the announcement after two years of study at the famous pyramid complex.
They have been using a technique called muography, which can sense density changes inside large rock structures........................

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Coptic tombstone unearthed at Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor


Egyptian archaeologists in Luxor have stumbled upon a decorative Coptic tombstone buried on the eastern side of the Sphinxes Avenue, under Al-Mathan Bridge.
The tombstone is carved of limestone and decorated with a cross and Coptic texts, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Disabled Luxor????

Over the past weeks, Luxor started paving all the roads and routes to welcome and receive tourists, equipping the temples with all services and supporting visitors with special needs.

I am crossing my fingers and toes but this sentence seems to indicate my campaign is having an effect. I had not heard a thing but I am hoping all the information I having been pouring into peoples ears, like the governor, might have been listened too. Can you let me know if you see results and send a picture?

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Nile Magazine publishes Accessible Egypt

Two steps forward with this great article but one step back with no progress from Helm or the Ministry. So frustrating, hopefully this might make a difference.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

New Ticket Prices 1st November 2017

Ticket prices for Egyptians went up 1st October but ticket prices for foreigners go up 1st November thanks to Hussein Omar and Mohamed A Fahmy for confirming that. I have not got all the prices but this is my best guess. Especial thanks to Mohamed for going through them and correcting my errors where he could

I just phoned Ahmed Khalifa at the Luxor Pass office and he said there is no change to the Luxor Pass

Just received this flyer in Arabic via EEF

Current  Nov-17  Student
Site Old  New
Abydos Road Abydos   40 80
Abydos Road Dendera Temple    40 80
Alexandra Catacombs (Kom Al Shokafa) 40 60
Alexandra Bibloteca Of Alexandria 70 120
Alexandra  Montazah Garden 7 15
Alexandra  Pompay's Pillar 30 60 30
Alexandra  Roman Museum 40 60 Closed
Alexandra National Museum 80
Alexandra  Roman Theatre 50 80 40
Alexandra Qaitbay Citadel Day 30 40 20
Alexandra Qaitbay Citadel Night 50 25
Alexandra Birds’ Villa At Kom El Dekka  20
Alexandra Catacombs (Kom El Shokafa)  40 60
Alexandra El Anfoushy Archaeological Site  25 40
Alexandra El Shatby Site  24 40
Assuit El Hamameya  30 - 15  40 20
Assuit Meir Tomb  30 40 20
Aswan  High Dam 30 ? not confirmed yet as the high dam as it belongs to a different ministry 
Aswan  Philae Temple  60 100
Aswan  Sound and Light Philae Temple  75 150
Aswan  Unfinished Obelisque 40 60
Aswan Abu Simbel 115 160
Aswan Special Sunrise Feb Oct 240
Aswan Aswan Museum  40 80
Aswan Botanical Garden of Kitchener 10 not confirmed yet as the high dam as it belongs to a different ministry 
Aswan Nubian Art Museum  ?60 100 50
Aswan Temple Of Kalabsha  ?45 60
Aswan Unfinished Obelisk  40 80
Aswan El Sebouaa Area< 50 70
Aswan Princes Tombs  40 60
Aswan  Anba Samaan Monastery  ?30 40
Aswan Road Edfu Temple  60 100
Aswan Road El Kab Tombs  40 60
Aswan Road Esna Temple  30 40
Aswan Road Gebel Silsila Temple Of Hor-Moheb  30 40
Aswan Road Kom Ombo Temple And Crocodiles Museum  40 80
Aswan Road Moalla El Mamela Tomb At Esna  20 40
Aswan Road Tod Temple El Towed Temple  30 40
Bubastis Tel Basta Archaeological Site  30 60
Cairo  Coptic Museum 60 100 50
Cairo Abu Seir Pyramids  60-30 st 80 40
Cairo Citadel Mahka  30- 15 st 40 20
Cairo Citadel Of Saladin In Cairo  60 100 50
Cairo Dahshur Pyramid  40 80
Cairo Gayer Anderson Museum  40-20 st  60 30
Cairo Meidoum Pyramid  40- 20 st  60 30
Cairo Tree Of The Virgin At Matareyah  20 40 20
Cairo Coptic Museum  60 100
Cairo El Harawy House  15 30
Cairo Fostat City  10 20
Cairo Islamic Art Museum  50 100
Cairo Manial Palace Museum  100 100
Cairo Nilometer At Rodah Island  15 20
Cairo Giza  Sound and Light at Pyramids 75 150  175 VIP
Cairo Giza Giza Pyramids Archeological Site  80 120
Cairo Giza Giza great pyramid+ pyramids archeological area+ solar boat 400 200
Cairo Giza Great Pyramid  200 300 150
Cairo Giza Mencaura Pyramid (rd Pyramid)  40 80
Cairo Giza Second Pyramid  40 80
Cairo Giza Solar Boat Museum  50 80
Cairo Museum Egyptian Museum  75 120
Cairo Museum Mummy Room  100 150
Cairo Sakkara  Memphis 40 80
Cairo Sakkara Causeway Of Unas Pyramid  5
Cairo Sakkara Horemheb, Maya, OK tombs 30 50 25
Cairo Sakkara Imhotep Museum 30
Cairo Sakkara Mereuka 50 80
Cairo Sakkara New Tombs At Sakkara  40 80
Cairo Sakkara Princes 40 80
Cairo Sakkara Sakkara Archaeological Site  80 120
Cairo Sakkara Serapium 100 160
Citadel cairo Beir Yousef  ?30 40
Dakhla Oasis  Deir El Hagar Temple  30 40
Dakhla Oasis  Doush Temple   30 40 20
Dakhla Oasis  Ein Aseil  ?30 40
Dakhla Oasis  Ezbet Bashandy  ?30 40
El Kharga El Ghoueita  ?30 40
Fayum El Lahoun Pyramid  40 60
Fayum Hawara Pyramid  40 60
Fayum Karaneis Area  40 60
Fayum Karoun Temple  40 60
Fayum Kom Osheim Museum At Fayoum  20 40
Kharga Oasis El Zayan Temple  ?30 40
Luxor Assasif Tomb  40 60
Luxor Ay Tomb  30 40
Luxor Benji, Khonsu, Userhet 30 40
Luxor Carter House 50 80
Luxor Colossus free  free
Luxor Deir El Bahary Temple  50 80
Luxor Deir El Medina Tombs  40 80
Luxor Isis Temple 40 80
Luxor Karnak Temples  80 120
Luxor Khokha El Khoukha Area  30 40
Luxor Luxor Museum  100 160
Luxor Luxor Temple  60 100
Luxor Medinet Habu Temple  40 60
Luxor Menna And Nakht  30 60
Luxor Merenptah Temple  20 40
Luxor Mut Temple 40 80
Luxor Mummification Museum At Luxor  60 80
Luxor Open Air Museum At Karnak  40 80
Luxor Pabasa Babaza Tomb  30 40
Luxor Pashedu  30 40
Luxor Qurnet Marie 40 40
Luxor Rameses Vi At Valley Of Kings  50 90
Luxor Ramesseum Temple  40 60
Luxor Ramouze Tomb  40 60
Luxor Roy & Sheroy  20 40
Luxor Sennefer & Rekhmire 30 40
Luxor Seti I Temple Of Seti The First  30 60
Luxor Seti Tomb 1000 1000
Luxor Taftaf  4 4
Luxor Tomb Of Nefertari 1000 1000
Luxor Tutankhamun  100 200
Luxor User Hat , Khonsu & Benya  40 80
Luxor Valley Of The Kings  100 160
Luxor Valley Of The Queens  50 80
Luxor Elwet Abd El Gorna  ?30 40
Minya Akhenaton Tomb  30 - 15st  40 - 20 st
Minya Beni Hassan Tombs  40 60
Minya Beni Soueif Museum  20 40
Minya Freizar Tomb  30 40 20
Minya Tel El Amarna  40 60
Minya Tona El Gebel & Ashmounin  30 60 30
Minya Malawy Museum  20 40
Mo'az street Ashraf Barespay School (Medressah)  10 20
Mo'az street Bashtak Palace  10 20
Mo'az street El Darb El Asfar  25 40
Mo'az street El Ghoury Collection  15 30
Mo'az street El Nasr & El Foutouh Gates  15 30
Mo'az street El Seheimy House  35 50
Mo'az street El Sennary House  30 40
Mo'az street El Set Wasila  15 30
Mo'az street House Of Gamal El Din El Zahaby  15 30
Mo'az street Nafisa Al Bayda  10 20
Mo'az street Wekalet Al Ghoury  15 30
Mo'az street Wekalet Bazaraa  25 40
Mo'az street Zeinab Khatoun House  15 30
Mo'az street Zewiela Gate  15 30
New Valley El Mozawaka  ?30 40
Red Sea El Kousair Fortress  15 30
Sohag Merit Amoun Statue  30 40
Sohag El Araba El Madfouna At Abydos  40 80
Western Oasis Bahareia Oasis  60 100
Western Oasis El Bagawat Area At Oasis  40 60
Western Oasis Gebel El Mawta (Mountain Of Dead) At Siwa  ?30 40
Western Oasis Heibes Temple  40 80
Western Oasis Temple Of Oracle Of Amun At Siwa  ?30 40
Egyptian Treasures Exhibition  20
Graves Of The Royal Family Of Mohamed Ali  25 40
Greco-Roman Museum  50 100  closed
Ismaelia Museum  30 40
Jewelry Museum  50 80
Mariet Razna Museum At Zagazig Governorate  10
Matareyah Obelisk  30 60
Meir Metkal School (Medressah)  10
Mohamed Bek Abu El Zahaby Collection 
Museum Of Meit Rehyna ( Memphis Museum ) 
Mustafa Kamel Archaeological Site 
New Valley Museum(Al Wadi El Gedid  35 60
Port Said Museum 
Rashid Archaeological Area  15 40
Rashid National Museum  30 40
Refaei Mosque  40 60
Romel Cave Museum  10 40
Royal Chariots Museum  30 60
Saladin Fortress At Taba ( In Usd)  $ Usd 12$ 12$
San El Hagar Museum  20 40
Sebil Ali Bek Al Kebeir In Tanta Free
Sebil And Kottab Of Sultan Queitbay  30 40
Sebil Island 
Sultan Hassan Mosque  40 60
Taba Museum 
Tanta Museum