November 18, 2017

Aswan Photo Diary

Aswan is a city south of Cairo, located right on the Nile. It is extremely hot in the summer... Which was when we went because we are crazy. Actually, turned out when it's so hot, you lose your appetite and you lose weight. So not only I saw some of the most magnificent sites, I also looked nice and slender in my photos :P

Above are photos of Philae temple, Kom Ombo, and Abu Simbel. Seeing Abu Simbel was the highlight of my trip. Abu Simbel (the structure in the first photo) was built for Ramesses the II. The artist for Abu Simbel designed the Ramesses structure from youngest (left) to oldest (right). The second face that got got ruined when it fell was never put back as when it fell, it was eroded for good. Abu Simbel was built near the dam and was later relocated to higher ground in 1968 as the water level was rising. You can see the incredible move video here.

Egypt isn't all ancient ruins. There are plenty of luxury hotels and places to eat. Outside visiting temples we stayed at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, it was easily one of the most beautiful hotels I've stayed at... and worth it for the price! But out of all the places we ate, from fancy restaurants on the Nile to local food joints on the side of the street, my favorite is Cairo Kitchen- and I can eat kushari and their lentil soup everyday. It's ultimate comfort food.