Valley of the Workers and Ptolemaic Temple in Egypt.
Touring the excellent Valley of the Workers including some beautiful Tomb paintings and also Ptolemaic Temple located on Luxor's West Bank in Egypt.
From Madinat Habu Temple head back along the road passing the Ticket Office to the road junction. Head across the open ground to Dayr Al-Madina village which is more or less ahead of you. Walk up and through the village - you will almost certainly find children asking for
money but also someone will offer to show you the path which takes you round and over the hills to Deir al-Medinah - the Valley of the Workers.
We all soon were accompanied by several small children trying to sell trinkets etc. but they were OK - we ended up giving our guide 20LE for his trouble.
The path emerges above Deir al-Medinah and then it's just a question of finding the best route down to the car
park. There is a small sun shelter and also it is possible to get drinks and some books here. The area has the ruins of the village and numerous tombs although only two were open.
We visited the Tomb of Sennedjem and the Tomb of Anherkhe which located at the Tombs of the Workers - these two tombs were fantastic with their beautifully coloured paintings and
along with those at the Tombs of the Nobles
are probably as good an example as you can get.
From the tombs you can walk across to the Ptolemaic Temple - it was locked but we were let in by a guide and then shown round. It's well worth visiting since although not massive compared with other Temples in the area it was very
interesting with excellent drawings on the temple walls. Around the temple there were other interesting ruins to browse around
and we spent quite a time wandering about. From the village we walked back along the main road to the junction by the Ticket Office (our "village" guide
was still up in the hills shouting for us to come back up). This ended our day as far as tombs and temples were concerned - the idea now was to have a wander back the 3kms to the ferry.
On the left of the junction a few metres across some bondoo (rough ground) there is a small cafe where you can get a drink - they also have an outside toilet which is useful!.
As you wander back along the main road there is quite a lot to look at - with green fields, streams and water courses and of
course quite a few trees - in a way it seems strange for this type of scenery when you remember you are in a desert in Egypt. After a short while you soon come to the Colossi of Memnon - these two imposing statues were unfortunately covered in scaffolding when we saw them but are nevertheless quite impressive.
Further along the road we saw various old looking pumping engines including an old Lister - when it's owner saw we were admiring it he came over and proudly
showed it off to us - apparently it is still in full working order. Another interesting part of the walk occurred just as we came to a narrow gauge railway line - this had a series of wagons full laden with sugar cane. Later, as we passed through Qurna al-Gaddah village the railway line went across the road and we managed to get a photograph of the engine.
When you reach the crossroads carry straight on now passing shops and then open country until you come to the next village. Stay on the main road through the centre of this village and soon arrive at the arabaya bus terminal - cut through here and then down steps back to the River Nile and the ferry.
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