Up at 330 am, after a quick bite to eat, the group was on the bus before 5 am. I had not originally signed up for the hot air ballooning, but decided on Tuesday to do it. Frankly, I didn't want to have to listen to everyone give me a hard time about not going over the next two weeks.
It was pretty spectacular. We had a forty-five minute balloon ride over the West Bank of the Nile. The eight of us were at one end of a basket that had twenty-eight people in it. We will be taking an excursion tomorrow to explore the area, including the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of Queens.
Back at the MS Antares, we had breakfast. Running on an average of less than five hours of sleep over the previous four nights. I went back to bed for while in the morning.
I had a Chief Noisce Salad for lunch.
AFter the morning excursion, the boat steamed downriver to Qena. We explored the Dendera Temple. The temple complex was built over a period of several centuries beginning in the Ptolemaic period (305–30 BCE) and continuing into the Roman period. The complex is dedicated to the goddess Hathor, the goddess of love, fertility, and joy.
After the excursion, we jumped in the pool as we were crusing back to Luxor. It was 104 during the excursion!
Before dinner, we joined the boat for a cockail hour with the Hotel Manager (Mark). One of the guides then did an overview of what we would be doing tomorrow.
For dinner, they are offering a regional tasting menu. I had El San El Asfour [minced lamb, vermicelli noodles, chicken broth] as a starter and Lahma Bil Basal [braised beef, onion, sweet potato mousseline, grilled vegetables] as an entree.
After dinner, a subgroup of us particpated in a Pyramid Trivial contest. We ended up winning based on knowing locations of the Olympics over the last hundred and twenty years.
I crashed a little after 10 pm. Unforunately, I finished the day with an intestinal issue.