Up before 5 am, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and were on the bus before 6 am. The Gainsleys, Leclaires and Larkins didn't choose this excursion so we were on our own.
We had a 8 am flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. It took off after 8:30 am. We were on the ground at the temples by 9:30 am.
We spent just over two hours at the site. We explored the Great and Small Temples built by Ramesses II in the 13th Century BC. The temples were moved up a couple hundred feet from their original location in the 1960s to keep them from being covered by Lake Nassar.
We caught a noon flight back to Aswan. After a short stop on top of the High Dam, we were back at the boat just after 2:30 pm.
We had a late lunch with Mark and Evelyn. They had also done the Abu Simbel trip. We had an extended discussion about the whether or not the trip to Abu Simbel was worth it. For me, it was...
For dinner, I had Corn Chowder [whiskey sabayon] and Seared Diver Scallops [sunchoke mousseline, pine nut gremolata, asparagus, radish confit].