We are renovating our house and the days go by really fast.
As we are doing everthing ourselves, it takes time.
Yet it is fun and very rewarding.
Now with Spring our daily garden tour is a delight.
So many flowers ….
Isn’t that beautifully colourful.
Our Walnut – found in Germany is also growing beautifully.
The frogs have been busy too. 🙂
And when it was cold we were cosy in front of the wood burner.
is a lovely reminder
change can be.
I love Spring –
the change makes me happy
What change did you see in your surroundings,
which make you ‘Spring -happy’ ?
This years the inspiration comes from Cameroon.
make this festival wonderful.
Crafted animals from Cameroon say hello.
Many beautiful Orchids were on display.
Hanging, standing, stuck into the animals,
reflecting on the water.
A very colourful display
with such a variety of different orchids
with amazing sweet fragrances.
An orchid in a deep forest
sends out its fragrance
to appreciate it.
All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens
In Luxor we visited the interesting Mummification Museum.
The Jackal head of Anubis
Last glimpse of Luxor Temple.
At last I got to ride a camel.
A fantastic experience.
Adventures are the best way to learn.
The holiday was amazing and I will treasure all those memories.
We met lovely people, food was delicious and plenty
and all Egytians were always smiling and friendly.
We made fantastic beautiful memories.
It was a holiday of a lifetime.
Old Cataract Hotel
This is the hotel where “Death on the Nile” -from Agatha Christie was filmed.
We went to have Afternoon Tea.
While waiting for the tea we roamed around and enjoyed the amazing hotel.
It had closed for 3 years to be refurbished to its current glory.
Winston Churchill stayed here among other famous guests.
The cruise went back from Aswan to Luxor.
We had a bit of time on deck, it was windy during the journey,
still wonderful to watch the banks of the Nile go by.
Every day we came back to the room, our towels had a different shape.
I loved it. ❤️❤️❤️
Next was Philae Temple.
This temple was being flooded, so they decided to relocate it closeby.
There were 47,000 pieces which had to be reconstructed.
There is a little temple extra for Hathor.
Hathor is portrayed on these columns- from right to left her smile gets bigger.
The Market was beautifully colourful with many spices and goods.
Of course you had to barter the Egyptian way to buy anything, it was fun.
Hibiskus was plentyful and the tea and juice tasted divine.
I googled my symptoms,
I just need a vacation.
Further along the Nile we came to Esna where Edfu Temple is.
This temple was for Horus, the God with the Falcon head.
His wife was Hathor and his parents were Isis and Osiris. Horus wanted revenge as Seth had killed his father. Horus found Seth and killed him after fierce battle. This is all documented on Edfu temple.
Next was the massive
A impressive Dam is built to control the flow of the Nile. When they open it, they have the flooding season.
The Lotus building at Aswan Dam. Behind is Lake Nasser.
You don't need magic to disappear,
All you need is a destination.
By speed boat it went to the Valley of the Queens.
First we visited 3 Toombs.
Toombs of Rameses I, Rameses III and Merenptah
My favourite was the smallest of Rameses I as the colours were best preserved.
Next was Hatshepsut’s Temple
A very impressive temple.
Hatshepsut is portrayed with calf ears.
Hatshepsut dealt with Myrrh trees – shipped them out to other places.
This is an old remaining myrrh tree root at the foot of the temple.
On the way back we stopped by the 2 Collosi of Memnon
A vacation spot out of season
always has a
very special magic.
Max von Sydow
After driving 5 hours through some desert we arrived in Luxor.
The Temple Tour began with
Karnak Temple in Luxor
Luxor Temple in Luxor.
The temples are connected via the long Sphinx Avenue
In front were 2 Obelisks, one of them is now in London on the Embankment, called Cleopatra’s Needle
It was very interesting to hear about all the Egytian Gods.
Luxor Temple by night was rather magical.
Starting in Luxor we went onto the Nile cruise for 7 days.
It's better to see something once
than to hear about it
a thousand times.
Hello, I’m back in the cold from a beautiful 25 degrees Celsius Egypt, at the Red Sea.
We had a wonderful holiday in Hurghada and up the Nile.
We had a lovely hotel, great food and fun.
We were snorkeling in the Red Sea to watch amazing fish.
What an adventure it was.
Our guide with the ‘Dolphin’ = me
The weather was warm around 23 to 26 degrees Celsius.
The Red Sea was 22 degrees.
We loved every minute of it.
A vacation is
having nothing to do
and all day to do it in.
This post is my 1000th post
Let’s celebrate with
a Kew visit on a cold day
has its beauty.
Frost makes beautiful pictures.
There are also still Autumn coloured leaves
even now in December.
Frost – grasses – colour pictures from the Kew visit
Even in Winter Kew Garden
has so much beauty.
What good is the warmth of Summer
without the cold of Winter
to give it sweetness.
All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens