02.06.2012 46 °C
By far the longest, hottest day so far has been today's marathon excursion to the Valley of the Kings and Karnak. While both were crawling with tourists and it was by no means the 'Carter-esque' experience I had in my head (more tweed would have been required to achieve that), these monuments were just more evidence that the Ancient Egyptians really really wanted to live forever, and they had the technical expertise and artistic genius to get fairly close (I consider 3200 years pretty close to forever).
We left at 0600 for the Valley of the Kings and Hapsetsut's Temple. Luckily the lads are still on Lebanese time and waking up at 0430-0500, so this start time was easily achievable. It appears the Ancient Egyptians realised we were coming and thoughtfully made everything stroller accessible. This allowed lots of nap time in as much shade as I could manage with double layered muslin and umbrella. It also meant that what was a long hot day with lots of walking and being generally uncomfortable under the fierce sun for the big people, became just a long day of chilling out under a shade cloth being wheeled around awesome old stuff for the little people. I couldn't really do much about the 46 degree heat, but I think keeping them under damp cloth as much as possible probably made all the difference. Whatever the case, having seen the Valley and the Temple in the morning, after an afternoon nap we continued the journey to see the temple complex and Karnak. I think I'm just about templed out now. My head is so full of the correct layout of an Egyptian Temple and the hieroglyphics on the walls that I will probably be reading it in my dreams. I wish my dad was here. He would love all of this.
Tomorrow we're off to the Sinai Peninsular to Sharm el Sheik to look at some fish. Here fishy fishy....