Friday, 24 February 2017

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent

The Foreign Ministry has decided to raise entry fees to Egypt from
various land, sea, and air ports from US$25 to $60, starting March 1st,
amid the rejection of tourism sector companies and officials.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube

Fascinating lecture about the recent work at the Workman's village. Together with site management and making access easier for tourists, not disabled exactly but certainly easier

Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt

Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt: Aiming to inspect the restoration processes of one of King Ramses II statues that was destroyed in the fourth century AD, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, and Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, visited the city of Luxor along with Governor Mohammed Badr. The statue was destroyed as a result of a devastating earthquake that swept the country at that time.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Egyptian Visa Rules

Lots of discussion on the internet about the new Egyptian visa rules.


Single entry visa will be 400 egp and multiple entry 500 egp

Visa's for 6 months cost 550le Second 6 months 550le during which time you must leave the country at least once

You can get a one year visa if you own property with green contract and you have a bank account or if you are married to an Egyptian

Overstay Penalties.
first 3 months penalty 1053 le
3-6 month 1500,
6 month - 1 year 2500

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Exhibition at Luxor Museum plus disabled access

Tonight was the official opening on the new exhibition at Luxor Mseum from the 'The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project’, led by Hourig Sourouzian. There was one part that was actually outside in the floodlit area and the rest was in the special temporary area.

This is a very special project, the largest temple in Luxor, where everyone thought there was nothing but 2 large colossus has been revealed by Dr Hourig  to have much much more than anyone thought. It is a huge project, employing one of the biggest teams of local workers ever assembled.  On the west bank there are lots of story boards explaining their work, the Northern colossus have recently been reassembled and now this temporary exhibition reveals even more.

I went there on my trusty mobility scooter to try out the disabled facilities. My taxi was able to stop at the south end of the pedestrian area and I trundled along quite happily. The entrance to the museum had a ramp from road to pavement. The people at the ticket office let me in the exit as I couldn't go through the turnstile, they were quite happy to do that. The grounds were easy to negotiate. There was a step into the museum but I suspect this will have a ramp very soon because the museum director was there because of opening she saw and discussed the problem with me and she seemed committed to resolve it.In the meanwhile helpful staff lifted the scooter into the building. I skipped the turnstiles, going in the exit. Inside slightly to the left there was a nice gentle ramp to the upper levels and by using it and going down the other ramp you could avoid the set of steps in the entrance. There was a wheelchair lift inside, between the two sections of the museum but it was not suitable for the scooter but yet again willing men leapt forward to assist me. The only area with only steps was the small area of court du cachette area but everything else was super accessible either by ramps or willing men.

Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

house Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After 12 months of restoration, Stoppelaëre House is to be opened with a view to developing it into a cultural and scientific centre for heritage.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

(14) Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...

Mohamed shared this with me on Facebook, not Luxor but it is about disabled access. Golf carts to take people round the temples at Abu Simbel.Wonderful idea and only 10LE

Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...

Friday, 10 February 2017

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly: Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese mission, described the discovery as “important” because it raises hopes that more tombs could be discovered in the Al-Khokha necropolis on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor.

It had earlier been thought that no more tombs would be found as innumerable tombs have already been discovered in the area over the past 200 years.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

The latest newsletter has just been released. AWOL is primarily for working animals but it was great to read of the latest updates for small animals, especially Ingrid's cats. I know people will be quite surprised that donkeys need coats!

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online


Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: A Japanese mission from Waseda University discovered a private tomb in the Theban necropolis in Luxor, Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the antiquities ministry's Ancient Egypt Department, said on Tuesday.

Afifi says that the tomb, located at the El-Khokha area on the west bank of the Nile, is beautifully decorated and likely dates to the Ramesside period, based on its style. Early inspection of the tomb suggests that it belonged to a royal scribe named Khonsu .

New tomb in Luxor

You will need Google translate but the pictures are excellent

Tumba de un escriba real descubierta en Luxor - Reseña AE

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Balady handicraft Qurna Egypt

Balady handicraft Qurna Egypt

Hay up again!

A slightly belated Happy New Year!

Here is some good news to start 2017.

The exhibitions
about Robert Hay's Qurna of 1826 and other exhibitions that were part of
Qurna Discovery have been remounted and are there for all to see again.

In May 2010 the Governor of Luxor's big machines demolished the
buildings we had just restored. The exhibitions themselves were rescued
and have been 'in store' at Abdu Daramalli's lovely craft centre in
As-Siyul – about 3 km north.

In December we put them up again – at last! In addition to all the
panels we had before, a third Hay Panorama is now also on show for the
first time anywhere in the world, and in 2015 I made a panel to
illustrate the working of a traditional thresher that Abdu had rescued.

Balady Handicraft Qurna is open every day except Friday, 9-12.00 see

are many beautiful things made by women, men and children at the Centre
for you to buy for yourself or as presents – scarfs, rugs, children's
clothes, embroidered table linen, pottery, jewellery – all hand-made by
people being taught and employed at the Centre.

If you have a group who wishes to visit outside normal open hours, the
Centre could be opened specially for you – please phone Abdu on

You can get to the Centre by taxi, or on a local arabiyya to As-Siyul.

are on the Balady website at 

I hope that your guests can take the time from a busy 'ancient history'
schedule to see the more recent history of the people who lived on the
Theban Hills, and buy some of the craft works that they are still

Please encourage them to go and visit the Balady Centre.
Please encourage them to buy some of the hand-made craft works.

Thank you to all those who first made Qurna Discovery a reality way back
in April 2001.
Thank you to Abdu and family, friends and helpers for its new home.
Insha'allah this fourth home will happily be its final one.

from Caroline Simpson

New sleeper cars to Luxor and Aswan to attract more tourism - Daily News Egypt

New sleeper cars to Luxor and Aswan to attract more tourism - Daily News Egypt: Watania Sleeping Trains and Catering Services Company decided to provide luxurious cabins from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor and back with a capacity of 34 passengers on tourist sleeper trains starting last Sunday to transport tourist groups, according to an official at the company

The official said that travel prices in tourist sleeper trains include $110 for a single room, $80 for a double room, and $40 for a seat for foreigners, while Egyptians will pay EGP 400 for a unified ticket.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Where did the design come from for the top of the pylon

I am sure we have noticed the curved bit at the top of a pylon. Where did this idea come from?

This example from Philae shows the curve on top of the pylon and the gateway.
 This example is a false door of Tuthmosis III at Medinet Habu and this gives us a big clue with the reproduction of organic elements in the stone.

There are other example of stone reproducing organic elements of Sakkara for example and other false door examples with rolls at the top of the opening. Ancient Egyptians were very fond of reproducing organic elements in stone representations. So back to our pylon.

Around Egypt you will find fronds stuck in the top of mud brick walls, like this example. This is the explanation of the curved top.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Friday, 13 January 2017

Mansour Boraik in the UAE

I just got a message from Mansour and I know many readers of this blog will be interested to know what he is up to.

I'm doing well and excavating in an Iron Age site where I made some great discoveries and for the first time in UAE we have found some Ancient Egyptian seals for Thutmosis 3 and Amun Re. Also last month I found a very rare golden crown. I missed Egyptology but I published three papers this year about my work on Luxor and Middle Egypt. Also a book about the project of the Sphinxes Avenue will come out soon in ltaly.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Excavations at Edfu

There is a new lecture been uploaded  if you have been wondering what is going on there.

Presented by Nadine Moeller, Associate Professor of Egyptian
Archaeology, Oriental Institute (and Gregory Marouard, Research Associate,
Oriental Institute)

The Origins of Two Provincial Capitals in Upper Egypt: The Two Sister-Sites
of Tell Edfu and Dendara

The ongoing fieldwork at Tell Edfu has recently focused on the excavation of
a settlement quarter dating to the 3rd millennium BCE which pushes back the
origins of the town of Edfu to the 4th Dynasty (ca. 2550 BCE). The newest
addition to the Oriental Institute’s fieldwork program in Egypt, at the
ancient provincial capital of Dendara, has also led to new insights into the
oldest settlement remains and the original foundation of this city. This
lecture will provide an overview of the most recent results from both sites
offering a comparative perspective on the long-term development of early
urban centers in southern Egypt.

Nadine Moeller and Gregory Marouard | The Origins of Two Provincial Capitals in Upper Egypt - YouTube

Monday, 9 January 2017

Another Luxor Pass review

Luxor pass.
After some initial teething problems getting the ticket sorted it was plain sailing for the next 5 days.
I was greeted with smiles each time I used it at the 40 or so tombs and temples I visited. 
I hadn't been to Luxor before and this ticket really helped make it an enjoyable stay.
Guy Thompson

Review of the Luxor Pass

One of my recent guests wrote up her recent experience of the Luxor Pass

My review of the Luxor Pass by Karen English

Reasons for buying my pass

I am a student (half price pass!) and had five days in a row to pack in as much sightseeing as I could manage – and I didn’t want to faff about with cash for each ticket individually purchased and the time involved in going to various different ticket offices! I have a bad back and knees and thus mobility sometimes causes issues for me. With one ticket, I could do as much as I liked every day without feeling obliged to overstretch myself due to having bought a ticket for various tombs – or feeling it was too much trouble to go back to the ticket office to buy extra tickets for more tombs on good days! I also had ideas of perhaps returning to Nefertari’s tomb daily for the max of 10 minutes that they permit inside it!

How did I get my 5-day pass? 

I took along my hosts husband Mahmoud to assist with finding the Antiquities Office in Luxor! He knew where it was (just up the side street from Luxor Museum) but still he got sent to various different places and kiosks until finally being shown the correct place! Go prepared – take a passport sized photograph of yourself, a photocopy of your passport and cash in US $. I also took proof of being a student (my NUS Extra card). Also, be prepared to sit in their office for 30-45 minutes as it takes them ages to sort out the paperwork (well, it is Egypt!) At least they are happy cheery people and you get to walk out of the office with your pass  Before you leave, do take Mr Ahmed Khalifa’s telephone number on his business card with you – just in case of problems accessing sites.

What was my experience of using the pass? 

After initial scrutiny of the pass – most guardians allowed access to the tomb whilst they took the pass to their managers with queries. The pass was always ready to be handed back to my guide or myself upon re-appearing out of the tomb! Some of the guardians were extremely excited by the sight of the pass - they were intrigued, calling over other guardians to see it and passing it around. Hopefully educating the other custodians! I felt really accepted and welcomed at places with my pass. I feel it showed them that I was a “serious” tourist, keen to see as much as I could in the 5 days, rather than a “happy snapper” tourist that got out of a taxi, took photos, and got back inside the taxi without paying or strolling inside the temples (yes, I saw that on my travels!)

Did I feel it was good value for money? 

 If you visit Seti 1 or Nefertari as a one-off, it is currently 1,000 LE per tomb per visit ($55-$60). So, if you went to both of those, you’ve already spent $110+. If you had to pay full price for the pass, the remaining $90 soon disappears at the other sites. For example - Karnak temple alone (with the open air museum and Mut temple etc) is $10 – and another $15 to go to the Valley of the Kings with Tutankhamuns tomb, Ramesses VI and Ay. Financially, I know I saw far more than the cost of the pass – but then I worked out I saw roughly 38-40 tombs (let alone temples etc)! For me, the feeling of being able to do as much or as little as you want to see daily was for me the main plus point of the pass. I could point at something and the guide and driver would stop and we’d visit it!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Flats in Luxor: Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 by Geoff Olson

Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 by Geoff Olson

Many thanks to Geoff for these links. You may not
known that there is a dedicated cemetery in Luxor for foreigners. It is
located at Tiba and Geoff has added it to Google Maps
should you want to visit. You will need to give any taxi driver
directions so make sure you have details on your phone. 25°42'60.0"N

32°46'46. Street 3 Egypt

It was moved to this location in 2009 and the move was actually the
subject of a Channel 4 documentary showing the work of Peter Mitchell -
The Exhumer. Here is link to his photos

Geoff's photos are here Luxor Cemetery 30 Dec 2016 - Google Drive
If anyone here is interested in visiting contact the guard in advance, his name is Magdi and his number is 0127 7092261.  

Monday, 12 December 2016

Egyptian antiquities minister cancels Luxor Museum celebration after Coptic Cathedral bombing - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egyptian antiquities minister cancels Luxor Museum celebration after Coptic Cathedral bombing - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany will inaugurate a temporary exhibition to mark the 41st anniversary of Luxor Museum on Monday but the planned celebration afterwards has been cancelled after Sunday's bombing at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hidden Luxor 2nd Edition

I have completed the 2nd edition of Hidden Luxor with updated sites and disability tips.  There are an extra 6,200 words, so lots of good stuff.
Now here is a special FREE offer to all current owners. If you provide proof of purchase and a review on Amazon of the first edition I will GIVE you a copy of the 2nd edition eBook. Email me and you will get the eBook by return. Giving me reviews will ensure I get lots of new sales so we both win.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Sa Re Gourmet Shop Al Gezera village West Bank

It was only last night that I noticed this new shop in the village so I dont actually know when it opened. Their Facebook page is with more details. I bought the duck meat spread and it was lovely, very rich. They are open 10-1 and 5-8. It is super clean!

Nice to have another excellent shop on the West bank. Atta the baker being the other one.

British delegation praises security at Luxor Airport | Egypt Independent

British delegation praises security at Luxor Airport | Egypt Independent: A British delegation from the Civil Aviation Authority praised the security measures followed at Luxor International Airport.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Even more Info on the Luxor Pass

This update is important as they mention Euros

Last Tuesday (22 November 2016), Karin Khalif and Marcel went to see Ahmed Khalifa, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities Office in Luxor, to get some answers
The Luxor Pass:
There are 4 versions of the Pass:
• The Red Pass:
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Blue Pass:
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs
• The Yellow Pass (For students only):
Gives you access to all the museums and (open) tombs in the Luxor area, including (about 10-15 minutes) access to the tombs of Nefertari (QV66) and the tomb of Seti I (KV17)
• The Green Pass (For Students Only):
Same as above, but without access to Nefertari and Seti I tombs.
All Luxor Passes have a validity of 5 CONSECUTIVE days.
What does the Luxor Pass cost:
The Red Pass: U$ 200,-
The Blue Pass: U$ 100,-
The Yellow Pass: U$ 100,-
The Green Pass: U$ 50,-
Where can I buy the Luxor Pass:
To purchase a Luxor Pass, you will need a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport details page. Take these to the Department of Foreign Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Antiquities in Zamalek or from the Public Relations Office in the Luxor Inspectorate, which is behind the Luxor Museum on the east bank of Luxor, behind the Museum. The office is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, Monday to Friday.
How can I pay for the Luxor Pass?

In Cash only. Although the tickets are priced in US Dollars, Mr. Ahmed Khalifa told us, that they accept Euros too. The Red Pass (U$ 200,-) will cost you € 180,-. If you do the math, the following prices would apply (although these can be different, depending on the exchange rate $ - €):

The Red Pass: € 180,-
The Blue Pass: € 90,-
The Yellow Pass: € 90,-
The Green Pass: € 45,-
How long does it take to make the pass?
The pass will be made on the spot, so it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

• The pass can ONLY be paid for in US Dollars or Euros. You CANNOT pay in Egyptian Pounds or any other foreign currency.

• There is NO possibility to pay with Credit or Debit Card
• You have to bring your passport and a pass photo. If you do not have a pass photo (which can be easily obtained in Luxor), bring a copy of your passport. This will be attached to the back of your Luxor Pass.
• Students have to bring their University pass or other proof of being a student.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Not Luxor but very very very close

Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: Metropolis discovered in Abydos in the Upper Egypt's governorate of Sohag
A necropolis and residential settlement were uncovered in Abydos in Sohag, almost 400 km south of the temple of King Seti I