Egypt 2012, a set on Flickr.
Photos taken in Luxor, Edfu town and temple, Kom Ombo temple, Aswan, Philae temple, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Esna temple and town and many photos along the banks of the Nile as we cruised between Luxor and Aswan.
Taken between 27 August to 5 September 2012
This is my second experience of flying with Sindbad Hot Air Balloons and yes, this trip was more memorable than the last (2 years ago) as we had to bring our balloon down in someone’s back yard!
We were collected at 04:30hrs from our hotel (the El Luxor) and taken quickly by taxi to the waiting motor boat where we were served tea/coffee and a cake while crossing the Nile. A minibus then transferred us to the balloon take off point (fairly close to the Tombs of the Nobles) on the West Bank.
Soon we were clambering aboard, advised of our landing positions should we need them and then off we went into the steadily lightening skies. We headed initially towards the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut but that soon changed and the air current started to carry us over the local cemetery and village houses and in the direction of the East Bank.
It was amazing to see the people still sleeping on the rooftop of their houses but the noise from the balloon gas quickly woke them and their animals. Dogs were barking, goats were panicking and running around as sleepy heads started to poke out of their bedrolls.
On we went snapping with our cameras frantically trying to capture every moment to be kept for posterity…. Meanwhile, the sun was rising gently over the East Bank.
And then…. I heard just one word I had learned during my crash course of Arabic! The word was “mushkilla” and knowing what that word meant I quickly looked around while our Captain was calling into his communications system with the control room. Up ahead I could see pylons and cables – yep, most definitely it was “mushkilla”!
Gas was released, the ground crew could be seen running through the streets behind us and ropes were thrown out of our balloon for them to grab hold of. Quickly, everything was all under control and we were guided along until we landed pretty much in someone’s back yard. The owner of the land was grinning toothlessly at us while keeping her goats out of harms way and counting the pennies she would receive for our great basket and balloon dropping into her lap.
Altogether another excellent trip and one I’m glad I shared with my two friends who were having their first holiday in Egypt. In fact, it was only our second morning in Luxor!
Would I go again with Sindbad Hot Air Balloons? You bet your life I would!
Professional till the end, Captain Khalid apologised to us all for shouting at his ground crew and explaining you had to show them authority to make sure they kept on top of everything :-)
More of our hot air balloon trip photos can be found on my flickr account: CyprusPictures
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