We had a busy and early day touring the West Bank of Luxor, which included the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Valley of the Scribes. It was a very full day that unfortunately isn’t reflected as much in the photos, as photos generally aren’t allowed in tombs, and cameras are no longer permitted at all in Valley of the Kings. As a side note… I totally get the whole headscarf thing. It’s cool, comfortable and keeps the 7/8 of me prone to sunburn from getting burned alive. I’m definitely a believer. Oh yeah, and while women can and do wear skimpy outfits without getting assaulted (I’m looking at you, busload of Russian day trippers), it really is a good call to go with long skirts or pants, long sleeves, and covering your hair. Martha has gotten a lot of direct compliments and been treated very well and it has been clear that respectful attire has been a factor. “When in Rome…” and all that jazz. Here she had been stressing about how to tie a headscarf properly and then in come some foreign girls in super-short cutoffs and tank tops. At a minimum, I’d recommend at least striving to not be the outlier wearing a bikini in Valley of the Kings.
We’re off to bed early tonight. Tomorrow the plan is to visit Abydos (we’ll have to come up with some Stargate references regarding that) and Dendera, which are both a bit of a drive outside of Luxor.