Well, I knew it was just a matter of time and I was right. People are finally coming back to Egypt and it’s been so exciting to see more and more people at the sites.
It’s still not back to the numbers that it was in 2011 when the revolution happened and I’m actually happy for that, since it’s not as crowded as it used to be. There’s just a wonderful energy that comes from people from all over the world enjoying this fabulous place.
This is the first time in all of my 19 (!) times of going to Egypt that we are allowed to take photos in tombs in the Valley of the Kings! They have always been so incredibly strict about it, in fact, when I was here for the first time in 1983, I was traveling with my boyfriend and he took a picture inside one of the tombs and they were going to take his camera away! After some frantic apologies and exchange of baksheesh (tip money), they let us keep the camera, but they took the film, so we lost everything we had on that roll (remember when people still used rolls of film?)
Now they charge 300 Egyptian pounds (about $17) and you can take photos everywhere but inside the tomb of King Tut and I was going crazy! I don’t even know how many photos I took. The colors are still so amazing after all these years, it’s absolutely incredible. And the workmanship of the carvings is so fabulous, almost unimaginable.
It amazes me that even after all these times of coming here, there’s always something new and interesting going on.
If you would like to join us for our trip next year…
This year’s tour sold out and I’m sure more and more people are going to be wanting to come next year. We’re already planning the trip so if you’re even thinking about coming on this amazing trip, click here to get on our wait list and we’ll send you all the information as soon as it’s available.
Sending you so much love from mysterious Egypt!