Years ago when I visited Egypt, I took the train from Cairo to Luxor. I had read Egypt had bought some new trains so I was excited to “ride the rails’. The train I rode the first time was old and dirty. I am sure it was the same train this time, only older and dirtier. Oh well, part of the adventure. I stayed in a Nubian guesthouse in Aswan – certainly the most colourful place of this trip. I took the train to Aswan as I wanted to visit Abu Simbel. Vans full of tourists leave Aswan early each morning for the 3-hour drive to Abu Simbel. The desolation of the desert was interesting. We did pass one oasis and the green colours were electric against the endless background of sand. Abu Simbel consists of two temples that were moved when the new dam was built as Lake Nassar flooded. They simply cut the temples into blocks, numbered the blocks, moved them, and put them back together. They are amazing, and I saw more tourists than any other place I had been in Egypt.
I left Aswan by train to go to Giza. It was a long trip but interesting all the way. The train was old and dirty, the passengers were warm and friendly.