See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unfinished_obelisk for some details on this obelisk. Not the greatest of tourist sites, basically a large rock where it would have been extracted and then placed vertically except is has cracks in it and it was no longer used.
As part of our cruise we had a number of tours arranged and one was a visit to Philae Temple.
As always someone to try to sell you something.....
We caught a tour bus from the boat to the Philae Temple port and then caught a motor boat to the template which has been moved 500 meters from its original location because the lake flooded it when they build the high dam.
These people were also on our boat and we spend a lot of time with them since they spoke English and we were all put together for tours.
The four to the left are from Bath in England (I can't remember the fathers name, Clare, Can't remember the mothers name, Brianna), and the three to the right are from Minnesota (Whitney, Jack and Carol)
ps; Let me know if I have them wrong.....
We arrive from the airport to the Philae Hotel in Aswan and find it is a pretty crappy hotel, but things get worse.
The room is quite small, the bathroom is dirty and not very nice and makes you not want to use it even for a shower. And what is this metal pipe in the middle of the toilet?
The only saving grace is the view from the balcony across the Nile which is great.
Pam and I decided to have a gin on the small balcony, there was only one chair so I went and grabbed one from the dining room. The one I sat on is like a $10 plastic chair you can buy at the warehouse. Since Aswan is a hot place the chair looked quite faded. As I sat there I felt it move and then the legs broke off the chair and I was on the ground. As I went down either me or some of the chair hit Pam's foot.
I took the broken chair downstairs to the reception and throw it on the ground and complained about it.
I then went back to see how Pam was - she was OK and there was no series issue - just a bit sore...
We had to stay in this hotel for 2 nights.
We went to bed soon after and about 4 o'clock in the morning someone bangs on our door. I get up and take a look and some guy was there and then walked away when I opened the door. I re-locked the door and went back to bed.
About 10 minutes later someone tried to open our door, and then again a few minutes later.
I yelled out for them to PISS OFF, Pam was quite scared and did not want me to say anything.
I then telephoned the reception and told them about this and said we are moving out in the morning.
About 8am we get dressed and go outside to get a taxi to a nearby hotel called Hotel Mahaba.
The first taxi did not know what a map was and could not understand that we only wanted to go up the road so I exited his cab and found another.
We go to the Hotel Mahaba and they said they had a room for 100 USD and we asked to see it. It was a lot nicer than where we had came from and decided we would take it. We then had to get another taxi back to the original hotel.
When we got there the Manager came out and apologised for the problems we had. They wanted us to stay for lunch on them, but we declined and said we are moving out. She then tried to give us a free night but again we declined.
In the end we had breakfast and then left and she only charged us 1/2 price for the night we were there.
Below is the room we had at Hotel Mahaba, it had a separate lounge and bedroom.