Jude goes to the temple of Merenptah

Today Jude went to the temple of Merenptah, he was surprised how small it was compared to the Ramasseum which was built by his father. Then he was told how long Merenptah had to wait to become Pharaoh. He was 60 and the 13th son, no wonder he only built a small temple. Some Egyptologist think he might have been …

Isis Temple at Deir el Shelwit

Michael and I finally went on a visit to the newly restored Isis temple. We had been waiting to see if the ticket was repriced in Egyptian pounds. Sadly it has not been, the reason behind making the ticket price in dollars and accepting no other currency completely escapes me. I would have thought that American tourists or people with …

Tours from Flats in Luxor

Are you looking for a local agent to arrange your tours in Egypt? We don’t just provide accommodation and even just tours in Luxor. We can arrange tours all over Egypt. This month we organised the following schedule for a tourist who was not staying at the with us but wanted independent tours. Having a private guide means you get …

Advice about flying and diving

Had a guest that wanted to go diving on the last day of the their holiday and I remembered there is medical advice against it and got it confirmed. Bare minimum is 12 hours – and that’s if you’ve been pootling quite shallow. If you’ve been wreck diving, then you need to leave up to 24 hours – better safe …

Transfers from Hurghada to Flats in Luxor

Flats in Luxor is pleased to offer its guests a transfer from Hurghada on the Red Sea. Just let us know when you book that your flight is a Hurghada one and we can pick you up no problem. Your transfer to Luxor will be with one of our regular drivers and he will also take you back. Flights to …

Diving in the Red Sea

Some friends of ours took this great video on a trip to Taba. You could actually do this on a day trip to Hurghada from Luxor. The sea is picture postcard blue, when we went we hired a boat for scuba and fishing. I was made up that I caught a fish. You can take proper diving courses if you …

Donkey Ride over the Ridge

I now know where the expression walking like an Egyptian comes from, who ever first said it had just done the donkey ride over the ridge in Luxor, Egypt. It is an amazing experience following in the steps of the workman that built the tombs on their daily commute from their homes at Deir El Medina to the Valley of …

Mummification Museum, Luxor, Egypt

The museum opened 1997 and gives today’s visitor a detailed idea about the mummification process, the Ancient Egyptian concept of judgement & the afterlife and shows us some objects associated with mummification. The word mummification is derived from Persian word (mummiya) which means bitumen and in Arabic and gives us the word mummification The visit starts with scenes copied from …

Visit to Abydos

OK I am massive lucky…..and then some. I thought I had got permission to visit the Archaic period burials at Abydos but when we got there it was disaster. Having produced my permissions, these were dismissed, I phoned this, that and the other, not good enough, no answer, phone switched off. I had spent 30 minutes arguing. Then I produced …

A tale of two museums

I  went to the Cairo Museum. I must admit it defeated me. I went round looking at my favourite things but every time they look shabbier and in urgent need of TLC it really disheartens you. The museum was built a long time ago and is in urgent need of some modern display cases above all else. It will be …