Luxor is the ancient city of Thebes. Sure, I had heard of Thebes but didn’t really know much more about it than that. Our only real priority in Egypt was to visit the Pyramids of Giza but little did we realize that Thebes was where the real action had been in Egypt.
The city of Thebes, in its heyday, was the place to be for most of Egyptian history. The temple of Luxor itself, right in the middle of the city is an impressive display of what Thebes was but Karnak temple just down the road and on the edge of town is even larger and more impressive. Featured in the Bond flick The Spy who Loved me this is what ancient Egypt was about. It’s where we snapped this photo of a headless guard and where we could have spent all day long examining every nook and cranny had it not been for the suffocating heat.
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IF YOU GO: This is a cheap and exiting place to spend a few days. We had a nice private room with breakfast and A/C for about $10/night. Don’t be afraid to shop around and treat yourself nicely given the favorable exchange. We could have visited the sites on our own but given the heat the tour was worth every penny.