We arrived in Luxor at 7 am and met by our guide and driver, who brought us to the SS Amarco cruise ship where we would spend the next 4 nights. Our bags were deposited in the gorgeous state room (G likes to travel in style) and then we were off to tour the Karnak temple.
"To the ancient Egyptians, Karnak was known as Ipet-Isut, The Most Perfect of Places. Despite being in ruins, it remains spectacular. Possibly the largest temple complex ever built anywhere, it grew in stages over 1500 years, added to by successive generations of pharaohs ,and the resulting in a collection of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks acts as a vast open-air archive of history set in stone"