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Christmas 2014 in Egypt

This year we spent the Christmas season in Egypt.  As we consider the original Christmas story, we read that Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt following the visit by the Magi from the East in order to escape the slaughter of the Bethlehem babies by King Herod.   Traditionally it is believed that Jesus lived in Egypt for 3.5 years.   While in Egypt we wanted to view some of the places where Jesus is believed to have  stayed, in addition to seeing some of the Egyptian historical sites, most of which already existed when Abraham visited Egypt.

We spent our first few days and our last few days in Egypt at a resort in the Red Sea city of Hurghada.  
01 Suzie relaxing at Hurghada Hilton Resort
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We embarked on a 7 day Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan and back again to Luxor.   Christmas Day occurred during our cruise.   This was certainly a different kind of Christmas celebration.
02 Cruise Ships docked at Luxor
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There were plenty of historical sites to see in Luxor, including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Temple of Karnak, and the Luxor Obelisk.   Unfortunately no pictures were allowed when we toured the inside of the Pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
03 Temple of Luxor (lighted statues)
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Aswan was a mixture of old and new.     Here is the home of the Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk, and it is also home of the old Aswan Dam and the new High Aswan Dam.
04 Philae Temple for Isis
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One of our stops along the Nile was at the town of Edfu, where we toured the Edfu Horus Temple and the Kom Ombo Temple.
05 Kom Ombo Temple 3
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We flew to Cairo to view some of the Coptic Christian sites, where they believe Jesus stayed during his time in Egypt.
06 Steps of the Holy Family in Egypt
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While in Cairo, we hired guides and camels, so we could travel to the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx from the Sahara desert.
07 Giza Pyramids with Guides and Camel
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While in Hurghada, we took a day trip into the Sahara desert to visit a Bedouin village.
08 Bedouin village visit
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Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

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Dec 14-Egypt