after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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So I decided to visit Luxor after 5 years....I really missed Luxor and was great to return after so long however it was not the same anymore.
we stayed in the Winter Palace and it was amazing but the atmosphere outside was a bit much.
was nice to see some old friendly faces though 8)



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Let us know what you found to be so different as it's good to learn the views of visitors - especially after a few years gap.
I might agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong!
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I'll second that! Has it really been that long?! :o
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Well I notice the lack of tourism has reduced but the hassle from the khalesh drivers is still on the high side as ever! :lol:
the atmosphere and buzz was not the same as my previous visits cannot really explain it... most places we went to in the evenings were empty its a shame really as Luxor is truly a magical place.

Was shocked that some of the locals rememebered my name tho :)))

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Yes, sadly the days have gone when you could live the life of Luxor during the days and evenings. Strolling with friends along the waters edge always having the opportunity to laugh together, observe with delight your surroundings with no one pushing their face into yours in a lame excuse to attempt legitimate conversation while trying to seek business. To just be allowed to sit quietly in peace on the Niles walls watching this glorious sunset, captured within your memory, just for you. To mix and mingle with the countless numbers of tourists, making new friends and acquaintances to keep long term. To have to push your way to bars and seek a spare chair out to fulfill your and friends seating requirements because of those crowds. All venues where alive with music, shouting and drunken laughter and you had to wait for a free and empty taxi to take you home. You could cross the road with comparative ease without colliding with one of hundreds of youth driven motorbikes that would attempt to grab your handbag without concern to your well-being. You could join in with the enthusiastic herding as you where pulled, pushed and ushered as you witnessed the sound and light at Karnak Temple that would, on some occasions, infect you with its display of magic that would make you fall in love with life again and your partner as the atmosphere was so electric, beckoning you always forwards to take part in the experience of a lifetime. You would return to your hotel, exhausted but invigorated, already beginning the start of sleepy conversation about the next days adventures. Yes, you could say that it has changed a little in the last five years.

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Re: after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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For a vistor from 5 years ago it must seem almost strange in comparison.

I went to a popular tourist restuarant last night to find myself the only person there, and a large proportion of their extensive menu was not available, explanation:- " not many tourists so reduced menu"

As for the hassle it seems to me that the minute one walks past security ouside the hotel the caleshe people pounce often three at a time, I pity the inexperienced luxor tourist. Even I who has known many of the caleche,and boat people many years, am approached just in case there might be some business to be had.

Will write more on my return to UK as I'm not so good on the laptop.


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Never mind Dusak, im sure you will be the life and soul when I visit A taste Of India in the summer!

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You know, if they would give me a place by the Nile with running water an internet connection and enough to keep me in fags and tea id do the job of Minster of Tourism in Luxor.

I mean seriously I could make a difference im sure!

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Re: after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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hi did u find luxor safe it is five years this july since i have been back to luxor i was thinking about going this summer and was wondering is it safe.

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Re: after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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I am just back from 2 months there. I neither experienced, saw or heard of any problems, other than the usual attempts at hassle/rip-offs. Look elsewhere on the forums for more on this topic.

Go. Enjoy. Report back here, please. :)
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Re: after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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Anybody be interested in my views?
Goin back end April(after 6 months away!!!)
Just wonderin.......

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Of course Scottish....go for it!

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Re: after 5 years I went back to Luxor

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Yep St....let the sunshine in..... :D
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Ianatra wrote:hi did u find luxor safe it is five years this july since i have been back to luxor i was thinking about going this summer and was wondering is it safe.
It is safe during the day but I certianly would not say it is as safe as it use to be at night...I did not see any tourist police and have been told they no longer have any. (the egyptians are not scared of them nor respect them since revolution)
hassle is on the vast, I personally did not get much of it as I had my car and journey arranged b4 I set foot out of the hotel and even just coming down the stairs I could feel the khalesh men getting ready :D however my friend when visiting sites did get alot.
Luxor is much more quieter then b4 you dont see as many brits about... apart from that all good :)

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"you dont see as many brits about... " - some might say that that is a positive benefit!
I might agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong!
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LivinginLuxor wrote:"you dont see as many brits about... " - some might say that that is a positive benefit!
I'm sure the locals who rely on we obnoxious Brits for a living would disagree with you LoL.

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Must admit we hit the souk and McDonalds on a Friday so much quieter than other days, we personally do not get to much hassle, it's far worse if we have a man with us. We also usually go places via a taxi or calishe and have them wait for us. Saying that stubbled home at 1.30am singing in the back of a taxi can honestly say cannot remember any problems :wi the streets were pretty quiet :?
It is what it is.

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