Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

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Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by DJKeefy » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:08 pm

The governor of Luxor, Gen. Tarek Saad El-Din attended. Also the participants from the Arab-African Youth Forum which is being held in Luxor at the moment.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by Glyphdoctor » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:31 pm

I don't see those thousands of European and Russian tourists they said would be in attendance...The 250 busloads on their way from Hurghada...We are headed into what are normally the two busiest weeks of the year for Luxor's tourism...and there still aren't any tourists.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by A-Four » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:47 pm

Though to be fair here Glyph, most ex-pats or tourist never really know of the solstice, and I would imagine even less know of the similar effect at Hatshepauit's Temple.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by Glyphdoctor » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:55 pm

I agree most tourists don't know, but the thing is then it is all just one big PR exercise to show you are attracting tourists without actually attracting them. To make claims of numbers before the event happens, because to actually report real numbers afterward would be less impressive. If they had gotten some international coverage, which it looks like didn't happen, they would at least be setting themselves up for some tourists to come see it next year, but that is a bit far off at this point.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by A-Four » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:46 pm

Yes, I see your point here Glyph.

I think you and I would agree, if not the vast amount of ex-pats in Luxor, that there is little or nothing a govenor of Luxor can do to improve the present lack of tourist in his town, and to be truthful, things are to get even worse,..............and he knows it.

I recently read on this site, that one member suggested that 'the regular tourist or ex, ex-pats' have little knowledge of Luxor's future. How wrong he is, as I shall prove in my up and coming report, which I shall write up during the Christmas period, under the heading of - Home Thoughts From Abroad.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by Brian Yare » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:32 pm

To be fair, there were probably about 2000 on-site at or soon after sunrise. The Nile-TV breakfast show (nearly 15 minutes) shows my back twice. The second time is with Stan's back beside me. Look at 3m53s for 10 secs and again at 9m55s for 5s. I am leaning on my stick!

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Many if not most attending were Egyptian. Entry was free, once a certain amount of confusion had been cleared up. I'm sure Stan has some good pictures - a few of mine are on my blog at http://mercia-egyptology.weebly.com/2/p ... arnak.html - this is a non-commercial site so I may not get my hand slapped by Keefy. Otherwise I will load them up here, but that takes time.

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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by Lisak » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:33 am

I was there and boy was it busy with both Egyptians and tourists/expats whatever.
We stayed after sunrise and walked the outside of the temple and by the time we came back inside there were a couple of hundred tourists inside, it was really quite busy.
It was an amazing experience and one I would love to repeat.
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Re: Winter Solstice sunrise at Karnak temple this morning.

Post by Bullet Magnet » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:14 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed my Winter Solstice here in Wales...
A nice surprise or 2 in the heavens..
Christmas Eve and Christmas morning was a very special time as well... It's all in the unnoticed details to the masses.. :cool:
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