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Karnak Temple, Mummification Museum and the Train Station again...
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 09:06 Boat | Car | Core | Egypt | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Train | Walk

This morning after breakfast and a swim, we headed by taxi to visit the Temple at Karnak. The Temple itself is very different than Temple Medinat Habu in that its scale is MASSIVE. It took seven years alone to create and erect one solid granite carved obelisk. We read that 80,000 workers created the Temple. When you walk in to one of the largest courtyard areas, you feel dwarfed among the literal forest of columns.

A few hours later, we visited the small, but very impressive Mummification Museum. At the Museum, the murals guide the viewer through the process of mummification. In glass cases throughout the Museum, there are displays of the tools used in the mummification process. They had the tools used to scramble the brain so that they could scrape the inside of the skull and let the brain run out through the deceased person's nostrils. It was pretty gory.

They also had displays of various mummified animals including a ram, cat, baboon, crocodile, baby crocodile, duck...and more. I saw examples of the materials used like resin, salt and sawdust too. I thought the Mummification Museum was really interesting and impressive.

We then went back to the hotel, got ready to leave and headed to the train station for our sleeping train back to Cairo. The train arrived at 9:30pm and we got on without losing anybody this time.


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I miss you!
Melinda Vahradian
Thu, 2006-03-02 15:14

I enjoy reading all about your adventures. It sounds like you're having a great time. The bunnies miss you too!


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Your travels in Egypt and elsewhere.....
Thu, 2006-02-23 12:06

Hi, Bugsly. I can tell that your travels are making an indelible mark upon you and how you view the world! It is, I am sure, fascinating to wonder just what awaits you every day! When you write your blogs the one thing I am missing is a sense of what you are hearing and smelling -maybe you can try to add this to one of your next blogs? I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures! Mary

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