Photographer's Note

Luxor has so many impressive archaeological sites that Medinet Habu is often overlooked. I have participated in the Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan so I had a chance to spend two days in Luxor. Most of the time it was an organized tour but in free time we went to see few extra sites including Medinet Habu. What is quite unique about this site is that there are few fragments of hieroglyphs there which still preserved natural color (not in this photo). That was surprise to me too, I did not know that the inscriptions and drawings were painted. To be honest seeing hieroglyphs with my own eyes in their natural setting was an extraordinary experience.

It was still time when travelling to Egypt was quite safe, now I would not do that anymore. More and more places are becoming dangerous to travel. For example I still consider to go and take a picture of one of the most beautiful mosques in Britain which is located in Bradford (popularly known as Bradistan), but since it is named the worst place to live in the UK and quite dangerous I hesitate.
Funny thing about security: Recently at an airport my 3 year old daughter was asked to raise her hands and stand alone in a body scanner to check if she possibly hides some weapons. Later she was also searched by an officer. At the same time EU border is daily illegally crossed by thousands of people who are not checked at all. I am sure not all of them carry weapons, but if my little daughter was checked just in case, may be someone should consider tightening European borders?

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