I have just returned home form two weeks travelling around Egypt, having spent nine days in Luxor in a West bank Hotel, the El Mesala. My time in Luxor was split by a trip down to Aswan and then up to Cairo.
Luxor part 1 was a bit mad, trying do get lots of sites in three days. The VoK was busier than I expected, though most of the visitors appeared to be Egyptians. The other sites were virtually empty. There were no other visitors at any of the sites, we three were the only ones at most places. We saw two new tombs of the nobles, which was very interesting.
It got quite difficult, as we became the centre of attention for the various vendors around these sites.
Luxor part 2 was a little easier as we paced ourselves better this time. We walked the Theban Hills from Deir el Medina down to Hatshepsut, always difficult, but well worthwhile. There was no improvement in the amount of visitors though.
We went to The Urban Centre for Women near to Karnak Temple and this was excellent. They train women in a variety of crafts, including handmade woven scarves and bags of high quality. We bought a selection of items at reasonable prices.
The visit to the souk was sad. Many of the stall holders didn't even bother to try and banter with us over prices and we walked along quite unhindered most of the time.
We didn't experience any problems a all and never felt unsafe or threatened in any way.
If only people would start to return to Luxor they would find a wonderful place with very welcoming people.
I kept a blog whilst I was there for absent friends, so if anyone's interested they can PM me for the link.Edited: 07 March 2014, 17:47