As we stayed in Luxor we hired a taxi to drive us up to Abydos. The driver was kind enough to take the West bank to Abydos and come back via the East bank. This made the trip less long and very interesting. Especially the East bank as here you pass through many villages and get an idea of daily local life. We only visited the Temple of Seti 1 and found it very beautiful. As we were on our own we depended on the 'local' guide to tell us a bit more. Now these people are no Egyptologists and their English is rather poor but he tried his best and showed us some nice areas. And depending on your tip ... even more doors can open ;-) After a while however the guard also joined us and I think our visit took to long because he almost ushered us out :-( Not that we felt threatened but more like pushed and not welcome. But we already had some fine hours spent so we did not really mind.
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