Report of General Monthly Meeting - Tuesday 10th March 2020

Journey down the Nile by Mike and Hilary Holt


We were very pleased that in spite of concerns over the spread of coronavirus, we had both speakers and a good-sized audience for the talk today!

Mike and Hilary Holt provided another excellent presentation with visual images and commentary on their journey from Luxor to Abu Simnel. After a small amount of Egyptian background information, they began the journey with descriptions of the temples at Karnak on the east bank of the Nile, just outside Luxor, and showed us the gigantic temples with their superb carving and painting. They then travelled to the famous Valley of the Kings on the west bank, opposite Luxor, to see the tombs of the pharaohs, including that of Tutankhamen. Close by, the most famous queen Hatshepsut, who was the only female pharaoh, built her own temple on the west bank, not far from the two Colossi of Memnon who 3000 years ago guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple.

Travelling further south on the Nile, we were shown the temples of Horus and Sobek at Kom Ombo and the highly decorated and carved temples at Philae. The journey continued to the Aswan dams; the first being built by the British in 1902, and the larger and more recent one built with Russian aid. The final stage of the journey down the Nile was by road to the amazing temple at Abu Simbel, built by Ramesses II for his wife.

For some of us, the afternoon inspired ideas for future travel; for others, nostalgic memories of earlier visits to Egypt were evoked.

Julia Whitburn

Speaker Secretary