With a fistful of official permissions in hand I travelled 300k south from Aswan back to the Sudanese border to begin my walk.
By dusk I’d reached the first town on the Egyptian leg of my journey- the fabled Abu Simbel. Ramesses the Great built this imposing temple as a monument to himself and his wife Queen Nefertari.
The ancient Egyptian power couple used the temple and their giant looming faces to intimidate unruly Nubians.
Visiting the temple was amazing and I was fascinated to learn that in a stunning feat of modern engineering the whole structure was carved into 10,000 blocks, dismantled and reassembled 65 metres higher elsewhere. This was to prevent it being submerged during the construction of the Aswan Dam in the late 50s.
Chuffed to have the place to myself as well.