We ferry to the mainland 200 yards away just shy of 11:00. Our Guide (Mohamed) picked us up and we headed, not to the boat as I thought but to Philae Temple. It lived up to its reputation. We added two vendors for the short boat trip to the island. Sally purchased bracelets and I bought her a necklace. This temple was also moved from its original Island location to higher ground. The twenty foot detailed carvings on the forty foot tall walls were of Horace, the god of protection. The paint-less interior walls were completely carved with scenes and hieroglyphics. Open wings over the doorways and the wings surrounding the pharaohs depicted protection. We exit the boat and pass security. The Temple is excellent. The carvings are good and Mohammed explains some meanings. He gives us a 30 minute tour and leaves to give us free time to explore and photograph. The Temple was nearly as good as Abu Simbel.
We return by boat to the marina and push our way through two boats to reach the dock.
I find ‘Adam’ who showed me a shirt I liked. It is white thin with two cartouches on the pocket.
Here we go.
“Two hundred fifty.”
“No. One hundred fifty” I respond knowing it was high.
Mohammed states he will not get involved and I laugh. Of course. We agree on two hundred and I have a shirt I like. Two other vendors follow trying to get me to buy another shirt. One hundred fifty and a desperate one hundred come across but I already have the shirt I want. Yes I over paid buy 50 - 100 Egyptian pounds. I don’t mind. He did not lie to me. He bargained better. As long as I don’t pay asking price, I feel fine. I will never notice the $5 USD missing and he may have a better day for it.
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