We went down two tunnels.
They were both richly decorated on almost all surfaces with illustrations
of ancient Egyptian life, including birds, animals and even insects. We
declined an opportunity to visit the most famous tomb, that of the boy
king Tutankhamun, as it isn't the most spectacular and we were hot and
The Valley of the Kings was
about 30 degrees Celcius in late February, easily the hottest place we visited
in Egypt. Fortunately, two large covered seating areas are available. The Valley itself was
arid and truly awe-inspiring.
Also available to see are
the self-explanatory Valley of the Queens and the Workmen's Village where
the tomb builders and decorators lived and died.
During our visit we were allowed to take photographs outside the tombs but not inside, though there were numerous 'postcard' sellers eager to ensure we did not go home empty handed. Now (2009) it is not permitted to take any photographs at all in the Valley of the Kings and cameras must be surrendered at the entrance.
A welcome seating area out of the Sun. Note that the
Tourist and Antiquities Police
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