Once outside in the intense sun, we were comforted by the beaming beauty of the valley. One could see why the Kings' would choose it as a resting place.
If you believe in life after death, as the ancient Egyptians did, why not start the after-life in a place of beauty and wake up in the valley of the kings? Here was the clean slate, the place for new beginnings. The sandy cream massive mountains with dribbling valleys easily had another world aura about them. It's really wonderful to come across nature in another guise - so naked, so bare, so powerful, and feel it touch you.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can assimilate the feeling of being there. I almost don't understand. I have travelled so much and been wowed by a lot of beautiful places and buildings. But in Egypt, it is not just about seeing the tombs or the pyramids. It's about the way they make you feel.
NB. This marks the end of the 'Egypt' section of this site. I'd love to have you join me on my trips to the Sahara and (when it's available), Tunisia. If you're interested, return Home to access those stories.