November 13th Lovely morning as usual. River about 3/4 of miles wide, calm as mill pond, current not visible. Palms, etc. and even distant bluff, banks reflected on its mirror surface. At 9:00 arrived at Edfu and set out on 20 minute walk to the great famous temple built from about 300 B.C. to 50 B.C. A most glorious building showing forth some brave bold gifted man’s power in those old days. This temple is alone worth the trip to Egypt. A great change is now visible on the banks, instead of simple bluffs with shallow or no side canyons, there are many outstanding or isolated rocks and ridges and many wide and deep side canyons or branches of the Nile Valley on both sides. The river is not 4.00 K.M. flowing close past rocky shore with little or no margin. Whole valley here not exceeding 2 or 3 miles in width. Boys, Arabs who went with us to temple recited the Wreck of the Royal George, and the Parrot of Cowper, with refreshing flavor in the mud streets of Edfu. Lots of humor in them. An older one displayed knowledge of geography, etc. A day or two ago saw large flock of pigeons alight on river for a moment or two, had no difficulty in rising again. These are house pigeons universally kept here in jars, etc. on house tope. All houses have branches of trees
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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