In the early morning, Jeff and I were exhausted upon arrival in Luxor. We were excited for the day we had ahead of us, but quickly learned that sleeping on an overnight train wasn’t always easy. Either way, we knew we only had one day in Luxor, and we planned to make the most of it.
We headed from the train station to Hatshepsut’s Temple, but stopped on the way to see the Colossi of Memnon. This was another work I had studied in Art History back in high school, but seeing it for myself was breathtaking. Right off the road, sat these two huge statues, that appeared to glow a reddish-yellow in the early morning sunlight.
The statues had at one point been part of a temple, but are now all that remains.
It doesn’t seem like much, but these two columns that represent the pharaoh whose temple once stood here, are impressive on their own. Here, I felt smaller than I ever have, and at 5’3″ I always feel small. In fact, over my three weeks in Southern Africa, the people on tour nicknamed me Pixie, due to my small stature.
There I saw it as a bit of a joke, but once I got to Egypt, I actually felt small. Really small. Especially, next to this famous site.
But, it wasn’t just me. The statues are so large, that even Jeff had a chance to feel small in the world.
We weren’t here for long, and there wasn’t much to see, but if you find yourself in Luxor, you must find the time to visit these colossal statues. They are absolutely beautiful, but the fact that they make you feel so tiny makes you truly realize your place in the world.