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Karnak!

August 1, 2010

I was always impressed with the turquoises, blues, and reds of the carvings. It was a fine imposing place to visit and at first the heat wasn’t too bad. We simply walked quickly through the beating sun to find small bits of shade; once we got to the section of pillars it wasn’t too bad either because the number of pillars made it shady. There were two levels of roofing with some slatted windows at the top to let light in -that’s what the tour guide is drawing a picture of. The taller pillars are the ones shaped like lotus flowers. The unfinished column in the corner of the first courtyard helped historians decide just exactly how they built this temple: by making their slaves gradually pile up sand all around what they were carving so they were always working on “ground level.” Once they got to the top of the structure and finished their carving, painting, and shaping of pillars and doorways, they dug out all the sand to the actual ground level.  No ladders, no scaffolding, just shoveling sand higher and higher.  Crazy.

Paper, embellishments, alphabets, etc; are from the kit titled “Summer Cottage” purchased from The Shabby Shoppe; pages put together with the delightful and easy to use Paint.NET

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  1. August 7, 2010 8:22 am

    What a sandy life those people must of had. Yuck. I hate sand. One can never get rid of it. Sandy shoes, flip-flops and worst of all-sand in your bed. YUCK YUCK YUCK How ingenous of them, however.

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