This is a little souk in Luxor that we took a walk in. Sorry that it's blurred but we were hounded and harassed by people selling anything from air to jewellery. We've been talking to the guides who tell us that since the 2011 revolution, tourism went from 20,000people a day in a town like Luxor to ZERO. And since then, they've all just managed to survive, making them more desperate. It's extremely uncomfortable and annoying. But it's also extremely sad. The guides are well educated people who had no other options. This is their best season since 2011. Some guides, pilots, drivers etc themselves were so excited by things that they've been doing for ages. They looked at everything with wonder along with us. They understand what's here and what it means to them. The service people and the hawkers, souvenir sellers, taxi drivers etc all around just run at you and keep sticking on to you calling out. It's really sad that they've had to resolve to this. I hope things do get better. It's a beautiful ancient culture that's already been defaced and desicrated by the christians and then the muslims to a lesser extent. It's a miracle that these amazing monuments still stand in colour (in a few places) after 3500 years! I really do hope things get better for them and that these monuments get preserved better.
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