A fairly typical account of a trip down the Nile, describing the cruise and the sites visited: "There was one last sight for us: the Colossi of Memmon. Luxor had more but none as imposing as the two giant enthroned faceless statues with no temple to match their mighty presence. These rose 18 m from the plain against a backdrop of dun cliffs and were the remains of Amenhotep III's funerary temple which was destroyed in an earthquake. We stood silent and insignificant, craning our necks to look up at them, marvelling at their ancient mastery of engineering and perfection in design. We were back on the ship just before noon and soon after we finally set sail for Aswan. As the days slipped by, names and murky palace intrigues bubbled up from 5,000 year-old-Egyptian history even as lush green banks gave way to harsh russet mountains that would be set afire by flamboyant sunsets."