Wanted to share some more images of Medinat Habu, the extraordinary ruins of temples built by Rameses III, Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III in the New Kingdom, from the 1400s to the 1100s BCE. It was one of my favorites of the temples we visited. The crowds were smaller and the temple still had so much of the original paint still visible on its walls. We spent the morning here on the day of Christmas eve and took a leisurely stroll among the columns and nooks, occasionally taking one of the locals up on their offer to see inside a room. One man said, “come see paradise!” Well, who could resist? He pulled out the bars on the divider, and he showed us inside a room filled with brightly colored images of Isis and Osiris. A little baksheesh was worth the trip to paradise.