Visiting the Great Pyramids

We completed our tour of Egypt with a one-day sprint around the city with our guide, Risk. You can’t even imagine the chaos as over 21 million people move around the city on foot, in cars, motorcycles, horse carts, and camels.  It was a visual and oral cacophony: blaring car horns, drivers yelling at one another and weaving through the crowds, colorful horse drawn carts, all fighting for a foot or two of progress on a impacted street.

Quick run through the Cairo Museum and the treasures of King Tut, darted into a synagogue, then off to the pyramids.  It was a zoo!  Although tourism is down by about 80%, it was the last day of school holidays so the Egyptians were out in force. We decided to climb up inside the Giza Pyramid, entering in the large opening you see in the photo below.  Climbing up 1,000 feet hand over fist inside a dark and steep shaft, we finally reached burial room of the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. Again, we were told no photos were allowed, but folks were taking selfies nonstop. It’s Egypt, therefore, the “no photo” rule is just a guideline.

Base of Giza Pyramid

Then, what I’d been waiting for – a camel ride!! It’s bit trickier than I’d imagined and I hung on for dear life,  You’re high above the ground, swaying back and forth and side to side, trying to anticipate the camel’s gait.  Despite the challenge, we had a ball!

A good time was had by all.

Next stop – Jordan!

Comments

  1. I’m exhausted just reading about all of this. You seem to be holding up and you’re beaming on top of that camel! Love both the camel pics.

  2. Love your photos and the stories! I’m amazed at how much you are seeing already! Great job in planning your trip, and love that you are sharing it with us!

  3. The pyramids was the only place where they even bothered to have them turned on. I had a Leatherman in my camera bag and the guy working the x-ray machine tried to steal it. I put up a fuss and he relented.

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