" You from America?....High -Ho Silver....."
Trip Start Apr 29, 2009
7Trip End May 11, 2009
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Today, Maureen and I took a trip to the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza, and the famous Sphinx . Some of the biggest and most famous Pyramids of the world, the ones you see pictures of in all the history books, and of course that famous one in Vegas, but this was the real thing.
We hired a driver to take us in the morning after breakfast, which we had on a beautiful terrace on the12 floor of our building where our guest house is. In the morning the skies are clear and you can hear the beautiful chants coming from the mosques, calling all the worshipers to prayer. When you are in Cairo, you really feel, and know that you are in another part of the world, there is no denying it.When we first arrived, we were greeted by a friendly local..." Where are you from" ?..." USA...we said back....." Oh, John Wayne...High -Ho Silver" Wasn't that Buck Rogers horse?...Hmm, anyways, its funny what people think of when they hear, USA..
We arrived at our first Pyramid, the largest of the three that we would visit today that we actually could go inside and climb up to one the small compartments that thousands of years ago held actually mummies and relics from that time. We first had to clear "security" , which just like at the airport , you have to put your bags and purses thur a screening machine, and then walk thru a metal detector. This is done at all bus stations, train station, and all popular tourist destinations. They are taking no chances with anything happening here again, you get the feeling that they are trying to be one step ahead of anyone causing any harm to Egypt and having the people visiting here feel very safe.
Once we cleared security, our kind Taxi driver turned into our tour guide and picture taker, and took lots of great pictures of us posing in front of these amazing pyramids. Its hard to even describe how big they are, and even comprehend how these were build so many years ago, and how in the world they were able to lift and build with those large, heavy stones...incredible!
Our first pyramid , no cameras allowed...so we left it with our trusty taxi driver ( the people of Cairo are extremely friendly, and extremely trustworthy...) the pyramids we were warned are not for anyone even remotely claustrophobic...you have to climb up some tiny stairs thru a small tunnel that you cannot stand up straight in.....so cool
We had no problem, other than it got a little hot in there, because we have to cover our legs and shoulders almost always in public here in Cairo, we do not have to cover our hair since we are westerners, but all other women must. Since we were in a tourist place, the rules are more relaxed, and we became rebels and took off our cover ups on our shoulders for some of our pictures...( Maureen was the first rebel of the two of us, actually, and I followed......The climb was great, and I wish there was more of it!
After our Pyramid adventure we were off to do our Camel Picture shot....we decided that we would just do the picture on the camel at the Pyramids and then an actual camel trek for sunset when we get to the desert in Dehab. I cant even tell you how great it was getting on that camel for the first time. They are kneeling down at first and then you have to lean back and hold on the front of the saddle when he stands up...and they are tall, and you are really far up there....! Maureen went for the full tourist picture and wrapped her head with a checkered scarf...she is so cool, I just love Maureen for holding nothing back , and living up every experience that comes her way! We both loved being on those camels, and had our pictures taken with the Pyramids in the background, and if you ever get a chance to do that, its worth every penny! And it only cost us, $ 5....
After a day of sightseeing , we came back to the city of Cairo, and took a walk, got lost and almost run over trying to cross the street in busy traffic a couple of times...this freaks Maureen out, I just sort of focus on the other side of the street and follow behind a local as he crosses...( because they wouldn't hit a local! :) But there seem to be no speed limits, no street lights, and definitely no places were traffic will stop for you to cross,,,,its madness!
After a long day we ended it with dinner at the most amazing local restaurant off a deserted street that you would never find unless you knew where you were going...( thank you Nadine from our guest house!) and it was this amazing restaurant, with charming decor, and low ceilings, and the best Lebanese food,,,, what a Great day! Tomorrow , heading to Old Cairo, and wandering Ancient Markets.....