Seeing the sights of Cairo
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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Yassar was to be our driver for the day – his English was OK so we were able to converse and ask questions. First stop was in Giza to a Papyrus art gallery where Mrs Hoda gave a brief history of the region and explained why the Pyramids are where they are. We were also given a demo on how papyrus is made. After failing to persuade us to buy any of their pictures, we set off for the Pyramids. Amazing array of different modes of transport in the area: apart from ordinary cars, there were camels, horses, donkeys, horse and carts, tuktuks, and a huge number of VW camper vans converted to taxis.
We spent a couple of hours walking around the Pyramids and Sphinx taking in all the sights, sounds and sand
From the Citadel, Yassar drove us downtown, through the main shopping area to a local restaurant – GAD. A good way to sample the local lifestyle and we watched the comings and goings on the street from the upstairs window. After slaking our thirst, we were then taken to the Egyptian Museum. It is normal to spend half a day touring the Museum – we did the quick version in 1.5hrs! Very interesting to see all the artefacts etc, including Tut’s mask and sarcophagus.
Back to the hotel by 5pm, caught up with emails, blog updates and Patrick did a new flight plan for our journey to Luxor. We were lucky enough to witness a wedding reception party sending off the happy couple with music and dancing (the dancing girls wearing candelabra on their heads and weaving in and out of the bride and groom). Initially the bride and groom were 'piped’ into the Hotel Foyer with bagpipes – all of the ceremony being caught on film. It had obviously been a very upmarket wedding.
- The Pyramids are built on the west bank of the Nile from limestone blocks from the East Bank. How might this have been done 4500 years’ ago?