The Pyramids, at last

Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
Trip End Jan 11, 2011

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A long drive takes us from the Sinai peninsula to Cairo, and from Asia to Africa as we cross the Suez canal.

We spend the entire next day doing a whirlwind tour of all that Cairo has to offer. In the morning we visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx, both of which are spectacular. The camel ride to see all nine pyramids at once (the big three and the six baby ones) is typically overpriced, but what else can you expect from such a tourist trap?

I had heard numerous reports of how there was a KFC disturbingly close to the Sphinx, but I can happily report that it's nowhere near as close as reported. It's on a street with a bunch of other restaurants and other business establishments and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb or anything.

The afternoon consisted of a trip to a papyrus "factory," filled with typical overpriced merchandise, and then a trip to the royal museum. While sadly, no photos are allowed, the museum is wonderful, packed to the gills with artifacts dating back three thousand years or more.

At our farewell dinner that evening we bid adieu to most of the group, winnowing ourselves down to a mere eight of us who are going south to Aswan and back. Then it's off to the train station to board our 10:30 overnight train to Luxor.
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