Climbing into Pyramids!
Trip Start Feb 10, 2005
53Trip End Jan 05, 2006
I was in the exhibit room at the same time as a lot of British tourists (seniors). They had the most insightful comments I heard. "Imagine a civilization that could create something like this more than 3000 years ago." "When you think about it, it must be the biggest symbol of excess in any century." "This must be the greatest icon of civilization." "A masterpiece..."
Our first stop was Saqqara where the oldest (first) pyramids in Egypt were built
While walking through the ruins, one of the police officers asked if I wanted to take his picture, so I did. Then he motions at me and said no no! Then he says to give him money. I said I had none, gave him nothing, and walked away. I should point out, he had a machine gun leaning near his knee. This type of thing happens in Canada too, that is, when you pay the man with a gun. It's called a mugging.
Saqqara lies ten or so miles south of Giza, near the ancient capital of Memphis, which was our next stop. The Memphis museum was small, but there were some very impressive statues.
Our last stop was Dashur, where we climbed inside the Red pyramid, and saw the unique Bent pyramid. Our day ended at the Khan al-Khalili market where we shopped for souvenirs, then called it a day. Tomorrow it's back to work.