Nine Pyramids, Cheops, the Sphinx, Museum and the Wonders of the Ancient World

Egypt was always on my itinerary – always. I read Elizabeth Peters and her heroine, Peabody made me fall in love with everything that is ‘ancient Egypt’. I grew out of Peters but the love remained. A love that was attained in the past few days – although only a bit.

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Pyramid of Khafre

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Pyramids of Khufu (left, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza) and Khafre (right). Although Pyramid of Khafre seems to be taller, it is actually built on slightly higher ground giving it that illusion.

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The smaller pyramids of the queens

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Pyramid of Menkaure with the smaller pyramids for the queens on the right

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So how does a four day trip to Cairo look like? How does one experience thousands of years old civilization and its remnants in just four days?

One thing is for sure, it is not enough. It is but a tasting, an appetizer course, of what may come later.

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Entrance to one of the three pyramids for the queens (behind the Great Pyramid of Giza).

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Some instructions written but not necessarily followed.

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Tour on horseback

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A solitary horse cart and its driver. It almost seemed we were back in time by few decades.

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At least someone was enjoying the sun

 

So the four days were spent as follows – three days with Memphis Tour doing day trips to the various sights and one day with family and visiting one of many new and upcoming malls in Cairo.

And the first trip, of course, to The Pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx (it’s right there), and the Egyptian Museum (Pharaoh Tutankhamen exhibit is not to be missed).

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The mummification chambers

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The sun is brutal, the weather hot and the desert sand does not help but the jaw dropping wonder when looking at the Pyramids the first time – worth every ounce of effort and discomfort. There are somethings that pictures can’t capture, and the words cannot describe – they must be seen and felt. The grandeur, the brains, the mathematical genius, people who built it and died in the process, the moving of the humongous pieces of granite and alabaster to built these structures, the vanity of the powerful, the helplessness of the same powerful in the face of death, the rise and fall of empires – all thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind when the structures first come into view. I don’t believe the awe will lessen at the second or any subsequent viewings.

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Ramses II

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Pharaoh Khafre

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Outer tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun

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Chariot found in the burial chamber of King Tut.

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Canopic jars found in King Tut’s tomb

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