Egypt
Giza

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  • Day4

    Memphis

    February 22 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Memphis war die Hauptstadt des ersten Gaus von Unterägypten. Ihre Ruinen sind seit 1979 Teil des Unesco-Welterbes und befinden sich in der Nähe der Ortschaften Mit-Rahineh und Helwan etwa 18 km südlich von Kairo.

    Hier besuchen wir ein jetzt liegende Statur von Ramses den II. Ursprünglich war die Statur 14 m hoch. Da jetzt Teile der Beine und der Krone fehlen, ist Sie noch 10m lang.

    Leider ist von der Hauptstadt nicht mehr viel übrig.
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  • Day154

    Pyramids of Giza - Bucket List Item #2

    March 11 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Totally surreal, visited (and crossed off) another bucket list item here in Cairo. The Pyramids of Giza. After checking all the websites for tours, and getting the run around, we spoke to the front desk at the hotel. They set one up for us for 2000 Egyptian Pounds (US $130) for an 8 hour trip. After we paid, they called back and said that the entrance fee was not included and we would need to pay that at the site. Then they said it was really only about 120 Pounds, no big deal. So next question for them was, so what is the 2000 Pounds we paid for . . . answer, transpiration. So knowing that the Pyramids were only about 10 miles away, we canceled. We decided to just grab a cab and go on our own. Long story short, for less than 1000 Pounds, we taxied there and back, paid the 200 Pounds (each) entrance fee, and even got conned for US $10 (damn I hate when that happens), and still completed the whole visit for less than 1000 Pounds. Sweet.Read more

  • Day5

    Baharia Oasis

    March 5 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    This morning we woke to the sunrise over the white desert. Nothing can capture this magical place covered in limestone monuments. After a lovely breakfast by Ahmed and Mahoumed we sadly left the white desert for the black desert. Black desert full off coal is amazing but nothing compared to the white. After stopping for lunch we arrived at our hotel. Think we are the only ones here in an hotel that once would have been palatial but now more ruins!Read more

  • Day4

    Giza to baharia oasis

    March 4 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Heading into the desert. Last look at the pyramids from our balcony. After a long 5 1/2 hour drive we made it to the Baharia Oasis. This place is out of this world. Went to crystal mountain where you can literally pick up crystals, then on to the white desert. The white desert is without a doubt the most amazing place I have ever seen. Photos won't do it justice. After a great Safari we headed to camp. Thinking we were heading to a group camp you can imagine our terror when they stopped in the middle of nowhere and started set up. Just me, Gee and our two Arab men! Xanax each later and we relaxed and enjoyed it! Camping in the middle of the desert was out of this world.Read more

  • Day3

    Cairo & The Pyramids of Giza

    May 10, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    An amazing day...finally made it to Cairo. Flying over the Sinai Peninsula was quite surreal. There is a photo of the Suez Canal. The water was stunningly blue amid the dun colour of the vast desert.

    On arrival, we negotiated a taxi to the hotel. No mean feat. In the car (battered for reasons later learned), it was about a 45 minute drive to our hotel. The architecture is polar opposite to Macau - people live in buildings that have been unfinished (for decades, it seems!). There is no colour, likely due to the sand and dirt that would blow in. Everything is a dun colour

    To my surprise, our hotel was bathed in the shadows of the Pyramids of Giza. Security is a major theme here. The hotel has a security scanner before you can enter, though it appears like something that was bought from a second-hand store as a used model many many years before. After a hot shower, we fired up the walking shoes and hiked to the pyramids. Simply amazing, and definitely on our bucket list. I absolutely had to touch what I could to soak it in, and we clambered up some where we were allowed. We hiked the entire site, and fended off the hundreds of offers for horse and buggy or camel rides (literally hundreds, and they do not like “no” for an answer). I felt sorry for these poor animals, especially the tough little horses. They slide down the paved roads on their way for another load of lazy tourists! They look like they’d get shot if they fell. They camels were a lot tougher, but it is all such a gimmick. ‘Specially when we learned many are imported from Australia!

    We ended the hike with The Sphinx, and as you can see, Paul put on his enigmatic face to contemplate the riddle! It is the stuff of legends, and I guess the same is true when you meet someone famous, or see the Mona Lisa for the first time. You think: I thought it would be bigger... 😜, but it is sensational.

    We are just settling into a local meal in restaurant. Think El Jannah chicken,and lamb kofta kebab. It is the first week of Ramadan, so the days are quieter,and the evenings are busy, as the people out to eat! We are bemused by a huge intersection below us. There is no belly-dancing during Ramadan, but this was entertainment enough. It is a case of anything goes, and the traffic lights seem to be there just for the pretty colours.

    Our view at dinner is the Pyramids, and amazing traffic!
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  • Day4

    Egypt

    January 5 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Explored some pyramid tombs by climbing down 85m worth of low tunnels and up a mountain of stairs. Saw Joseph’s pits where the grain was stored in the famin as well as what we think were the booths where it was sold....finished the day off with an almighty sunsetRead more

  • Day5

    Step, Red and Bent Pyramids

    March 8 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We had a free day in Cairo and had booked a tour to the Step pyramid located about 30-40km South of the pyramids at Giza. The step pyramid, built by the chancellor to the pharoah (Imhotep) was, in my opinion, more impressive than the ones at Giza. It is considered the oldest pyramid and while not the size of the Great Pyramid, what was impressive was the complex itself. The entrance, built approx 4500 years ago was still in perfect condition with a hallway of 20 odd columns where guards would have stood between to receive the guests.

    There was a burial chamber underneath the Step pyramid that Brad had a look at - I didn't bother. There was smaller burial chambers in the complex where the walls are covered in hieroglyphs. You had to descend backwards down a step ramp and then walk almost bent double for about 20metres. What I enjoyed the most was chamber of the daughter that depicted intricate scenes of everyday life. The detail and the colours were incredible.

    Leaving the Step pyramid we went to the bent pyramid and the red pyramid. The bent one was a mistake as the base was too small (only by a couple of metres) making the angle too steep to keep going straight up - it would have been to tall and would collapse on itself, so he changed the angle part way up giving a bent appearance. Sneferu (pharoah) who commissioned the pyramid was not impressed and demanded a new one be built (The Red Pyramid). The architect lost his head for his troubles. The Red pyramid is so called because it was covered in small reddish coloured stones but the stones have all eroded and fallen away over time.

    Final stop of the day was an open air museum at Memphis (at one time a capital of Egypt). At this place there was a statue of Ramases II that had been found in a marsh. At 10 metres in length he is the largest statue cut from a single block of limestone. His legs were eroded from being in water which is probably why he fell over and lay for years in a swamp.

    An excellent tour and because it was just the 2 of us it was so much better than being in a group.
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  • Day3

    Cairo

    January 4 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Perfect 27 degrees in Dubai to 14 degrees in Cairo...drove an hour from the airport where there is really no speed limit and the lanes on the road just seem like pretty paintings to the drivers..ended the night with the light show on the pyramids from the restaurant at our hotel!Read more

  • Day3

    More photos of Giza...

    May 10, 2019 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    So, here I am, it is now 3am and I’m wide awake. We crashed at 9pm, it was the latest we could last after more than 64 hours without being horizontal, but damn this body not allowing my more than 6 hours sleep!

    Anyway, what to do, but upload more pics. Can only do six at a time, but it is enough.
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  • Day4

    Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum

    March 7 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Saturday was our first full day of touring with the group. There are 38 people including a group of 22 with their travel agent from Phillip Island. All Australian except for a couple of Kiwis.

    We left at 7am for the pyramids and Sphinx which was good to have an early start as we were there before the crowds. Brad went into the Great Pyramid to look at the burial chamber. I passed on this as I don't do narrow enclosed spaces and from all reports it was quite difficult. We then took in the pyramids from the panorama viewpoint where some members of the group partook in a camel ride (and I think some of them regretted doing it) and finally onto the Sphinx which fortunately only had a small amount of scaffolding. Last time we were here (2014 - on a cruise ship tour) quite a lot of the Sphinx was under restoration.

    After umpteen photos, we went to a place where they demonstrated how to make papyrus followed of course by the option to buy some of the artistic pieces. Nice, but no from us. Then lunch at a park that was a reclaimed garbage dump, then off to the Egyptian Museum, home of King Tutenkhaman's treasures including his famous golden mask. Absolutely beautiful but we were not able to take photos because there was a 3 metre tall, 400kg Egyptian security guard with an AK47, bazooka and a slingshot whose vocabulary extended as far as NO PHOTO which he grunted at us several times. Seriously though, it was very interesting and all authentic artifacts except for the Rosetta Stone which was the key to translating the hieroglyphs and is the reason we know who each of these Egyptian kings and queens were. It is just a pity that the Grand Museum which has been under construction since 2012 is still not open. When it does it will be the largest museum of its kind in the world. It is due to open 2019, so maybe next year 🤔

    Almost the end of the day and we still had not been to the bazaar. Last thing we wanted to do was go shopping for junk souvenirs so we waited in a coffee shop until it was time for a small group of us to see the sound and light show at the pyramids. Basically different lighting effects on the pyramids and a storyline about the history of pharoahs connected with these pyramids. It wasn't too bad but it certainly was a long day.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Jīzah, Muhafazat al Jizah, Giza

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