Nazlat as Sammān

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  • Day3

    Cairo & The Pyramids of Giza

    May 10 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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  • Day3

    More photos of Giza...

    May 10 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.

  • Day3

    The Great Pyramids of Giza

    December 26, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ 🌬 63 °F

    After an almost 24 hour journey, we made it to Egypt to take part in a 9 day tour of this ancient world! We knew we couldn't and probably shouldn't take on the task of navigating through this country like we had done in our past trip so a guided tour was the best option.

    We started in Cairo which is a very busy and dirty city but quickly found our way to the surrounding areas of Saqqara and Giza to see the great pyramids! At Saqqara we saw the first ever pyramid to be built as a burial site for one of Egypt's kings in 2,740 BC, almost 5,000 years ago!! Not only did we get to see this engineering marvel from outside but as well got a glimpse of the pyramids from the inside as well.

    If that wasn't enough our next stop was the most popular site of pyramids at Giza where the Egyptians perfected the pyramid shape taking 23 years to build using around 2.2 million bricks with weights ranging from 2 tons to 20 tons for the Great Pyramid alone! We got some magnificent views of one of the seven wonders in the world on our camel ride where we definitely popped out the selfie stick to capture the moment!

    Our last stop was to see the Spinx which was carved out of one rock and represented the depiction of the king in the eternal afterlife which impressed us as well.

    After the first day we knew we'd be in for a treat on this trip as we make stops across Egypt admiring and trying to wrap our minds around this ancient civilization that put thought, meaning and scale into everything they created!
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  • Day197

    Upper Egypt (Part I)

    June 13, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 82 °F

    (This post exceeded the length allowed by the FindPenguins website, so it is split into two!)

    Wow! Where to even start? Egypt has been amazing. Each day we have been awe-struck by the artifacts and history. The museum on our first day was spectacular, but being at the actual sites has been indescribable. Everything we learned about in school became so real and personalized. We have had excellent guides from Egypt Tailor Made as well: Mido in Cairo and Hassan in Luxor. They are both university-educated Egyptologists and strived to ensure that we actually understood what we were looking at. Hassan even taught us how to read some hieroglyphics as well as how to interpret many of the murals and images we were seeing in carvings and paintings on the walls. We can't even begin to put into writing everything we saw and learned, but we'll give it a shot. Also, we unfortunately are still having problems getting photos from the camera to the internet so we may not have any or many photos to add until we get home. We take a few with Nick's cell phone but hopefully the DSLR pics can be added when we have a computer.

    On our second day in Cairo we visited what some would consider the main sites: the pyramids and the Great Sphinx. (Little did we know that the splendor and history in the Luxor area would top even these sites that are most commonly associated with Egypt.) Our day started off with a visit to the first pyramid built from this time period, the step pyramid. It is almost 5000 years old and in surprisingly good condition. As it was the first of this trend, it isn't technically a true pyramid; instead of straight sides there are six platforms (or steps) stacked atop one another to form a pyramid-like shape. It was obvious that this was part of the same movement of pyramid burials but from before the art was perfected. It should also be noted that originally all of the structures seen on this day were originally covered in smooth, polished stone which has since eroded away in the intervening years. Rachel especially was blown away picturing what these buildings would have looked like at the time they were built during the Old Kingdom.

    Our second stop was another snapshot of pyramid development. We saw both the bent pyramid and the red pyramid (the first true pyramid). These were both built for the same pharoah, but the angle of the sides was changed midway through building the bent pyramid due to stability concerns, thus the pharoah ordered a separate pyramid to be built for his burial. Ironically, the bent pyramid is in better condition on the outside than the red pyramid, so the pharaoh's fears about his eternal house collapsing were unfounded, at least thus far. We got to go into the red pyramid to see the burial chambers which were empty but very cool nonetheless. We climbed up the outside of the pyramid and then entered a tunnel about a third of the way up. This tunnel was a steady downhill slope into the bottom center of the pyramid, maybe lower (we couldn't really tell how far down it was). The tunnel was not very large so, though we could walk and not crawl, even the shortest of us were hunched over. The rooms were quite tall and one even had an elevated door so stairs (or, prior, a ladder) would have been required to get into the pharaoh's actual burial chamber. It was cool to have been inside a pyramid and definitely worth it, but it was a shame to not be able to see it in its splendor. These Old Kingdom tombs were actually robbed by later ancient Egyptians to utilize the riches for later pharoahs and nobles. Being so close to Cairo, the pyramids were never "rediscovered" as many ruins are; they were always visible and always known to locals, but without any wall carvings, murals, or other artifacts there was little reason to explore and/or preserve them. Still amazing, but it might have felt like a letdown if we hadn't already seen many relics in the museum the prior day.

    We then went to see the Great Pyramid and the other eight pyramids that are basically part of the same complex (though for different, successive pharoahs as well as some Queens). This is the typical image of Egypt with the three large pyramids seemingly in a row. We didn't go inside here but understand it is the same as the red pyramid, so the extra fee didn't seem necessary (not to mention all of us had sore legs from the first climb and were starting to melt a little in the heat). After taking plenty of pictures and pausing for the vendors and our guide to have midday prayer (it happens to be Ramadan, though it is possible the same would have been true if it weren't Ramadan), we rode camels to the Great Sphinx! We each rode our own one-humped camel and Nick was even brave enough to take the reins. Rachel did for a short time as well, but she was too in awe of the pyramids so handed the reins back to the guide in order to take in the views. Rachel's camel was called Gaedo and was well-behaved. Nick, ironically because he is allergic to them, had a camel named Banana who kept trying to infringe on Linda's camel's space. We rode for an hour, stopping for pictures, before arriving at the Sphinx and meeting our regular guide. Rachel was very moved by the Sphinx, and not just because of its feline form and its resemblance to Lola. Something about seeing it in person, the details, the history, the excitement - it was a significant moment, and it was hard to tear herself away from the Sphinx. (If only she had known how cool Luxor is - not to insult the Sphinx, but much more time could have been spent examining the details in Luxor and less in Cairo. Luxor can be overwhelming with detail, beauty, and significance.)
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  • Day35

    Giza Pyramids & Sphinx

    June 13, 2015 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Where do I even start? Today exceeded every expectation I had! It would hands down be the best day I have had on this holiday. We went to see the Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, we went on the 'panoramic camel tour' so that we could see all three pyramids! My camel's name was Daisy and to start off we were linked together, by the end I was in control of her - I knew how to make her turn left and right, stop, walk and the best command of all was run. The pyramids
    were huge, we got to go inside of the smallest one where we had to crouch over and walk up about 45m to get inside. I just can't get over the fact that the Khufu Pyramid was opened in 2560BC and it took 100,000 men 30 years to build. It is the largest and oldest pyramid in the world, the base is 230m wide.

    After the pyramids we went to see the Sphinx it was crazy to see, it kinda didn't feel like I was actually there. It was huge, a lot bigger than I expected. It blows my mind to think how many men and how many years went in to building the Sphinx and Pyramids.
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  • Day35

    Thousand and One Night

    June 13, 2015 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    I didn't have high expectations for this place, but it was great! It is a perfumery but instead of mixing the flower's oils with alcohol to make a spray they leave it as a concentrate. The perfumes smelt incredible and I ended up spending quite a bit of money there, but I now have Egyptian perfume!

    While we were there we enjoyed Turkish coffee and the others had Shisha. It has such a chilled atmosphere, none of us wanted to leave!
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  • Day13

    Pyramiden bei Nacht

    March 8, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Zurück im Hotel erkunden wir den Pool und die Poolbar, wo wir eine (mehr oder weniger) leckere Pizza zum Mittagessen genießen. Den Rest des Tages verbummeln wir mit Koffer packen.
    Und zum Abschluss machen die tatsächlich noch das, worauf wir schon die ganze Woche warten: scheinbar nur für uns geht das Licht an und wir genießen die Pyramiden hell erleuchtet von unserem Balkon aus. Was für ein schöner Abend 😍

    Im Flugzeug erzählte uns dann noch ein Mitreisender, daß es tatsächlich ein Konzert mit Besuch des Staatspräsidenten war....
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  • Day11

    Aussicht auf die Pyramiden

    March 6, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nach der eindrucksvollen Barke geht es weiter auf den Aussichtspunkt, von dem man alle Pyramiden von Gizeh im Blick hat: Cheops, Chephren und Mykerinos. Die Pyramide von Mykerinos ist mit 62 Metern, die kleinste Pyramide. Neben der Mykerinos-Pyramide sind noch 3 kleine unvollendete Pyramiden, die vermutlich der königlichen Familie zugedacht war.Read more

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Nazlat as Sammān, Nazlat as Samman

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