Egypt
Nazlat as Sammān

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  • 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

  • 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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  • Day3

    Ägyptisches Museum Teil 2

    February 21 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Im zweiten Teil gehen wir in den ersten Stock,
    dort ist das Grab der Tutechaman ausgestellt.

    Sehr beeindruckend.

    Danach geht es zum Hotel und wir lassen den Abend bei einem Glas warmen Wein ausklingen.Read more

  • Day3

    Pyramiden

    February 21 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Heute ist Ann-Carolins Geburtstag. Und nun geht es zur Geburtstagstour.

    Um 9:00 Uhr haben wir unseren Guide getroffen. Er hat Ägyptologie studiert, in Heidelberg!

    Als erstes ging es zu der großen Pyramide.
    Heute ist Freitag und somit sind viele Familien unterwegs. Aber es stört uns nicht besonders. Die Menschen sehen so klein aus neben diesem Weltwunder.

    Es ist einfach Wahnsinn. Seit 4550 Jahre steht Sie hier.
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  • Day3

    The Great Pyramids of Giza

    December 26, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

    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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  • Day3

    Barke des Pharao

    February 21 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Auf dem Weg zur andere Seite der Pyramide kommen wir u.a. an dem Grab Cheops- Mutter vorbei.

    Joachim steigt in das Grab, für Ann ist es leider zu steil. Unten in der Grabkammern gibt es aber nicht viel zu sehen.

    Um die Pyramide waren mehrere Schiffe vergraben.

    Eins davon ist in einem Museum direkt an der Pyramide. Dort haben sie das Totenschiff für den König restauriert. Es wurde in 1224 Einzelteile zerlegt. Es ist ohne jegliches Metall gebaut und 43 m lang.

    Beeindruckend wie gut erhalten es ist.
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