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A trip to the Pyramids!

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The Great Pyramid

Today was our first day as a tour and we were going to see the Pyramids.  I had waited a long time for this, ever since I was young I had wanted to see the pyramids, I couldn’t wait.  We had a private mini bus take us to the pyramids and a guide that sounded like a tape recorder!  Our first glimpse of the pyramids was like a dream come true, there they were poking up behind the high rises.  It was hard to imagine they were so close to the city when in all the photo’s they look like they were in the middle of nowhere! All the time we were driving to the Pyramids we were listening to a full history from out tape recorder guide!  On the Plato itself we were given time to explore and an option to go inside the second Pyramid Chephren, we couldn’t go inside the large pyramid Cheops because there were only so many tickets for that one and we got there too late! So next time.

Pyramids
  Anyway for 20 Egyptian pounds we wern’t passing up the opportunity to go inside a pyramid.  Inside was a long tunnel which we had to almost bend double to walk down, it was also quite hot and humid and human traffic didn’t help. At the end of the tunnel was alarge empty chamber, we stood in the centre and tried to absorb the fact we were in the centre of a 6000 year old structure. It was amazing and something Vaughan and I will remember for the rest of our lives.  On the way back up the tunnel, Christina who was behind me was groped by a passing Egyptian male going the other way! As a female its something you have to watch.  Back up in the fresh air I wanted to get a closer a look at the large stone blocks that made up the pyramid, you weren’t allowed to climb but the tourist policeman was kind enough to allow me to stand on one for a photo.
Pyramid Chephren
  Tourist police were everywhere to keep the touts at bay which was good, it meant you could roam the site in peace.  Kimo our guide then took us to a spot where you could see all three pyramids, there was also an option to go for a camel ride which some of the group did.  Frome the pyramids it was on to our next stop the Valley Temple and the Sphinx.  Inside the valley temple were walls of stone like you had never seen them, they were actually carved to bend around corners! Each stone was aligned with such precision the engineering was incredible.  The Sphinx itself was big! And something we didn’t realise,  it had a tail!  Some local kids starting chatting to our group so I took a photo of them with us, one thing Egyptians seem to like is their photo taken with tourists!  After we had seen all we wanted to see Kimo took us to a very tasty shawarma fast food outlet just across the road from the Sphinx.
Pyramid Chephren
  After a very satisfying meal we were then taken to a Papyrus museum where they explained to us how they were made and we were then given the opportunity to purchase.  We had already done our Papyrus shopping but there were some beautiful prints.  Back at the hotel Kimo gave us another briefing about the coming days, Vaughan and I then sourced the Internet cafe,  then in the evening Kimo took us all out to a nice restaurant.

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The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid
Pyramids
Pyramids
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
See how close the city is !
See how close the city is !
The tourist police always on the l…
The tourist police always on the …
Standing on one of the large block…
Standing on one of the large bloc…
Camel rides around the Giza Plato
Camel rides around the Giza Plato
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramid Chephren
Pyramids!
Pyramids!
Camel rides around the pyramids
Camel rides around the pyramids
All three pyramids
All three pyramids
Vaughan and I on the Giza Plato
Vaughan and I on the Giza Plato
So close to the city!
So close to the city!
Tourist souvenirs cheap too!
Tourist souvenirs 'cheap too'!
Tourist Police
Tourist Police
Stone blocks that bend around corn…
Stone blocks that bend around cor…
Stone work with precision in the V…
Stone work with precision in the …
Stone work with precision in the V…
Stone work with precision in the …
The valley temple
The valley temple
The Sphinx
The Sphinx
The Sphinx
The Sphinx
Some of our group with local kids
Some of our group with local kids
The Sphinx
The Sphinx
Our group
Our group
The Sphinx and Pyramids
The Sphinx and Pyramids
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photo by: vulindlela