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For every traveller Egypt is a must. Also for me. It is an open museum for monuments an acient culture. In 2006 it was time for me to visit this ancient country. Because of violation in Sharm el Sheikh a month earlier, the country was not overcrowded with tourists during that time. So we could easily visit every attracktion this country his to offer, with the only disturbance form Egyptian sellers.
After a flight with Austria Airlines of 4.5 hours, first from Amsterdam to Vienna and than from Vienna to Caïro, we arrived. I travelled with a group of 12 people with an Egyptian travel guard who had lived in Holland for some years, so he also could speak Dutch. It was not very wise to travel this country all by myself what I in Europe sometimes do, because this country is so different than Europe! In Caïro we immediately saw we were in another world.
Giza is much older than Caïro. Almost 5000 years Gizeh was the burial place for the royal capital Memphis. In less than 100 years the Egyptians build 3 piramid complexes which served as graves for their death kings. After the death of the kings or pharao's from the 4th dynasty, they were buried at the Gizeh piramides. The Gizeh piramides are build for the kings Chefren, Mycerinus and Cheops.
After 5000 years the piramides are still a world wonder. It is the only old world wonder what survived. We were amazed to see these enormous piramides who are standing there for 5000 years. Also the Sfinx is a must see. Off course, there are much souvenir sellers between the piramides to try to sell you lot's of things. Also it was possible for us to visit one of the piramides inside, but our guide told us there is not very much any more to see in it.
After lunch we went to visit the Egyptian Museum in Caïro. This is also a must. A half day is too short to see everything. Taking pictures is forbidden, but you can buy lot's of books, even in Dutch, for a low price just outside the museum. Off course, the highlight of the museum in the mask of Toetanchamon. An because there were very few tourist, we could just walk to it and admire it.
At night we had dinner in the garden of the Oberoi Hotel. Under the stars and the lighted piramides of Gizeh. That's heaven.