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Keops pyramide - the last standing of the original 7 wonders of the world

For as long as I can remember I wanted to go to Egypt. When I thought of Egypt it was always the same place - the pyramids in Giza. There are probably no other building in the world more famous and more well known than the great Cheops pyramid the last of the original seven wonders of the world. No other building in the world got a more mysterious aura around it - with people today more than four thousands years after it was build wondering how did they do it.

 

I always imagined the pyramids to be somewhere in the dessert alone. You would need to get driving - or preferable riding a camel through the dessert. But not so. I drive from central Cairo through the traffic madness of the city right up to the Cheops pyramid - it is right there right in front of me - with the city right next to it.

Good old Kefrens head
Somehow this feels wrong. The pyramid in the middle of Cairo and I dont even have to walk 10 meters to see it. It is not like I thought it should be it takes away some of the mystery of the place.

 

I get out walk around the Cheops pyramid it is actually a bit of a walk to get all around it given its massive size. You can get inside it if you got lots of cash - I go to use the cheaper option and go into the Cefren pyramid it is not the biggest - but who cares the inside is similar and you cant really tell the difference from Cehops pyramid to the Cefren. The inside is not really all that interesting and you need to bend over to actually walk up and down the steps.

 

I go on to grab lunch at a restaurant that actually got a view at the pyramids and the Sfinx - much to my surprise the food is actually eatable despite the fact this restaurant must cater primarily to tourist who are unlikely to come back for a second meal the same place. Then a looked around the sfinx and of leaving Giza behind.


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