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Giza Pyramids and Saqarra

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Ramses II - moved here for the new Cario Museum

Today I hired a driver and went to see the Giza Pyramids, the Sphynx and the older pyramids at Saqarra.

I don't think I can explain how incredible it is to see and touch things so old (and BIG).  We hear about them, read about them and see them on TV and in movies, but nothing can beat standing right there.  It is just amazing.

The sphynx actually is smaller than you would expect, but no less incredible.

I wandered around the 3 main pyramids on the Giza Plateau (I can only remember the name of the big one - Cheops) for awhile, taking a ton of pictures.  I then wandered down by the sphynx and took pictures around there.  Then, some local guy took me down to some old tombs near the sphynx - those tombs are everywhere.

Pyramid of Cheops as seen from the road. It's pretty amazing to be in a car and suddenly, there it is!
  These are smaller, less significant tombs, but interesteing nonetheless.  A number of them still had legible heiroglyphics.

One thing to note around the tourist attractions:  Everyone wants to help you out and are extremely friendly and helpful, but then they all want "a little something" for helping you out. They don't tell you this up front!  I caught on to that real quick when one of the policemen offered to take my picture in front of one of the Pyramids, then wanted money afterwards.  A policeman!  When you give them "a little something" they are usually offended because it's not enough!  From then on, anytime someone offered to help I would tell them that I had no money.  The usual response is "no, my friend, I do this for free!" - which means, of course, that they want "a little something"!  Apparently there is a distinction there.

Giza Plateau.
.. I would then tell them I have no money for a tip - I cannot give them "a little something".  It takes a little back and forth before they get the hint and back off.  No one really gets offended, except for one old man that called me something bad in arabic, I think. 

The 2 pyramids at Saqarra are much older than the ones at Giza.  There are additional ruins and tombs there as well.  Unlike Giza, Saqarra is still an active archeological site.  Of course, anything of real value has been removed from the areas where tourists are allowed.

I was able to go into one tomb that was filled with paintings and heiroglyphics - many still in color!  This tomb and the tomb of his wife were both amazing, and unfortunately cameras were not allowed.  I did get a couple pictures in the wife's tomb - it was underground and I was the only one there.  Don't tell anyone - I don't need to cause any more international incidents!

(UPDATE: I have tried 3 times and for 1.5 hours to upload photos and it fails at then end of the upload.  I guess I will have to try later or from Rome to upload pics.  Sorry!)

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Ramses II - moved here for the new…
Ramses II - moved here for the ne…
Pyramid of Cheops as seen from the…
Pyramid of Cheops as seen from th…
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
2nd of the great Pyramids (Cheops…
2nd of the great Pyramids (Cheops…
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
Giza Plateau.
Goofy pic of me and a pyramid.  I …
Goofy pic of me and a pyramid. I…
Looking up towards the opening of …
Looking up towards the opening of…
Heiroglyphics
Heiroglyphics
One of the nicer guys that helped …
One of the nicer guys that helped…
Some guy on a camel
Some guy on a camel
Looking straight up the 2nd larges…
Looking straight up the 2nd large…
Cheops Pyramid.
Cheops' Pyramid.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
The Sphynx.
Pyramids and sphynx.
Pyramids and sphynx.
Pyramid and sphynx.
Pyramid and sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Heiroglyphics in a tomb near the s…
Heiroglyphics in a tomb near the …
Heiroglyphics in a tomb near the s…
Heiroglyphics in a tomb near the …
Tombs near the sphynx.
Tombs near the sphynx.
Another nice guy that showed me ar…
Another nice guy that showed me a…
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
Tomb near the sphynx.
The sphynx.
The sphynx.
Pyramdids as seen from the Great (…
Pyramdids as seen from the Great …
Near the Great Pyramid.
Near the Great Pyramid.
Looking up the Great Pyramid.
Looking up the Great Pyramid.
A camel resting near the Great Pyr…
A camel resting near the Great Py…
Closeup of the Great Pyramid.
Closeup of the Great Pyramid.
Opening in the Great Pyramid.
Opening in the Great Pyramid.
Saqqara - the pyramids here are mu…
Saqqara - the pyramids here are m…
Saqqara - the pyramids here are mu…
Saqqara - the pyramids here are m…
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Saqqara.
Older pyramid at Saqqara.
Older pyramid at Saqqara.
Heiroglphics around a tomb entranc…
Heiroglphics around a tomb entran…
On the wall of a tomb.
On the wall of a tomb.
On the wall of a tomb.
On the wall of a tomb.
On the wall of a tomb.
On the wall of a tomb.
Saqqara
Saqqara
Saqqara
Saqqara
This statue is inside a sealed roo…
This statue is inside a sealed ro…
Heiroglyphics.
Heiroglyphics.
Inside Queen Titis tomb.  That bl…
Inside Queen Titi's tomb. That b…
Queen Titis Pyramid (or whats le…
Queen Titi's Pyramid (or what's l…
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