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Overnight Train back to Cairo for Mosques and Pyramids

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The train back to Cairo was an interesting one - we beat the then-current record of 24 people stuffed in one of the cabins by 12 more people - with a total of 32! Packed like sardines, we had an advantage of smaller, thin people, three of whom was relegated to sit on the overhead bin, freeing up considerable space to for more people!

Then I got sick - food poisoning. Not pleasant. Thankfully, it resolved by the time we reached Giza-Cairo that following morning.

Our first stop was visiting one of Cairo's largest mosque. Women had to cover their hair and off we were! A quick tour, history lesson, and picture taking and we were off to visit another mosque, open air with chandeliers. It was more crowded too but it has a lovely view, albiet smoggy view, of Cairo and Giza.
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We stopped by the Khalili Market for some bargain shopping and ate an awesome falafel for 50 cent! I bought two. It was delicious!

Our last stop for the day is what is considered the first Egyptian pyramid - the Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids - a step-style design by Imhotep, made hundreds of years before the Pyramid of Giza. An old necropolis, as it was a cemetery for the capital of Old Egypt, Memphis, Saqqara is a well-known archeological sites for the discovery of several royal and important figures in Old Egypt burial sites: a prime minister's tomb, a queen's pyramid, and a tomb of the son of a dynasty-founding king.

By then, a mild sandstorm has started and after a 30-minute tour and picture taking, we all gladly went back to the bus to return to our hotel for an afternoon of relaxation before dinner with our tour group and said our goodbyes. Most we will be taking the same flight back to NYC since there were a handful of East Coasters on the group.
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