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Outside the Museum in Cairo, Egypt

The previous day we met up with a local travel agency who gave us a great deal on a package deal. For around $140 American we got a day trip to Cairo which included a day pass to the museum, a meal, and the trip to see the pyramids and the sphinx, also included we got a night quadrunning trip into the desert and also a day long snorkeling trip to the straights of Tiran.  With this much money spent on the European agencies we could not of done half as much.

So as for the trip to Cairo, we had to meet up with the bus at 1 o'clock am outside of the hotel. We left for Cairo and was told that it would be around a 6 hour drive. A good 40 minutes into the trip I began to feel sick.

The Nile river
I think it was from the local Bedouin food that I ate on day two. So I had to hit the bathroom a few times on the way to Cairo and I was feeling sick in my stomach. So the whole ride to Cairo I did not get to sleep like the rest of the people.

When we finally arrived in Cairo I was quite shocked at the number of people on the streets. I did not see many nice vehicles and the ones that were nice had most likely been keyed by others. There were many people on the streets trying to make money but you could see that there were alot of homeless. There were even cars that looked like had not been touched in years just sitting on the sides of the streets.

Our first stop on our trip was to the Egyptian museum. We were only allowed to take photos on the outside of the museum as cameras were not allowed on the inside of the museum.

But inside the museum there were hundreds (probally thousands) of ancient Egyptians pieces of history. There were many sculptures and staues of ancient pharoahs and others alike. The most anticipated piece that I had the opportunity to view was king Tutankhamens golden facemask. This was an experience to actually witness the real piece and not a fake.

After the museum we had our free meal at a hotel on the Nile River. We had the choice to take a boat on the Nile for a few extra pounds or to take the bus. Of course we chose the river boat. So we hopped on the boat and once again we were shocked at the water quality of the river. There were plenty of pop bottles and trash floating in the water. Not to mention alot of the buildings on the water were so run down.

The Great Pyramid
But at least we had that experience. We finally landed at the hotel and ate from a buffet of food (good but not great).

After the food  the bus took us to a papyrus painting museum. Inside we got to see several wonderful painting on the papyrus paper and also got to see a little demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made. I tried to take a picture of the paintings but the employees said once again that pictures were not allowed. The painting here were beautiful but also came at a hefty price compared to those at the local shops.

The next part of our adventure was to see the pyramids. I had fallen asleep during the ride from the painting museum to the pyramids. I was awoken with a shrug and looked out the window astounded to be at the base of the pyramids.

These was one of the two guys that scammed us.
We proceeded to walk out of the bus and the sun was soooo hot that it was hard to withstand. The Great Pyramid was definately a piece of work to look at. We wandered between 3 of the pyramids but had to be quick since we only had a 1 hour limit before the bus left.

As we were gazing at the Great Pyramid a local man came forth and tried to give me a white cloth that goes over your head to stop the sun (I don't know the name). I refused but as he insisted it was free I took it and he put it atop my head. As I tried to walk away his partner in crime came forward with a camel and insisted on taking a "free" ride and that he takes a pictures of us atop the camel. Once again I refused but as they continued to say it was free the second man grabbed Maria and sat her atop the camel and Maria handed him the camera.

A glimpse of exactly how big each brick is in the pyramid
I do not know why but I climbed on the camel too. They started to walk us to the back of the pyramid where are tour guide said not to go as the people will steal your cameras. With this in mind I realized that the man had our camera and demanded to be let down. They let us down and I asked for our camera and the man refused saying that we should pay him. I demanded for our camera saying that I was going to get the police. He threw it back in our hands and demanded money. In the end I had to give him 30 Egyptian pounds (not too much but it was how he went about it scamming tourists).

After the pyramids we went and spent a good 45 minutes at the sphinx looking around and taking pictures. The Sphinx was pretty big but not as big as I had anticipated. Also there was a bunch of birds on the face of the sphinx (the only piece of shade around).

Flower outside of the museum in Egypt, in a small pool of water.
Also, again a man tried to scam us of some money but this time I was smarter, and in the end the man looked like he was going to punch me haha.

After the Sphinx we went to a perfume shop where all the tourists sat down and the sellers inside would try to sell the perfume to the tourists. On day 2 of our trip (the day I didnt write about) we got scammed by a perfume seller, so I paid no attention to the sellers and just made jokes. Finally after this last stop we made our trip home. This time I was so exhausted that I fell asleep for most of the ride back. 

 

JeAr says:
that experience with the camera scammers was scary. thanks for sharing. when i go there, i won't mind any sellers. all i would want is to see the pyramids and the sphinx! :)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2008
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Outside the Museum in Cairo, Egypt
Outside the Museum in Cairo, Egypt
The Nile river
The Nile river
The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid
These was one of the two guys that…
These was one of the two guys tha…
A glimpse of exactly how big each …
A glimpse of exactly how big each…
Flower outside of the museum in Eg…
Flower outside of the museum in E…
Sculpture outside the museum
Sculpture outside the museum
A few boats resting on the Nile
A few boats resting on the Nile
Large rundown hotel off of the Nile
Large rundown hotel off of the Nile
Again on the Nile, large hotel in …
Again on the Nile, large hotel in…
One of the smaller pyramids.
One of the smaller pyramids.
Long distance shot of the Great Py…
Long distance shot of the Great P…
Perched on the Pyramid
Perched on the Pyramid
Another shot of the pyamid
Another shot of the pyamid
The Sphinx with one of the pyramid…
The Sphinx with one of the pyrami…
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