The Scam and the Pyramids
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May 10th, 2008 – by: marcelfahle
Because after quick stop at a so-called Papyrus-â€œMuseumâ€œ, which was basicly nothing else then a shop for cheesy papyrus art including a quick and entertaining explanation and a commission for our hotel if we buy something, the driver brought us to a friend who is organizing camel tours.
So, we did the camel tour, and our first impression was not the best, because the Giza plateau is kinda placed in the middle of a not so charming suburb of Cairo, full of horse stables (Scam-City ;))
But in the end it was great for us. Seeing the Pyramids, the Sphinx and getting some flair of the desert was just great. Cheops and Chephren, the two big Pyramids, are so massive. That impressed us very much and we did a lot of cool pictures and video shots.
Later we found out, that the current price for a tour like this is around 4-5 times lower than what we paid.
After that we drove a bit more south to Saqqara, where we had a quite good lunch in a garden restaurant for 55LE each (8 EUR), before heading to the step pyramide, the oldest stone monument in the world. There weâ€™ve learned our second lesson: Everywhere are signs, that you canâ€™t take photos inside of the tombs. So far, so good. Now imagine a charming guy, whoâ€™s wearing some kind of a uniform and insists that he works there and makes us a tour for free. Still good. While entering the tombs, he was always acting like your best friend when nobodyâ€™s around and is whispering that you (because of the deep friendship) can take a few pictures, but you have to hurry.
But besides of that, it was a very interesting monument with a lot of tombs and interesting egyptian mural paintings and stuff.
After a quick stop in Memphis, watching some old sculptures including a very impressive one of Ramses II we drove back to the hotel. More soon.
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