The Land Of The Pharaohs
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When I saw that the cheapest way home from Israel was to fly through Cairo, I jumped at the chance to go to visit the Land of the Pharaohs. I have always dreamt of seeing the pyramids. When ever there was nothing on tv I would always switch over to The Discovery Channel and sure enough they would be having some sort of show relating to the time of the Pharaohs.
On the bus from Jerusalem to Cairo, I got to know two brothers, Ari & Aaron, very well. They are two boys over from California with their father. Little did I know from the bus journey into Cairo that I would end up spending the rest of my stay in Egypt with these two boys. Though they are really nice lads and we ended up having a really great time.
On our first day we just wandered around. I set off on my own, cant really remember if there was a reason. I went straight to the Nile and had a look at this mighty river and then just randomly strolled around until I came to the heart of Cairo.... The Egyptian Musuem. I actually met the two boys on their way out.
The musuem is amazing. Thats all you can really say. So awe inspiring. To see the yound pharaoh's death mask. You could walk around for days and still not see it all.
The next morning we set off to see the pyramids. We first went to the Step Pyramid at Saqqara which is considered to be the oldest stone monument type thing ever. After this we went to Dashur to see the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid. We were lucky enough to climb into one of these. The climb is not the most comfortable.
On the way to Giza we stopped off at a Egyptian carpet making school. I didn't intend to buy anything but thought it would be interesting to see the process. We were even given the chance to give it a go. Its amazing to see how quick even that little girl was at doing it. She never stopped laughing at me.
Approaching the Giza plateau is an odd experience. So spectacular to see them off into the distance while driving through town and then getting closer and closer. The town actually stops right at the plateau right across the road from the Sphinx. Walking around the pyramids is truly an awesome feeling. If not for all the touts and beggars, we would feel that you were transported back in time. Actually, maybe the touts & beggars add to it.
Cairo is so full of history yet nothing can truly compare with seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza in real life and getting the chance to climb inside. Simply extraordinary.