Giza & Cairo
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Our first stop of the day was at the famous pyramids of Giza. Here you could easily walk back and for to the bases of the two largest pyramids, those of Cheops and Chephren. It wasn't that much of walk to get to the Pyramid of Mycerinus either. From the two larger pyramids, the Sphinx is not really viewable. It isn't far away, but it is down in a valley at a level lower than the pyramids. We took the bus over to see the Sphinx where you can also see the three pyramids in the background.
The vendors here are very aggressive and try to put things directly into your hands to signify a transaction has been made.
After Giza we went to the Sakkara Country Club where we immediately boarded 4x4 Range Rovers for a trek through the Sahara. That ride was a lot of fun at least if you enjoy roller coaster rides. We would go flying over dunes and crashing into the sand with jarring jolts all while not having any functioning seat belts. The 4x4's would crisscross each other making their way across the dunes while you could spot minor pyramids here and there. We often felt like we were on the verge of tipping over and our driver twice failed to clear the top of the dunes. He would have to put in reverse and use the momentum from the previous dune to make it over the next one.
After lunch we went Sakkara to visit an underground tomb that contained remarkably well preserved and detailed hieroglyphics. We also visited the first step pyramid. Then we went to the Papyrus Institute in Cairo to learn how papyrus is made. You could buy many elaborate paintings on papyrus here.