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Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren

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.

me and my camel
  Even the guards will pull back the ropes to let you closer to the pyramid or help you with a photo opportunity all for the hope of getting a tip.  Our tour guide gave us a very good advice about what to expect and what to avoid.

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.

step pyramid
  It takes quite a bit of skill to drive deep and sloping sand.  After quite a bit of driving through the sand, we finally came upon our camel caravan.  We then transferred to camelback for the ride back to the country club.  The camel ride was much smoother than I would have thought, but we definitely did go fast at all.  The only tricky parts was to lean back when they stand up and sit down and also when they were walking down steep inclines.  All day we were extremely lucky with how comfortable a day it was.  The sun was sometimes intense, but it was 75 degrees Fahrenheit and there was often a cool breeze.  We returned to the country club for a lunch buffet consisting of aesh baladi (Egyptian pita), dips, vegetables, chicken and desserts.

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. 

 

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Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
me and my camel
me and my camel
step pyramid
step pyramid
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff and me at Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff and me at Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff and me at Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff and me at Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff and Shannon at Pyramid of Che…
Jeff and Shannon at Pyramid of Ch…
Giza
Giza
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff at Pyramid of Chephren
Jeff at Pyramid of Chephren
me at Pyramid of Chephren
me at Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Cheops
Cairo
Cairo
Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Pyramid of Mycerinus
Jeff and Shannon and Pyramid of My…
Jeff and Shannon and Pyramid of M…
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Cheops
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyrmaid of Chephren
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Sphinx and Pyramids
Jeff in the 4x4
Jeff in the 4x4
4x4 ride through the desert
4x4 ride through the desert
dunes from the 4x4
dunes from the 4x4
Shannon in the 4x4
Shannon in the 4x4
4x4 ride through the desert
4x4 ride through the desert
transfer from 4x4 to camels
transfer from 4x4 to camels
back of my camels head
back of my camel's head
Jeff and Shannon on camels
Jeff and Shannon on camels
Jeff and Shannon on camels
Jeff and Shannon on camels
4x4 on a dune
4x4 on a dune
camel caravan
camel caravan
camel caravan
camel caravan
me and my camel
me and my camel
me and my camel
me and my camel
camel caravan
camel caravan
my camel is on the right
my camel is on the right
camels at the country club
camels at the country club
Sakkara country club horse
Sakkara country club horse
Sakkara country club horses
Sakkara country club horses
Sakkara country club horses
Sakkara country club horses
step pyramid
step pyramid
our tour guide
our tour guide
Sakkara
Sakkara
step pyramid
step pyramid
Sakkara
Sakkara
Sakkara
Sakkara
step pyramid and dog
step pyramid and dog
me at step pyramid
me at step pyramid
me at step pyramid
me at step pyramid
Sakkara
Sakkara
Sakkara
Sakkara
Papyrus Institute
Papyrus Institute
Papyrus Institute
Papyrus Institute
Papyrus Institute
Papyrus Institute
Cairo
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