Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Zoser

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As it happened, the original itinerary for today was simply to get from Luxor to Cairo and then attend the lightshow in the evening.  However departure from Luxor was to have been much later in the day.  Due to seat availability, we’d had to take an earlier than normal flight.  Consequently, the visits to Memphis and the step pyramid, scheduled for tomorrow, were moved to today. 

We arrived in Cairo by about 8:30 and boarded the bus for Memphis. We took a ring road around Cairo to Memphis but for a very long time, traffic was at a virtual standstill.  It eventually turned out that a water main break had flooded the road, totally crippling traffic.  Ugh!

Ian had said there was little to see in Memphis and 15 minutes would do it.  The huge Ramses statue and alabaster sphinx were both worth seeing but 15 or 20 minutes did the trick.  Second stop was the step pyramid of Zoser.  This was the first pyramid and, though smaller than those that would follow, it was nonetheless impressive. 

Second stop was a carpet school where kids are taught the craft of making carpets as well as receiving a normal education education. We bought a small silk carpet and spent a long time talking to “Hany” while waiting for Marilyn to buy a huge carpet.

Last stop was the step pyramid of Zoser. This was the first pyramid and, though smaller than those that would follow, it was nonetheless impressive.


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Great colossus of Ramses II at Mem…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Me…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Mem…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Me…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Mem…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Me…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Mem…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Me…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Mem…
Great colossus of Ramses II at Me…
Camels carrying palm branches
Camels carrying palm branches
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
The alabaster Sphinx at Memphis
carpet school
"carpet school"
carpet school
"carpet school"
carpet school
"carpet school"
carpet school
"carpet school"
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Life could be worse - you could b…
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
At far left is the Bent pyramid.…
At far left is the "Bent pyramid"…
Giselas camel ride
Gisela's camel ride
Giselas camel ride
Gisela's camel ride
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
Worlds first fluted columns!
World's first fluted columns!
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
Step pyramid of Dzoser at Saqqara
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