Wakeup was at , breakfast was at Omerâ€™s once again and the pickup was at for the pyramids.Â Traffic was nuts once again but we didnâ€™t have yesterdayâ€™s tie-up.
Making the same mistake I made years ago when estimating out time at the Grand Canyon, I figured time at the pyramids would be relatively short.Â I was wrong; we made 4 stops with considerable time at each.Â First stop was great pyramid. Ossama delivered a significant history lesson on the bus then we had 45 minutes to walk around and even climb a bit on the pyramid.Â There was a fair bit of hassling but it was not as bad as Iâ€™d heard and feared.Â Our next stop was at the pyramid of Chephren. We'd been told that going into the pyramid was not a great idea; nothing to see, the passage cramped and the air hot and stale. Â Marilyn was the only one in our group to buy a ticket to enter and she only went in a few feet before retreating.Â Third stop was for panoramic view and this was right out on the Sahara which was a treat in itself!Â Lots of people were getting camel rides but not us!
The last pyramid stop was in front of Sphinx.Â I was the only one of our group to approach the sphinx and I had to fight through crowds in the temple.Â However, getting as close as I did was worth the time and effort.Â Fantastic!!!
Our last stop of the day and of the organized tour was at a cotton shop owned by a friend of Ossama.Â We bought a few small things.Â
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