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Great pyramid of Cheops

Wakeup was at 7:00, breakfast was at Omer’s once again and the pickup was at 8:00 for the pyramids.  Traffic was nuts once again but we didn’t have yesterday’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.  I was wrong; we made 4 stops with considerable time at each.  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.  There was a fair bit of hassling but it was not as bad as I’d heard and feared.  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.  Marilyn was the only one in our group to buy a ticket to enter and she only went in a few feet before retreating.  Third stop was for panoramic view and this was right out on the Sahara which was a treat in itself!  Lots of people were getting camel rides but not us!

The last pyramid stop was in front of Sphinx.  I was the only one of our group to approach the sphinx and I had to fight through crowds in the temple.  However, getting as close as I did was worth the time and effort.  Fantastic!!!

Our last stop of the day and of the organized tour was at a cotton shop owned by a friend of Ossama.  We bought a few small things. 

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Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
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On the great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Great pyramid of Cheops
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
Pyramid of Chephren
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Helen and Marilyn
Helen and Marilyn
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Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx
Great Sphinx
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
Great Sphinx and pyramid of Cheops
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BIG! Look at the camel in the di…
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Great Sphinx - See the red sign i…
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Voila; across the street from the…
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On the streets of Cairo near the M…
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On the streets of Cairo near the M…
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Just a tad crowded!
Just a tad crowded!
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On the streets of Cairo near the …
On the streets of Cairo near the M…
On the streets of Cairo near the …
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
From our balcony at the Marriott
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