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The Egyptian Museum

   I should have named this blog "Egypt at 120 kph" because of the rush trip that we made in 1 day. That is how fast our driver was going all day. We were working on an old steam ship, a tramp steamer, and had taken a load of cargo to the Egyptian Army in Alexandria. We were in port for a couple of days and our section has days off during port watch work days so 5 of us hired a car and a driver to take us to Cairo and to the Giza Pyramids. We worked all night then got off at 7:45 am, took a quick shower and left the ship with our driver at 8am. The driver had a small Peugeot station wagon and with 5 of us plus the driver it was a bit crowded expecially since two of us were big men.

The Egyptian Museum ticket
This driver really flew in that little Peugeot and when we  finally arrived in Cairo the traffic was really wild. I was riding in the front seat beside the driver and several times I just closed my eyes especially when we entered a traffic circle or round about.

   It took us a few hours to reach Cairo and the first place we went was the National Museum. It is a very historic place and had a lot of security surrounding the building. After the visit to the museum, we stopped at several shops where we were expected to buy souviners. Finally we made it to Giza after stopping to eat for the first time all day and we were scheduled to ride a camel out to the pyramids and Sphynix. We rode to the base of one of the large pyramids first and took a lot of pictures. It was getting late in the afternoon because the driver kept stopping at these "gift" shops so we did not have time to look inside of the pyramids and Sphinx where it was possible.

The Egyptian Museum
Soon the pyramid police came over and told us to leave so we headed for the Sphynix. Again there was little time and we did not get to go inside the area that is open but by then I was so tired after no sleep all night or day that I didn't really care. Now I wish I had been more insistant about getting there earlier. But it is not a place I would like to go back to again primarily because of all the hassles with our driver and the other people we met trying to sell us things.

    After we left the driver still wanted to take us to more shops so we made him find a place to buy us some beer before we would go inside any of the shops. I am happy I went but would not like to return.

    Some things to remember if you go, find out before you pay how many places you are going to "have" to visit before you get to the pyramids, get some local money yourself and don't let the driver/guide pay for everything and then charge you double at the end of the day, find out the closing times of the places you are going to visit, make the guide tell you what is extra cost and what is included.

The Egyptian Museum
We were told we had to ride the camel and it was included but then we were almost forced to pay an extra $20 afterwards. Plus we had an extra guide at the pyramids who wanted an extra $20 and on and on. Just beware!

 

bigmac993 says:
Yes it was a wild ride but we never saw an accident!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2013
H_85 says:
Hahaha the traffic part was funny! unfortunately we have lanes drawen on the streets but loooks like they are not belongs the cars!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2013
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The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum ticket
The Egyptian Museum ticket
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum wall plaque
The Egyptian Museum wall plaque
The Egyptian Museum inside photo
The Egyptian Museum inside photo
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Photos were not allowed of the di…
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The national museum from across t…
Mosque near the Egyptian Museum
Mosque near the Egyptian Museum
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Vehicle traffic gate leaving the …
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The expressway from Alexandria to…
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Egypt at 120kph
Egypt at 120kph
Flowers in the desert!
Flowers in the desert!
Entrance to one of many developmen…
Entrance to one of many developme…
On the road to Cairo
On the road to Cairo
Wow an American vehicle!
Wow an American vehicle!
Arabic writing on the truck.(so wh…
Arabic writing on the truck.(so w…
What a load!
What a load!
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Famous mosque in Cairo
Famous mosque in Cairo
Cairo street and many billboards
Cairo street and many billboards
Cairo street and billboards
Cairo street and billboards
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Cairo street
Self photo with a street sign in t…
Self photo with a street sign in …
Cairo street
Cairo street
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
Crossing the Nile
Crossing the Nile
The famous Nile River!
The famous Nile River!
Inside one of the souviner shops. …
Inside one of the souviner shops.…
Cairo street with the Giza Pyramid…
Cairo street with the Giza Pyrami…
Ouside the restaurant with the Giz…
Ouside the restaurant with the Gi…
Outside the restaurant with our dr…
Outside the restaurant with our d…
Getting on my camel. Poor camel, I…
Getting on my camel. Poor camel, …
Poor camel. He stood right up and …
Poor camel. He stood right up and…
Yeeee haaa!!!!!!!!!! Giddy up Clyd…
Yeeee haaa!!!!!!!!!! Giddy up Cly…
On the way to the pyramids
On the way to the pyramids
On the way to the pyramids
On the way to the pyramids
On the way to the Sphinx
On the way to the Sphinx
On the way to the Sphinx
On the way to the Sphinx
On the way to the Sphinx
On the way to the Sphinx
Going to the Pyrimids
Going to the Pyrimids
Heading to the Sphinx
Heading to the Sphinx
Clowning with one of the cadets
Clowning with one of the cadets
I like this shot.
I like this shot.
Standing next to the pyramid with …
Standing next to the pyramid with…
Standing next to the pyramid
Standing next to the pyramid
Standing on the side of the pyrami…
Standing on the side of the pyram…
Standing next to the pyramid
Standing next to the pyramid
Duhhh! Sleep? Who needs sleep!
Duhhh! Sleep? Who needs sleep!
The pyramid police ran us off as i…
The pyramid police ran us off as …
Heading to the Sphinx
Heading to the Sphinx
Leading Clyde and one of the cadets
Leading Clyde and one of the cadets
I got tired of riding and let one …
I got tired of riding and let one…
Heading for the Sphinx
Heading for the Sphinx
I like this shot.
I like this shot.
I never realized it was so rough a…
I never realized it was so rough …
Giza Pyramids
Giza Pyramids
Trying to hold up the Pyramid.
Trying to hold up the Pyramid.
I like this shot also.
I like this shot also.
The famous Sphinx - body of a lion…
The famous Sphinx - body of a lio…
The famous Sphinx
The famous Sphinx
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My profile picture
Nothing like a cold Egyptian beer …
Nothing like a cold Egyptian beer…
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