Amazing and Annoying
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Giza was as one would expect, having seen photos of the Pyramids and the Sphinx one's entire life. Seeing them in person is of course better than by photo or Discovery channel, but the touts here are quite bad and rather jaded. I actually was spit on by one hawker who wouldn't take no for an answer.
If you can ignore the touts, walking amidst the Pyramids is fantastic and it's an easy stroll down to the Sphinx although you could opt for a horse, camel or carriage ride. We entered the middle Pyramid for the claustrophobic hike to the center. It was fascinating - I'm sure the engineering types here would really enjoy it. Mind boggling when you think of the massive weight above and around. We also stayed for the light show - which is pleasant to watch under the stars.
Ed & Charlie took their first (and last) camel ride and managed to not kill themselves although Charlie got entirely too close to the back of the camel's head. Should you ride a camel, be very careful getting up and down. :-)
If you can afford it, a stop at the Mena House Oberoi has an unbelievable view of the Pyramids from the restaurant window and great food & beer (at great prices).
All told, we spent 8 hours travelling from Zamalek to Giza, touring, eating and seeing the light show. Time well spent.