That was a long plane ride. But now we have arrived.
But, mom, where are we? I can’t read this. We are in Cairo, Egypt now. Cairo is famous for the Giza Pyramid Complex. Let’s go to the pyramids.
First we went to a hill to see the three pyramids. Soapy’s mom and Stephanie with pyramids behind them.
It was very windy here, so ducks stayed in the traveling bag.
If we had more time, camels were waiting to take us around the pyramids. Our moms, and our Bucket Duck’s dad, visited these pyramids in the late 1990s and rode camels then. This Giza Pyramid Complex is one of the remaining original Seven Wonders of the World. Here is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids here. Built as a tomb for Fourth Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh, Khufu, sometimes referred to as Cheops, the pyramid was completed in 2560 BC. When completed, the Great Pyramid of Giza was 481 feet (146.5 meters) tall. One of the three chambers is open for tourists to visit.
Some from our group are in this line to enter the pyramid. We did not go. The tomb is empty. There is one path in and the same path to exit. The path is low, so humans must bend over to enter. Our moms did not want to go in to see the empty tomb. Today the pyramids are rough on the outside.
Originally they were smooth with a surfact of limestone casing covering these stones. At some places near the base of the pyramids you can see some of the smooth limestone casing. You can see there are venders at the pyramids.
And we did make some purchases. Soapy’s mom bought a scarf; it was windy and a little chilly today, and we bought smaller replicas of the pyramids. Back on the bus and we went to the Great Sphinx of Giza.
The sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a king. Now we will walk behind the Great Sphinx.
There are rooms behind the sphinx.
The rooms do not have ceilings, but there are several areas.
And narrower passage ways to exit.
And this was built around 2560 BC. That is really old. The pyramids are really interesting and fun to see. We hope you visit and have time to wander around the area. Maybe ride a camel, also.
I wonder what they used the rooms for?
Not really sure. Best guess was some reliious ceremony. ??? But was fascinating to see so many things that are really ancient.
This is one of those places we all know about but never imagine we’ll visit. How lucky are you to have been twice.
It really is a fascinating place. We loved it in the 1990s and though there seems to be many more tourists and restictions, we loved it 2019. Hope you see it soon. A final destination, or a stop along the way to somewhere else.
Fascinating, thank you for the tour! How did you find Cairo/Egypt? Is it a safe destination?
Have a nice weekend🙂
We liked Cairo and always felt safe. We were watched carefully. The bus driver and guides did not want us going anywhere alone. As we discovered, not even crossing the street near the Papyrus Institute. We were comfortable and had a vey enjoyable time in Cairo. Hope you visit.
Thank you, I hope that too🙂
Thanks for the pictures and commentary. I looks great and it is on my bucket list. Do you regret not going into the chambers of the first pyramids?
No. No regrets. Those that went, had varied reactions. Some thought it was wonderful. Most were not as excited. Nothing inside tomb to see and narrow walkways that did not allow people to stand up. Perhaps there are other places to enter and see more. I don’t know. We were happy to see so much from the ground. The pyramids are amazing to view.
Thanks for your thoughts.