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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza January 2nd 2024

The promise of a visit to the pyramids and some camel action managed to rally our youngest patient out of bed and into our bus. Obligatory stop at the papyrus shop to see their very naff produce but we did get an interesting demonstration of how it was made. In the road again for the quick trip to the pyramids. First stop was Cheops where we clambered up the outside for a different perspective but decided not to go inside after being tombed-out in Luxor. So we headed to the overlook where our ships of the desert awaited to relieve us of all our ailments and a considerable sum of money. Saddled up and prepared supplies for the arduous 30 minute trek into the Sahara. The little known healing properties of camels on previously debilitating coughs ... read more
Hooray it’s still standing
Not the cheesiest shot we took today
That’s the money shot

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza January 1st 2024

So, despite the lovely view and the potential of fireworks (of which our neighbours were proving plenty), we didn’t quite manage midnight…but set an alarm for 5 mins before. The hotels and houses in front let off a few…not the Opera House but not too shabby. We decided on a lazy morning to give Beeb some more recovery time, and then headed in to Khan El Kahlili for some lunch. Another delicious serving of juices and some tasty chocolate filled things gave us some energy for perfume buying and general wandering. But there’s only so many conversations one can have about ‘best price’ before it becomes overwhelming, so we jumped in an Uber and headed to the Egyptian Museum. It’s in a state of flux as the new museum in Giza is “opening” but no one ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza December 31st 2023

Catch the overnight train she said! It will be fun she said! What could possibly go wrong?! We had a nice relaxed start to the day before we packed up and were collected for our lunch on the felucca. Some serenity being towed along the Nile but quite different to Aswan. Delicious lunch. The serenity ended as we had to get motored back to Luxor due to lack of wind. Back in the bus and headed to the valley of the Queens. We were all keen to see Nefertari’s tomb as she was Ramses most beloved wife. She was Nubian in origin and considered a beauty. Entry was strictly controlled which was great as it meant that there weren’t many people. We were all absolutely amazed - it was just awesome. The girls particularly liked the ... read more
Because she is very beautiful. With Hathor, the cow, and also in a weird relationship with Horus.
The snake and jackal, so beautiful
Ugh some tomb history

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza October 30th 2023

Another bucket list day today. Up early and off to the pyramids to beat the crowds. First thing was to go into the Great Pyramid of Cheops circa 2700 BC. Phenomenal! It was an achievement to go all the way into the burial chamber. Initially I had a bit of a panic and turned back but then recovered and went all the way. It’s quite steep, quite low in parts, hot and the ramp inside is narrow. We spent a few hours walking around the site and going to the Sphinx. Later we stopped for lunch: Koshary then on the the Egyptian Museum where Tutankhamen's burial mask and sarcophagus are. There are also many thousands of other pieces and although the museum is old in style it is still makes for an amazing visit.... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Saqqarah January 23rd 2022

What a treat we had in store today! Today we got on the bus to visit the Pyramids! These are from the 4th dynasty. Whilst in the bus we learned some old Egyptian. The area we passed through is called Memphis which is a Greek name. The original name of Memphis was Menefer - Men = harbour and nefer = beautiful. To get to the pyramids we crossed to the east side of the Nile and passed the tomb for a minister from the 6th dynasty. At this time many vizirs were stronger than the kings. As we approached the Pyramids of Giza we were aware of these large edifices standing in the middle of the desert. The shape of them relates to the creation story. The world was flooded and as the flood subsided the ... read more
the Pyramids are huge (?!)
deep descent into pyramid
The enigmatic Sphinx

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Saqqarah November 19th 2021

17 nov De sa voix monotone, Eslam du Freedom Hotel me présente Mohammed, lui qui fumait déjà dans sa voiture à mon arrivée. Le jeune chauffeur travaille habituellement 6 jours par semaine pour l'agence, mais m'avoue rapidement qu'il en travaille plutôt 7 depuis la reprise du tourisme en Égypte. ''Many tourists now?'' que je lui demande alors. ''No. I need the money, qu'il me répondra. No work in Covid time'' Sans attendre, Mohammed actionne la voiture et puis, sur un coup d'accélérateur, nous injecte dans l'horrible trafic du Caire. Tour Privé: le chauffeur m'amènera aux trois sites des Pyramides dans la capitale aujourd'hui (Sakkara, Dashur et Giza) ''No Group Tour because of Covid'' que m'avait bien spécifié Eslam du Freedom Hotel (je croirai que c'est pour faire travailler plus de chauffeurs plutôt. Bref.) Dans les rues, ... read more
En route pour Sakkara
Sphinx
Giza

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Mohandessin November 15th 2019

Just as bad as a Europe flight to get here....22hrs in total...change at Dubai and then 4hr flight to Cairo. Our driver was there to meet us and it was quite easy to get out of the airport. Driving from the airport Cairo looked just like I imagined....concrete jungle of apartment blocks....that look like they should be condemned and look like they are falling down, crazy traffic most of the way, dusty with a dust haze over the city but quite mesmerising with all the sites and sounds, people going about their daily life. We came a day early to Cairo before we join our tour group for the main tour of Cairo, train sleeper overnight to Luxor and then a 4 day Nile Cruise down to Aswan, a day trip to Abu Simbel and then ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza September 29th 2019

Our first morning in Cairo, we had the first of what turned out to be daily incredibly early wake up calls. The reasoning was twofold. First, it would avoid the worst heat of the day and, second, it was supposed to give us a head start on the heavier crowds. It succeeded on the first account, but on the second it seemed to fail miserably. We always seemed to arrive at the most crowded time, and everyone seemed to leave around the same time. After a couple of experienced I began to wish we'd set out a little bit later and have some time to ourselves at the monuments. We were told that the main season hadn't started yet. I hate to think what it is like in the middle of the heavy tourist season. Anyway, ... read more
The Great Pyramid
Giza Plateau
The Great Pyramid

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza March 22nd 2019

Well today was our visit to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx amongst other things. We had seen the pyramids from our hotel but nothing prepares you for their size. Our Egyptologist Hassan explained and showed us the cuts on the bedrock and the process of how they were built. The Great Pyramid believed to have been built as a tomb for the pharaoh Khufu is the only remaining one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still intact. It was the tallest building in the world for over 3800 years and took over 20 years to build. There are an estimated 2.3 million blocks, some weighing 800 tonnes. It was originally covered in limestone casing stones some of which can be seen at the base. The changed topography of the surrounding land due to ... read more
Taken in the spot emulating the Aussie soldiers photo
The Giant Pyramid
shows the smooth encasing that once covered the whole of the pyramid

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza October 13th 2018

15:08, quelque part sur le Nil entre Louxor & Assouan. La caresse du vent vient éclipser l'étreinte du soleil. Je suis heureux. Cela fait maintenant trois jours passés sur la terre des pharaons, à réaliser un énième rêve de gosse: partir à la découverte de l'Égypte , pays qui m'a fasciné depuis tout petit. Pour découvrir ce pays qui reste potentiellement risqué, j'ai préféré ne pas partir à l'aventure tout seul avec mon sac à travers le désert, mais suis passé par le biais d'un groupe à travers un voyage organisé. Ca m'inquiète un peu parce que j'ai toujours voyagé en mode backpacker, et avec ce voyage organisé, je risque de perdre le degré de liberté et de flexibilité que le voyage en solo permet. Mais attendons un peu avant de sauter directement au bilan. Apres ... read more
Le prince d'Egypte
Ce tombeau sera votre tombeau
Sphinx




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