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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, il 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 ... 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
CAIRO
CAIRO
CAIRO

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

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza August 19th 2018

Today, we set out to explore the famous pyramids in Egypt. The pyramids were tombs created by Egyptian Pharoahs. The Egyptian pharoahs believed that they would become gods in the afterlife. To prepare for the afterlife they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramids tombs for themselves filled with all the things they would need in the next world. While the pyramids of Giza are the most famous in Egypt, there are more than 130 other pyramids discovered scattered throughout Egypt. One such pyramid is the step pyramid in Saqqara. The Step Pyramid in Saqqara The step pyramid in Saqqara was built by the Pharoah Djoser in 2700BC. It was planned by Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian vizier who became known for his incredible achievements. The step pyramid at Saqqara is considered the oldest complete stone ... read more
Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza
Camel Ride at the Pyramids

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza » Saqqarah October 14th 2017

Today I pigged out on pyramids. Over 300 Pyramids were built during the 3,000 year reign of the Pharaohs. Pyramids were always exclusively for burial of the Pharaoh, his wife and children. They were designed with the journey crossing through the underworld and the after life in mind. The Pharaoh was a god in human form and was therefore associated with that God, it's beliefs and practices. The art on the walls of his Pyramid of would portray him in both human and godly form, telling the story of who he was (all good) and the things he did during his life. The ART on the walls, ceilings and corridors of his Pyramid and temple would portray him in both human and godly form, the HIEROGLYPHS would write his name and tell the story of his ... read more
Gelael my Egyptologist guide and Sahael the driver of my personal tour bus.
The Bent Pyramid shape clearly visible in profile
At the base of theisPyramid clearly visible, the underlying material of cut blocks

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza March 4th 2016

Still trying to figure out a route and what to do or what to skip in this country…why am I having trouble you ask? Mainly because I was not supposed to plan this part of the trip. I was supposed to be an accompanying passenger with a friend who didn’t make it over. So I didn’t look up any information about anything in Egypt expecting him to keep his word and bring the plan (including my own up to date guide book I lent him). Soooooooo off to the pyramids of Giza today to see what kind of shit can go wrong…Well….it was supposed to be a simple 1 Egyptian Pound (1/8th of a dollar) to ride the subway allllll the way to Giza (a suburb of Cairo) and then a simple ticket purchase to wander ... read more
the camels name was lucky...the driver was probably mohammed lol
tour with a viiiieeewwww
entering a pyramid...creepy!!!

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Giza May 24th 2015

I set my alarm to wake me up at 6:30AM so I would have time to shower and eat breakfast before our bus left at 7:30AM. Unfortunately the alarm didn't work and I ended waking at 7:15AM and quickly getting dressing and rushing to reception. I settled my bill with hotel reception and dropped off my luggage in the one room they had arranged to store our luggage. Everyone gathered at reception including 2 people who had arrived the previous night. So we were a full 20 people now. We left at 7:30AM for the pyramids. There are 4 pyramids that we would visit that day. The steppe pyramid and than the 3 great pyramids at Giza. The cost of entry was 160 Egyptian pounds and you pay that in cash to the tour leader. He ... read more
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