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Published: January 26th 2013
Groan, yet another early start this morning for our flight back to Cairo. Wake up call at 6.00am, breakfast at 6.45am and ready to go by 7.15am. Ahmed accompanied us to Aswan Airport and facilitated our check-in. In fact he printed our boarding passes yesterday so we were all seated together for our flight back to Cairo. I can't remember if I recorded that we were seated all over the plane for our flight from Cairo to Luxor? Ahmed asked us if we had enjoyed our trip to Upper Egypt. When we said that we had had a great time he asked us to encourage our friends and acquaintances to travel to Egypt. We have been so well looked after here in Egypt that we wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone who has been thinking about visiting Egypt to go ahead and do it.
We were met by Amal at Cairo Airport and he asked us if we wanted to go to the Le Meridien Pyramids at Giza or straight to Dahshur. We decided that we would rather go straight to Dahshur rather than go to the hotel and then go out again later to see the pyramids at Dahshur. We
stopped to pick Shereen up on the way and then we were off again to the south of Cairo along the road to Saqqara. It is such an awful road that we really can't understand why we didn't visit Dahshur the same day that we visited Saqqara. It is only a few more kilometres and it would have saved the discomfort of having to travel along this very busy and bumpy road twice. We will have to give that feedback to Bunniks.
Anyway, after a very exciting journey that included an extremely close call call with a motorcycle powered minivan (it nearly hit us head on) we arrived at Dahshur, the site used as funerary grounds beginning in the time of the 4th Dynasty. It is here that King Senefru (father of King Cheops) built two of his three pyramids; the 'bent' pyramid with its oddly angled sides and the red pyramid (faced with red rather than white limestone) that was the first true pyramid completed. There were very few tourists at these two pyramids. We completed a circuit of the base of the bent pyramid escorted by two armed guards. I think they were pleased to have something
to do with themselves!
We could have gone inside the red pyramid, but Shereen warned us that the tunnels are very steep and claustrophobic. We asked if the interior is well-preserved. Shereen told us that the pyramid dates from the period when there were no hieroglyphics or reliefs embellishing the interior. We all decided that it sounded like a fairly unpleasant climb to see nothing much so we opted not to go into the pyramid.
From Dahshur we bounced and swerved our way back to Giza. Shereen finalised our check-in (exactly the same rooms that we were in last week!) and then bid us farewell. Out to the pool bar for another late lunch!! At three thirty in the afternoon we devoured a pizza each like we hadn't eaten for a week. We spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the blog so that everyone knows we are safe after being off the air while we were in Upper Egypt. The boat had boat cam (streaming the view from the boat to the television in the cabins), but no internet!
Steps for the day: 14,361 (9.78 kms) I'm sure that bouncy road
Tot: 2.834s; Tpl: 0.046s; cc: 34; qc: 128; dbt: 0.0805s; 2; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.7mb