Seeing the sights of Cairo

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17 2010. Our tour started at 9am so another early start! We were serenaded at breakfast with 'home on the range' musak style…!

 Yassar was to be our driver for the day – his English was OK so we were able to converse and ask questions.  First stop was in Giza to a Papyrus art gallery where Mrs Hoda gave a brief history of the region and explained why the Pyramids are where they are.  We were also given a demo on how papyrus is made.  After failing to persuade us to buy any of their pictures, we set off for the Pyramids. Amazing array of  different modes of transport in the area: apart from ordinary cars, there were  camels, horses, donkeys, horse and carts,  tuktuks, and a huge number of VW camper vans converted to taxis.  

We spent a couple of hours walking around the Pyramids and Sphinx taking in all the sights, sounds and sand!  Then onto the Citadel via a bridge across the Nile, No 1 Mosque, St George's Church , and the Coptic Museum.  The Citadel is very grand sitting above the City on an outcrop of rock.  The shade we found under the trees was very welcome as we sat and people-watched.  The cacophony of  calls to prayer from the various mosques around the City, supporting the 30m inhabitants, seemed to drown out any other sounds.

From the Citadel, Yassar drove us downtown, through the main shopping area  to a local restaurant – GAD.  A good way to sample the local lifestyle and we watched the comings and goings on the street from the upstairs window.  After slaking our thirst, we were then taken to the Egyptian Museum.  It is normal to spend half a day touring the Museum – we did the quick version in 1.5hrs! Very interesting to see all the artefacts etc, including Tut’s mask and sarcophagus.

Back to the hotel by 5pm, caught up with emails, blog updates and Patrick did a new flight plan for our journey to Luxor. We were lucky enough to witness a wedding reception party sending off the happy couple with music and dancing (the dancing girls wearing candelabra on their heads and weaving in and out of the bride and groom).  Initially the bride and groom were 'piped’ into the Hotel Foyer with bagpipes – all of the ceremony being caught on film.  It had obviously been a very upmarket wedding.

Question:

-          The Pyramids are built on the west bank of the Nile from limestone blocks from the East Bank.  How might this have been done 4500 years’ ago?


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Syd Buxton on

'ello Mr Pat! You don't like my very fine papyrus? Perhaps you can be of interest in camel? Have VERY nice camel. For you I sell cheap price. You number 1 captain, Mr Pat, I sell for you best ever camel ..... cheap price! You like?

Looks like you folks are fitting a lot in during your 'down time'! Travel safe, and enjoy.

Tom on

Your tale takes me back to my Egyptian trip 9 years ago!

Have a fab time in Luxor. Karnak temple is a real treat.

Simon on

Some iconic photos on your journey so far. Just need some from another aircraft of yours flying to finish it off.

The Elliotts of Penzance send their greetings.

Alison Howe on

Am enjoying following your adventures - it sounds exhausting - you do realise that you're going to be in need of a holiday at the end of this don't you!

Sarah on

The River Nile was flooded and the stones were floated to the base of the pyramids directly from the quarries. (National Geographic)

Nicola on

Am loving following your adventure. It all looks amazing.

Gilbert. on

What a nice trip; flying and touring....
Here is a link to a construstion theory.
Sory; it's french....
http://construction.des.pyramides.pagesperso-orange.fr/croquis.htm
Clic on each "Croquis n°?" line to see Autocad drawings.
Best regards to you all.
Also :
http://www.futura-sciences.com/img/CouloirInterne2.jpg
http://www.futura-sciences.com/fr/news/t/recherche/d/la-construction-de-la-pyramide-de-kheops-enfin-expliquee_10619/
Gilbert.

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nyimasulfah on

love ur journey in egypt, i always dreaming going there, feel like i'm in another world with the mystery and the beauty of pyramid..

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