Old & New Buildings & Miles of rubbish

Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
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Trip End Oct 18, 2009


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

 12 Sept
 My Dad's 92nd birthday today I hope he has a good day. Up at 6am the 8 of us on our table are going together on this trip to the Pyramids, we all got on the same coach No6 at 7am the coach finely leaving the wharf at 8-10am while we were waiting the traders were flat out selling everything, i bought a "tea towel head dress" for 4 euros. The 27 coaches drove the 200 miles to Cairo thru what could only be called a rubbish dump in the desert, with lots of plastic bags & bottles dumped at the side of the road and in the middle between the roads.There are a few nice houses but lots of hovels with the top not finished and sky dishes attached to the re-enforcing rods poking out this is because you do not pay tax on an unfinished building so non are finished. Growing in the fields were sesame seeds, Mango & Dates. We arrived in Cairo at 11 am and the rubbish was a lot worse, dead horses, rubbish & thousand of plastic bottles in the canal. We finally got out of the coach at 11-33 at the Pyramid site and we all thought they would be in the middle of the desert but no just on the edge of a town called Giza. The great Pyramid of Cheopes (147mt high) is the soul survivor of the 7 wonders of the world. The second largest called Khafre with the cap on, I took lots of pics here. One was the police arresting a camel operator for bribing Chris & Margaret. We then drove to the plateau were you get sweeping views of all three Pyramids here a got to ride a camel for 5 euros but Lorraine was worried we would miss the coach our I would loose the camera, what don't trust the Arabs??We then drove further around to the Sphinx were a got some good pics but parted with US$1 for an Arab man telling me were to stand to get the best pic!! anything for a buck.!!!! Lunch was filled rolls and fruit which some of us gave to the beggars.Back on coach by 3-15 to go to the Egyptian Museum were we were just a few of thousands, our guide Sohaila was a very good guide and we saw the "highlights". Then of to the J W Marriott for a late lunch or high tea (had to observe Ramadan) we had a nice meal then back to the ship more rubbish and poverty was evident on our trip back, one 8 seater van had 15 people inside it. a small flat top truck had collided with a power pole spilling all its load of eggs on the road what a mess.A few miles further down the road a truck & trailer lost its load salt bags everybody just seem to stand around and look not doing anything, not a care in the world.Now with the onset of darkness the city looks quite nice with all the coloured lights for Ramadan, for the last 5 miles or so we had a police escort, what for we did not find out.We got back to the ship at 7-35 and then walk thru a bazaar were we were hassled to buy anything for a 1 euro, one "old Aussie" couple complained to the ships Maitre Di  Rui he just happened to be the first man they saw, we are 80 and should not have to put up with this inconvenience, I mean why are they on the cruise if they cannot handle other cultures and how country's work.Back in cabin by 8-10 after long queues at security
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