Pyramiding Egyptian style and "Dr Sharif"...
Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
260Trip End Jan 19, 2013
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But after a quick brekky on the roof top we all squished into our driver's bunged up Hyundai. This would be our chariot for the day. Let's just hope it doesnt get too hot!
First stop was the Giza Pyramids. As we were driving along in the crazy Cairo traffic you could spot them in the distance, a really cool sight. Funnily enough our cab driver dropped us right out the front of his mates shop, and we were bombarded with offers of camel and horse tours. After some thrifty negotiating (basically just refusing to pay his price) we jumped on our horses and trotted off. Pretty sure we were on a dodgy tour as we entered from the back door and couldn't let an official keep our tickets (so that they could use the same ones again later). But we didn't care as we were just here to see the Pyramids
We continued trotting along and finished our tour at the Sphinx. Again this is not as big as I thought but this one is constructed from only the one stone so actually quite impressive. I was over the horses by now and considering 2 had had tumbles on the way to the sphinx pretty sure they needed a rest. So we walked back and again piled into our bet up chariot.
The Dashour Pyramid was next. This one you could actually go inside, so walked up and in. My goodness it was extremely claustrophobic and stuffy in there. So Gary and I were in happy snapped and out quickly.
And this was enough for us, so we asked the driver to drop us off at the Egyptian Museum, after a quick drive by of Tahir Square
As we were crossing the street just outside the museum a guy crossed with us and started up a conversation. We asked him where to eat so he showed where "he" ate, Girllion Gardens apparently where all the Museum Staff, of which he was one, ate everyday. The food was good but over priced for Cairo prices. Dr Sharif ended up sitting with us the whole time entertaining us with stories of travelling and Ancient Egytpian history. He also mentioned that he was an artist who paints on Papyrus so we should definitely check out the shop just around the corner of course. Off we went and as I am not particularly into that kind of stuff I just hung around while the others made purchases. He was then going to help us with our Sudanese visas as he just happened to know someone in the embassy (well of course he did) plus he mentioned the Lotus Flower Festvial happening tonight at the Cairo Tower which we should check out. We said our goodbyes and headed off exploring the shopping streets around wherever we where.
After the long day we were exhausted and tomorrow is a super early morning as we are driving to Luxor, so shower to get he mounds of dirt off then straight to bed.