Pyramids, Sphinx, and King Tut

Trip Start Feb 10, 2005
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Trip End Jan 05, 2006


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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Today we spent the morning at the Egyptian Museum here in Cairo. It was pretty overwhelming, packed with ancient relics of Empires past. The most amazing exhibit was the treasures from the tomb of King Tutenkhamen, the boy king. His death mask was hypnotic; I kept it in my gaze for 10 minutes because I didn't want to forget the moment. The unfortunate thing is cameras are strictly forbidden in the museum because over time they damage the exhibits. Also, with the throngs of tourists, cameras would be a major irritant.

Cairo reminds me a lot of Mexico City. Hot, dirty, polluted, but teaming with life. Over 16 million people live here in the city. That's half the population of Canada all crowded along the Nile River.

After lunch, we went out to the three great pyramids at Giza (pronounced jeeza) which were, well, all I can say is they are a Wonder of the World for a reason. You actually have to drive from them for 5 minutes to get a decent picture because they reach so far into the sky. The Sphinx is more or less in front of the three great pyramids. Cairo actually borders on the pyramids and Sphinx: the city ends and the desert begins. But if you came out of the hot desert thirsty and starving, fear not, there is a KFC right across the street. Go figure...
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