Adventures in Cairo

Trip Start Oct 08, 2007
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Trip End Dec 13, 2007


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Friday, October 12, 2007

We finally arrived in Cairo after 14 hours of flying and a 4 hour lay over in Frankfurt.  We were greeted at the airport by someone from the Four Seasons who took our passports and rushed us through getting our Visa in a very nice fashion!  The airport was crazy, people everywhere and very long lines.  On top of all of that we were surrounded by smokers.  Something I forgot about, but will try and tolerate :).  After gathering our bags we were driven in a mini van to the hotel.  The traffic here is unbelievable.  There are close to 20 million people living here and most of them have cars.  Gas is very cheap and the roads are quite dangerous.  No one stays in the same lane and if there are only two lanes painted, at least 3 or 4 cars seem to fight for position.  We did survive and the hotel is lovely and the rooms very comfortable.  One of my friends and colleagues who works at Intel is also on sabbatical and coincidentally was still in Cairo the night we arrived.  We all had the pleasure of a drink in the lobby bar.  Gail and her husband Jimmy gave us a wonderful overview of the sites and some good tips on where to eat and what to do with our free time.  It was wonderful to see a friendly face halfway around the world! 

Yesterday was our first full day here and we spent it with a wonderful guide that was arranged by an Intel friend who is one of the engineers in Cairo, Intel.  The trip to the pyramids was more breathtaking that I imagined.  They are so big and so old and so spectacular.  I think if nothing else happens, our day yesterday was worth the time it took to get here.  The Sphinx is also spectacular.  I hope you share my enthusiasm when you see the pictures.  Our time at the Egyptian Museum was wonderful as well.  We spent quite a bit of time in the Mummy room as Karen and I had been studying Egyptology for months prior to our trip.  It was fun to share and learn further with our guide, and to see the actual mummies of Ramses The Great, and many, many others.

We were all extremely tired and had jet lag, so we decided a nap was a requirement.  After a few hours, Bob and I had a wonderful American Meal at The Hard Rock Cafe.  They weren't serving alcohol since it was Ramadan, but the cheeseburger and fries was wonderful!  Our friend Karen slept her night away so I'm sure she will be hungry when she wakes up!!

Tomorrow is our last day in Cairo.  We hope to do some much needed shoppiung and spend quality time by the pool.
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junebug19
junebug19 on

Be safe & have fun!
I am so jealous as I sit here in rainy Fort Bragg, CA. I may have the ocean, but how can that compare to mummy's & pyramids?! Enjoy each day!
xoxo Erica (Karen's step-daughter)

racer
racer on

GrandMo
We enjoy reading your messages. It is fun traveling and even more fun traveling with friends.
Seems like you are having the time of your life. Good for you.
You Go girl!!!
Happiness and have fun for all of us back home.
GrandMo

mchernow
mchernow on

Pyramid Envy
WOW! Cool pix! Wish we were there! Annie said the Sphynx looks just like the Luxor in Vegas! :o) Kids! Love you and miss you, Monica

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