I find the magic of the ancient world so fascinating. The picture of the lives of people like Cleopatra, Romans, the pyramids and the ancient beliefs that are still with us today. I almost wished I would see these great characters when we docked.
I want to take you on my journey when I first set eyes on Alexandra and then on to Giza, where the great Pyramids of Egypt waited just for me. To this day, I still can't believe I was there so to look back at my pictures, knowing this was a reality and I was really there is still a dream come true.
To ride in Egypt, you have to be awful brave or nuts. Even my Egyptian friend Ami, who goes home each year to Alexandra, refuses to drive so she gets her friends to drive her. She told me an interesting thing the other day, she said she never went to the Pyramids or saw other tourist sites. She felt almost shamed but I knew what she meant, I bet tourist to Halifax know more about my city than I do. I think we take for granted the many things others enjoy when they visit.
The kids were lucky enough to go into the 3500 year old smaller Pyramid and they said I never would have made it if I went in too. A person has to bend down too low and my knees just wouldn't let me do that. It was rather cheap as well, only about 6 Egyptian Lira. The costs to get into the Pyramids is very reasonable.
There are lots of vendors there trying to sell you items so take a moment and talk to them and purchase some things. They do like to barter so do barter. I bought a small set of the 3 Pyramids and the Sphinx for one dollar, they were asking for $10. I felt bad that I got them down to such a low price. They really depend on selling items for a living.
That night, we stayed in a 5 star hotel with our room facing the Pyramids but the next morning the smog was so bad, I couldn't even see the pool below. If you lucky enough to get a good sunny clear day, be grateful.
I hope you enjoy this post as I have so many more to post on Egypt alone. Take care all!
|Alexandra as we saw it from our ship|
|Still hard to believe we were really docking here for our amazing trip|
|Looking back at the ship as we drove away with our private tour guide|
|Even seeing the name still excites me!|
|streets of Alexandra|
|I have a friend who is from Alexandra and she still refuses to drive when she goes home for a visit|
|You really have to be tough to drive here!|
|Some beautiful buildings|
|Taxis were the same|
|Now we begin to drive to Cairo|
|We saw many unusual buildings and things along the route|
|I'm still not sure what this building is|
|Coke seems to have a big presence here|
|The desert as we drove the long miles to Cairo|
|Now we are in Giza, we can't wait to see the Pyramids!!!!|
|My absolute first look at see the Pyramids. People actually are lucky to see this every day|
|Now we are going in to the Pyramid area|
|Little Rialey all excited|
|Is this not amazing!!|
|Lalyla and Rialey looking at all the sites|
|I really love this picture of the kids with the Pyramid in the background|
|Here I am and I can't believe I made it!!!!!!|
|You can see Giza in the background. It was a good day but some days the smog is so bad, you can't see anything|
|Small crowds on their tour|
|A distance horse rider|
|They have both horse and camel rides here but watch you don't get ripped off|
|I guess they even have horse and buggy rides|
|Kids and guide walking towards the Pyramid|
|One of my favourite pictures|
|Yes, I did it! Rialey is so happy|
|I loved seeing the two Egyptian camel riders in the desert sands|
|Look, isn't this just amazing! The 3 Pyramids with the 3 small Pyramids of the wives|
|Camel owner talking to Rialey about the ride and the camels|