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Feb 16, 2020 - Pyramids

Pyramids: We arrivd a day early for our OAT’s tour, so on day two, a travel day for most, we visited pyramids not covered on our OAT’s tour. Our OAT’s guide recommended a local tour group so we booked it and off we went. Our first stop was at Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first pyramid built. When a pyramid was built, a number of other structures were also constructed. The Entrance Corridor of the Step Pyramid was made of limestone from the East side of the Nile. The corridor was lined with tall stone columns. At some...

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Dec 3, 2019 - drive to the Pyramids

The leaders of Dubai have their heads screwed on straight when it comes to money management. They know that while all those petro dollars are rolling in now, they won’t last forever. We docked in a city called Sokhna, built in an empty spot in the desert with UAE funds. Today it is a huge container port handling 15% of Egypt’s trade, employing 20,000 Egyptians. Two million containers are processed annually. This high tech port scans each container rather than manually opening and inspecting them. A large, efficient tollway connects Sokhna...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Giza Plateau

After lunch at a local Egyptian restaurant, we made our way through the crazy traffic of Cairo to our next exploration. Along the way we learned that drivers pay no attention to traffic lanes, there are many types of traffic – goats, camels, donkey carts, tuk-tuks and it’s better not to look out the window!! We also learned that Greater Cairo is the area of both Cairo and Giza which are separated by the Nile River. The population of this area is around 22 MILLION people. The Giza pyramid complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the...

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Feb 20, 2018 - Giza

The Clio (our ship) docked in Ain Sokhna, an Egyptian Port in the Gulf of Suez. This relatively new port does a lot of importing and exporting to Asia. Egypt signed an agreement with Dubai to expand the port in 2015. After disembarking the ship the buses were waiting for us to clear security and to transport us to Giza. We traveled the better part of three hours on a major highway past new construction with walled cities (currently uninhabited) that are to be the new capital where the embassies and Egypt’s government are to be housed...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Great Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara

Sept. 12- Great Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara Today is the day for the Great Pyramids. It was a short trip over to the pyramids area. We had a chance to go into the Great Pyramid. Susan and I took the steps up to the entrance and then the stairs down into the guts of the pyramid. We saw the burial chambers and the areas for storing the goods the pharoah would need in the next world. The first great pyramid was built by Khufu, the second great pyramid was built by his son Khafre, and the third was built by Khufu’s grandson Menkaure. A few...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Dashur, Memphis and Camels in the desert

Sept. 11-Dashur, Memphis, lunch, camel ride We signed up on our ride in to go to Dashur. I had no idea what we were doing, but I heard “Joseph” and “Pyramid” and I thought that might be cool. Words like Dashur or Saqqara meant little to me. They mean a lot now. General note about tours generally and tour today. Everywhere we went the facilities were guarded by Tourism Police with automatic weapons. Many of them were young, not paying much attention, but at least they were there. In fact, one of them accompanied us as we walked around the...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Travel to Egypt

Sept. 10- Travel to Egypt Our travel to Egypt was uneventful. We left one bag behind at the Holiday inn and got to airport early. WE had to wander around a little bit to find the place to check our bags in, but we found it and got checked in just fine. Then it was a hike through the airport to the area near our gate. Because we were flying business class, we were eligible for one of the lounges—in this case the Air Canada lounge. This place was great. It had a nicely laid out buffet for lunch, and they had free drinks. I had two glasses of...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Day 3-Giza

After we finally left the shop we continued on to the pyramids. We got to catch glimpses of them as we got closer. I was so excited! We pulled up to them and had to get out of the bus to go through security. Then we re-boarded the bus. Sherif gave us each 20LE to tip our camel drivers. I took my epipen, camera, the tip, extra cash, and a water bottle with me. We got off the bus and were immediately hounded by vendors. I navigated my way through them and went to the camels, while most of the group purchased headdresses for 15LE. The camels...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Day 3-Giza to Aswan

The train was over 1.5 hrs late. The car we needed to get to couldn’t be reached by the station. We had to go to 9 or 10 and walk. This was very difficult since the train space was tight and people kept pushing. We finally found our car and cabin. The cabins were not marked with #’s, which caused some confusion. However, we eventually got it all sorted out. Alli and I were next to the twins and on the other side of us were strangers. The cabin was so small! I don’t know how we would have fit two suitcases. Alli and I were crawling over each...

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Oct 16, 2010 - Giza

15th October We have two days in Giza and they have been a mixture of sight seeing and work on the car as well as meeting local people. After breakfast we walked from our hotel to the pyramids which have emerged from the smog so that we now have a pyramid view room. There was a little breeze. We took a horse and trap and had a bumpy but shady ride around. Next job was to service the car - half at a garage over a pit and half in a field found for us by local car enthusiasts. The oil was changed, the hand brake adjusted and the wheel...

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Rallye Med 2010

Oct 14, 2010 - To Giza

There was time to have a quick swim in the Mediterranean as we didn’t leave until 10am to allow us all to get over the previous day’s stress and strain. We stopped in El Alamein to see the museum and then the huge War Cemetery. The latter was less formal than Knightsbridge with trees planted at seemingly random intervals. The result was very pleasing and the cemetery was beautifully looked after, as was Knightsbridge. There followed a long hot drive into Cairo where we paid for our late start by arriving in the rush hour. The Aston did not...

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Rallye Med 2010

Mar 4, 2010 - Pyramid Horse Ride

Horse Ride: We hired a cab for the day to drive us to Giza to see the pyramids. We started with an early morning horse ride to the outskirts of the pyramids. We rode through the back streets, passing small huts, camels and trash heaps. This was an amazing ride.

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Western US 2010

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