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Egypt - Cairo and Giza (also during Ramadan)

The Nile delta and the Pyramids

We arrived in Cairo at some crazy time in the morning. It seemed like addresses and road names were not obvious so a taxi should've been the best solution. However, we got a taxi-man who wanted to take money we didn't have off us, for taking us to a place that he didn't think existed, on a road that he'd never heard of. So we arrived back where we got the taxi originally, E£20 lighter, and walked for 10 minutes where we found our hostel eventually.

Once again our planning let us down, as it was still early morning, with no eateries open because of Ramadan. Crackers were the best we could do, to get us through the rest of the day. It was a fab hostel with a nice view over the madness that is Cairo.

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A word of advice we received from an Egyptian man on crossing the road here, "Close your eyes, pray to Allah, and, In'sh'Allah you'll arrive alive on the other side".

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From here, we took a day trip out to Giza to see the Pyramids. There are couple of different sites as well as the Great Pyramids, so it took most of a very hot day to get through, but was well worth it!

There's definitely something up there.

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The red pyramid, which pre-dates the the Great Pyramids, is smaller but accessible through a tunnel that descends 65 meters into the heart of the pyramid.

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The Gate-Keeper of the Red Pyramid

The Gate-Keeper of the Red Pyramid


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An encounter with an old Egyptioan foe!

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Ult is either quoting Shakespeare or screaming obscenities here
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The Sphinx guarding the Great Pyramids.

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Head scrarves had to come out to keep the sun at bay.

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The Great Pyramids! Fascinating stuff!

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The next day we went to the Egyptian Museum. This enourmous place is full of artifacts and relics from Egypt through the ages. Of the 100,000 or so pieces belonging to this museum, 20,000 are out on loan to other countries, such is the demand for them.

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One of the highlights is the Tutankhamun exhibition. Photography is not allowed in here, but in case you don't know, here is an experts artist impression of the main headpiece.

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On our final night, we took a trip down the Nile on a boat to see the skyline, and be entertained, (and join in) in some local dancing.

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The options are plentiful in Egypt, so we decided to head east to the Dahab on the Red Sea. We arrived at the main bus station in Cairo, with no one to be seen, (Ramadan again!).

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Posted by ruthandult 05:27

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