We just returned from seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza, and much of Egypt! This post was copied from our Egypt Trip specific blog to here. Using a newer blog with a more modern template we were able to work throughout our trip sharing all that we did in realtime from our phone. We were able to stay connected with our Skyroam Hotspot Device! Wow – pretty cool!
Here is what I posted – for your enjoyment:
In a perfect world my pictures would be in a logical order. Egypt is far from a perfect world. Our Skyroam Wi-Fi hotspot device is purchasing local Internet on our behalf and providing it to us via the device. The Internet is only as good as the Internet infrastructure here in Egypt. When it works it works very well we are pleased!
We began our day early at the Great Pyramids of Giza. I would’ve liked to just stand here in awe for a moment or so – but we had a full day ahead of us so we hustled on.. When we do this over with clients, we will move much slower, so that we can take it all in
It is quite the walk to get up close! The Pyramids of Giza are HUGE so they look big even from far away!
Watch out for the camels and carriages as you cross the road..
And now my photos are in a jumbled up order because that is how I was able to get them uploaded remember I’m working from my phone!!
This is the last photo I took for the day we were really hungry by then! Tahini Sauce – Cabbage – Chick Peas – Babaganoush! Followed by seafood soup and an amazing seafood dinner
We noticed the face painting on the sarcophagus looked like An Orthodox Icon – later finding out that the Coptic Christians were mummifying their dead in 62 AD!
We spent a portion of this day at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo – where all the artifacts that were removed from the Pyramids and the tombs are on display!
The biggest two statues were re-assembled in the building after they were found at Luxor in pieces…
The King Tut Corridor above… FULL
Looking down into the Coffin Room.
Colonial Imperialism at its finest, says the Architect!
Papyrus Grass is made into paper – then artists paint on it.
A bit of sign language and I figured out that these girls wanted their picture taken with me. We did a selfie with their phone, then mine!
It wasn’t much fun to be a ginger when I was a kid, but that too changes…. doesn’t it? I feel like a celebrity when I travel to regions of the world where blue eyed gingers are even more rare than 1%!
NOT allowed to take pictures inside the Pyramid… Can you tell? In this region of the world rules are made to be broken in the name of the almighty US dollar… most anything can be purchased. Shhhh – don’t tell! This photo was taken inside the tunnel, inside Khufu’s Pyramid. The tunnel leads to a room, uphill all the way. This my friends is the most humid place in Egypt! Having been warned of extortion that can occur for the return of a phone or camera I will admit I was a little worried but the guide was a gentleman and returned my phone without even being asked…. For that gesture he was rewarded with $10.00 I really appreciated it.
Inside the museum was all of King Tut’s memorabilia – Furniture – Papyrus Flip Flops – Gold Flip Flops – Jewelry – Chairiots – you name it, its ALL there!
King Tut – – – – – – – – – King Tut
(can you hear Steve Martin in your head yet?)
And of course when you Travel Like an Architect you stop to appreciate the drawings!
These detailed and colorful, well preserved drawings are from the Pharoic Period of 3500 BC! I wonder what the paints were made of…
The Dung Beetle is placed on the heart of the deceased to prevent them from confession of sin to the Gods in the afterlife… lol
Egyptian Port-a-Pottys in the desert at the Pyramid photo op location. Yep, Architects are amused by strange things…. I was impressed, these are MUCH nicer than American Port-o-Pottys!
Our guide Ayman did an exceptional job of explaining to our group what we would see! He has a Phd in Egyptology and so much PASSION for Egyptian History!
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This was a Travel Agent Familiarization Trip, a destination training experience. We learned a lot about Egypt! Rob and I now have first hand understanding of hotel ratings, domestic air, cruising the River Nile, shopping and money, guides and excursions, and what to expect in Egyptian Culture. We know what to pack and exactly what to do before you go! We will be compiling all of this here and in a book, so subscribe and stay tuned!
If you think it would be cool to see Egypt some day………
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