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    Eye on the ball

    by Kookaracha Updated Aug 14, 2007

    Favorite thing: Travelling back from the pyramids on our ancient Egyptian coach we got to see the sun setting. It was the most exciting sunset I've ever seen. The sun was a big red ball in the sky and it was setting at an amazing speed. One minute it was there, the next it had just slid away below the horizon.

    A big fat red sun
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    map of giza

    by 1gorams Updated Mar 20, 2007

    Favorite thing: bring a site map with you, comes in handy for picture taking and documenting.

    Fondest memory: the unbelievable massiveness, the size of the individual stones and the perfection of lying them all together. you can't stick a knife blade between them!

    map of giza
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    The first time I saw the pyramids for real

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There I was sitting in the taxi as it winded its way towards the pyramids. I was busy looking right and left at the people on the streets. Not paying much attention to the direction the car was moving to. Then suddenly I looked forward and there they were. Looming behind a building. Grandiose. Scary even.

    I could not utter a word. I was full of wonder. Excited, I almost felt a need to puke. (I didn't)

    Was this true? Was I finally seeing the Pyramids. Yes, I was.

    WOW!!!!

    Khadi

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    The best time to go

    by sswagner Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It is my understanding that winter is preferred to summer in order to avoid the heat. I see the validity to this point, however found it necessary to come in the summer since that is the time that we have off. Actually, the temperatures found in Cairo are comparable to our own home at Fort Worth. Any time of year is likely to be acceptable for a visit, however there are better times in the day.

    Here is why I like going first thing in the morning:

    (1) Relatively few people are there. The tour buses have not arrived, so I had some nice places to myself. Also, the number of touts will not reach full strength until those buses do come.

    (2) The morning light is on the Sphinx. The Sphinx faces to the east, therefore the morning sun will illuminate it. Afternoon lighting is a bit different. If you like taking photos and are only visiting the plateau one time, my suggestion is to get there in the morning.

    (3) It is not too hot in the morning. In July, I entered the complex under partly cloudy skies and a nice breeze in places. Afternoon heat will be a much greater challenge, especially in the full sun.

    Fondest memory: Enjoying a morning stroll around the complex and having some places to myself.

    Afternoon at the Sphinx Morning at the Sphinx
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    Entering a pyramid

    by sswagner Written Jul 9, 2006

    Favorite thing: Opinions seem to be divided on this issue, but I am in favor of going in. It is true that the trip into a pyramid means crouching as you travel through a long shaft before arrving at the burial chamber with the empty sarcophagus. There are no treasures inside as they have been raided long ago. Also, the there are no heiroglyphs and other "interesting" eye catching features making the journey. On top of this, there are seperate entrance fees for going into a pyramid. Khufu, the great pyramid has a limited number of tickets for 100LE. Khafre, the slightly smaller and middle pyramid offers admission for 20LE. Why the difference in price? Does Khufu have more to see? No. It is 80LE more, because it is the Great Pyramid. It is as simple as that. I elected to journey into the Khafre portal. To me, it was a good choice. I only had to pay 20LE and gained the memory of going inside one of these things. It was worth it. Cameras are not allowed, but that is OK since it is quite dark in there. Imagine the feeling of knowing that you are deep inside such a historic place. I figured if I did not go in, curiosity would always drive me to wonder what it may have been like to enter. Therefore, there is only one way to find out...

    Those who are claustrophobic, have heart conditions, or fear the dark need to reconsider.

    Fondest memory: Feeling like an explorer while wandering beneath the structure.

    The side of Khafre
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    The Pyramids, the Stars, and You

    by sswagner Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you have an interest in both Astronomy and ancient civilizations, then Giza will certainly be fascinating. Back in the day, what we know as the belt of the Orion Constellation was thought to represent Osiris to the ancient Egyptians. Osiris was the god of death, and of course the pyramids were the resting places for three pharoahs open their deaths. The pyramids actually line up in the formation that the belt of Orion takes. This constellation with its belt of three bright stars is mainly thought of as a winter constellation, therefore it is more likely to be visible in those months.

    Fondest memory: Combining two of my favorite interests, astronomy and history.

    Constellation Orion and the 3 main pyramids Zooming in on the belt of Orion
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    the pyramid of khufu

    by aalayaa Written Jun 22, 2006

    Favorite thing: there are about 150 pyramids in giza, but the pyramid of khufu is the biggest one.
    if you see closely there are 2 entrance to the pyramid: one is the original one, and the other is the one made by the thieves.
    it took about 20 years to built a this pyramid but the workers only worked 4 months in a year since they're farmers and need to work on their farm too.
    the size of the pyramid belong to the grandfather is bigger the the father. and the grandson is smaller than the father and so on.

    pyramid of khufu
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    PYRAMIDS AT EL GIZA BY NIGHT

    by CJ_VIAJERO Written May 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: MAJOR TIP!
    Return in the evening to see the "lights and sounds" show,its informative and spectacular.
    The show is presented in English,Arabic,Spanish,German,Italian,French and Japanese,at various days/times ;)

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    Take your time!

    by balint01 Updated Mar 29, 2006

    Favorite thing: You are probably only one time at the Pyramids in your life, so take your time!

    Cairo is an interesting city, but the Pyramids are the Pyramids. So I suggest you to plan a whole day in the area, so that you can walk around, go inside, walk in between the Pyramids, or even take a camel ride (we skipped it as we believe it was too touristic over there, we would prefer to ride a camel in the real desert, but that's us...) Be sure to stop at different places for a few pictures, you will find different views as you go around!

    Fondest memory: It is really interesting to see the top of the Pyramid of Chephren as it has a part of the original covering still in place.

    balint01 and girlfriend with Chephren Pyramid

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    Local / Foreign tourists

    by travelife Updated Jun 16, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Tickets are priced between locals and tourists. The way they could verify is of course if you can talk Arabic and look Arab!

    With the tourist tickets you get 50% with a student card. In all museums and sites in Egypts, this is the norm. So carry your student ID (if you are a student ;).

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    Ticket Office

    by travelife Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: To enter the site and to get inside one of those pyramids you need separate tickets. But there was hardly any sign that says tickets or anything similar. Look for a small counter around. Sometimes its not easy if it crowded.

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    The Giza Plain

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Giza Plain is a place where everyone feels at home, in the sense that everyone has seen it so many times in pictures and on TV that it really looks familiar. True, it's a place where you get pestered continuously by the rudest people on this planet, but the place is so beautiful and peaceful that it's still worth visiting.

    Fondest memory: The sight of the three main pyramids and of the sphynx, but also of the other smaller pyramids and the burial chambers. Somehow I was attracted more by the smaller ones, since I was not expecting to see them.

    giza plain
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    Camel ride

    by Aurorae Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Many people will offer you to ride a camel or take a picture! However, they will be asking an award in return, e.g. money. And if you give them something, they will run after you and ask more, and you won't be able to get rid of them. So, if you don't think it's really necessary, don't go near the camels. Unless the person arund is friendly. :)

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    Sit and rest...

    by Aurorae Updated Jan 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: ...but beware of the striking sun!
    You can admire pyramids from the walls surrounding them, but be careful not to be striken by sun!
    And don't forget to be alert for the annoying harassers! if you manage to escape and find a quiet moment for yourself in all that mess, it would be amazing!

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    On the Camel Ride, Take Pictures for your Friends!

    by saraheg77 Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you take a camel ride with your fellow travelers, be sure to take lots of pictures of them, too, and get them to take pictures of you... then when you get home, you can email them to each other and you will have lots of pictures of your camel trip from different angles!! I was so glad to be able to send this picture to my fellow travelers and to receive some back of me on my camel trip!! Plus, this was easier than trying to get the camel driver to take a picture for you... then they might want a tip in return! :)

    The Chins & Justin
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