Gizeh Pyramids, Cairo
I really love Cairo, i miss the pyramids, the sound of car horns in the streets, the people, i miss Shisha & i really miss watching the sunset beautifully over the pyramids at dawn.
If you have never been to Cairo then visiting the pyramids is a must, also visit Cairo Museum & the Citadel Mosque.
Fondest memory: The best memory of Cairo was when i went on the Pyramids tour, i remember being in the limo & turning around the corner near the Sphinx & seeing it for the first time was breathtaking, i couldnt stop staring because it amazed me so much & it was my dream to always visit.
Also standing next to the largest Pyramid was a wonderful experience, i couldnt believe my eyes & how big it was, no photo can show just how massive they really are.
Visiting one of the Pyramids is an experience not to be missed in Cairo.
The entrance fee depends on the Pyramid to visit, but in case you decide to visit the Great Pyramid (Cheops Pyramid) is better to wake up early in the morning, otherwise it will be almost impossible to enter.
We have chosen Kephren Pyramid because it is smaller and we had less to walk inside. It was not a bad choice at all because the air inside was very hot and we got wet immediately.
For entering the Kephren Pyramid we paid 20 Egyptian Pounds (5 Egyptian Pounds = 1 USD) and the tickets can be bought from the kiosk close to the pyramid.
The Haram area is a place that most tourist will pass on their way to the pyramids,,that`s why it`s called the Haram which means pyramid in Arabic.
I first visited this area to visit some realtives of my husband who live in that place.
It is very crowded specially during the day time,cars are really jamed.
The main road is (Faysal street).
The area is filled with shops,casinos and restaurants,,it`s really packed!!!!!!
Giza used to be an individual city from Cairo,before it has become part of "Great Cairo" or as the Egyptians say(al kahira al kobrah).
It is also located at the Nile river,and it`s famous for it`s pyramids.
At Giza you will find many fancy hotels and shopping malls.
Many people think it`s the same city as Cairo,but it`s not ;-)
Giza is the Egyptian pronunciation for Jiza(Jiza is in proper Arabic pronunciation).
Why do people go to Egypt? I mean, what do they want to see there?
So that reason made us make such a long trip by bus from Hurghada to Cairo to see pyramids.
Besides we didn't thought it smart to come to Egypt for the 2d time and not to see pyramids. That's a NONSENSE!
It took us only 25 minutes to get to Giza from Cairo by bus. When the tops of pyramids just appeared I thought:"God! For us it's just a dream to come true, but they see them everydaywhen they wake up and look over the window.!"
Favorite thing: See the pyramids of GIZA - CHEOPS, CHEPHREN and MYCERINUS . The greatest pyramid belongs to PHARAOH CHEOPS . Standing at the foot of the pyramids Napoleon told his soldiers: 'Four thousands years of history face you'.
Visit Giza! You can skip everything in Egypt, but having missed the pyramids is a mortal sin. See my Giza travelogue for all the pics.
Fondest memory: Roaming around the ancient site, wandering of in the desert a bit to appreciate these man-made mountains in the scoarching heat.
The Step Pyramid Complex
Fondest memory: Around 2630 B.C., in the 3rd Dynasty, a man named Djoser-Netcherikhe assumed the throne of Egypt. He made his capital just south of what is now Cairo, The Greeks called this place, Memphis. Like all pharaohs he began making preparations for his afterlife. He assigned a scholar named Imhotep the job of building his tomb.
. . . . .Imhotep's plans would incorporate many new ideas. The building material of the time was mud brick, but this would not suit a pharaoh as mighty as Djoser-Netcherikhe. Imhotep had a radical idea, he would use stone, a material never used before in large scale building projects. Originally the plan called for a mastaba tomb, a design the Egyptians had used for centuries. Imhotep had a better idea, he began stacking mastaba on top of mastaba until he realized the design of the Step Pyramid. It was a shape the ancient Egyptians recognized as the legendary mound of creation that had risen out of the primordial ocean of chaos. It was also the shape of things to come. For almost 1000 years the pharaohs built pyramids as their eternal resting places. Abandoning them when they realized that under these giant monuments of extravagant wealth, they could no longer protect their afterlives from plunder.
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We've been to Cairo twice. The Pyramids and Sphynx are awesome sites.
Remember it is a tourist spot so peddlers will come from everywhere. Enjoy the sites first, then bargain for souvenirs.
Stay in site of the bus parking.
Visit the Cairo Museum. It is amazing.
Fondest memory: The history of the site.
avoid the husslers at Giza Pyramids... they have certain give aways like:
1- "come and buy some beautful perfumes..."
2- "u want 2 ride camel !"
3- "original papyrus made by (za) pharoes"
just believe in your lonely planet guide and keep the cairo cab number handy (19155)
Peer at mysterious face of the Sphinx.
Fondest memory: After dusk one can see an extraordinary action next to the Sphinx! The statue is said to be speaking about the history of Egypt in different languages. And besides, there is wonderful illumination. Unfortunately, I did not see it myself... But those who visited were in delight.
by the way, we were a little bit surprised when we needed a bust to get to Sphinx as it turned out to be that it is situated in 2km-s away from the Pyramids :D
I mean, that it's different thing on pictures ...lol :D
See the GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA & SPHINX (considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World!). Without doubt this is the centerpiece of Cairo & focal point of anyone's journey to Egypt.
Fondest memory: The marvelous thing about the Great Pyramid is not so much the look of the structure but the very fact it was built manually & the unexplainable architectural techniques of this ancient wonder.
Food for thoughts: How did the Egyptians moved 3 million cubes of stones each weighing at least 2 tons & installed in a structure almost 150 meters high?
Walk around the Great Pyramids of Giza, check out every stones & reflect on its magnificence & the ingenuity of the Egyptian people.
(1) PYRAMID OF KHUFU (CHEOPS) - 137 m high, 2,350,000 cubic m of stone blocks, this is the biggest of the 3 pyramids.
(2) PYRAMID OF KHAFRE - 136.5 m high, 1,660,000 cubic m of stone blocks.
(3) PYRAMID OF MENKAURE (MYCERINUS) - 66 m high.
Fondest memory: Some of my tour companions have fun 'galloping' on those camels & perhaps trying to haggle for a 'good price' with the camel owners...