13.04.2007 - 15.04.2007
One of our Spanish friends we met on the ferry to Aqaba, Erica, met us at the train station and we stayed with her while we were in Cairo but we had also booked a hostel just in case, which came in handy for the rest of our trip as we had picked that hostel as they were recommended for the tours they can organise. We ended up heading to the hostel the first night to chat about trips and ended up booking a tour to the Pyramids. We also ended up booking the rest of our trip to Luxor with them as well.
Next day was the trip to Dashur, Memphis, Sakara and the Pyramids, which turned out to be a really long day but totally fantastic. Dashur was impressive but I got a little claustrophobic so I stayed outside while Cat went in. Then we went on to see the museum at Memphis, Memphis is said to be the true home of the Pharaohs. The museum had some lovely carvings and sculptures.
Then on to the Pyramids. WOW, they are totally amazing. I think it took me the whole 3 hours we were there to realize that I was really here. We were going to go into the great pyramid but were told it would be very claustrophobic so we opted just to go inside the second one instead, which was a little disappointing as they had taken all the stuff out of the temple and had taken it to the Cairo museum. After wandering around the great pyramid and inside the second pyramid we decided to take a horse ride up to the panoramic spot to get a shot of all 9 pyramids. The horseman tried to scam us but had no success. After we finally got to the panorama spot we took photos and headed down to the sphinx. We wandered around the Sphinx for a bit as they wee just about to lock it up when we went in, talk about timing.
That night we headed to see Khan Al Khalli, which is a big market just like all the other markets we had been to but worth looking at.
Next day was looking in the Egyptian museum of antiquities, which took a couple of hours. The Tutenkhamun exhibit was very impressive, it is had to imagine all the of the treasures in the museum were all found in his tomb. We also saw the royal mummies but King Tut’s was still in the valley of the King’s. We then headed off to see the Citadel and then a quick look through Coptic Cairo, where we went into the hanging church along with a few others. We also went into what is known as old Babylon but this turned out to be some really old buildings lived in by the locals with rubbish in the streets, really quiet filthy. We then met up with our friends for a quick coffee before heading to the train station.