Off to see the Pyramids, The African Adventure !!

Off to see the Pyramids !!
Our second day in Cairo and were off to see the Pyramids, we’ve hooked up with Caroline and Suzanne whom we’d already met and two new guys from Canada, Alex and Jan, Suleman is our guide and our first stop is the bank to make sure we’ve all got Egyptian pounds !!
Next stop, The Pyramids of Geeza, impressive sight even from a distance but when you get right up close they are huge !! We paid the extra and went inside the largest, very narrow and long uphill ramp until you reach the burial chamber, damn that was incredible, nothing prepares you for the stunning simplicity and the sheer size. It’s also amazing just how smooth the walls are and how large the stones that make up the space, especially the ceiling, the span is immense !!
We also went to the plateau where you can see most of the pyramids and if you like up you can ride a camel, no thanks, been there, done that !!
I did manage to get a few of the silly photos, me with the pyramid in my hand, me eating a pyramid etc, also got one of me and the guard 😉
Next up the Sphinx, again, seriously impressive especially when you consider how long ago it was carved and therefore how long it’s survived even if it has lost it’s nose ! More photos before were back on the bus, we were expecting to go straight to the museum but as per usual there was the sales pitch, this time it’s a perfume factory / shop ! All very pleasant I’m sure but when we told the guy what we were doing, cycling to Capetown I think he knew there would be no sales 😉
Lunch is our next stop and we chose the buffet, good choice as it happens, a wide variety of food on offer and very tasty it was too 😉 we didn’t hang about to long as we were anxious to get to the museum, we did however stop at the square where the revolution kicked off and took a few photos, burnt out buildings etc, all very edgy at the moment hence our security guard complete with machine pistol under his jacket, nice to know that Egypt takes its tourism so seriously !!
Finally we made it to the museum where our guide gave us a fantastic potted history of Egypt while all the time we were itching to get to the Tutankhamen exhibit. We got there eventually and boy was it worth it, the amount of artefacts they pulled out of that one burial chamber was enormous and some of them are incredible. The workmanship is fantastic and I’m sure there are people today who wish they could replicate it, the colours, design and intricate detail are hard to put in to words, suffice to say I was impressed !!
Two hours or more at the museum was all we had time for, it would take weeks to see all the exhibits and to read all the cards but we had to get back to the hotel, we have a riders briefing tonight, it wouldn’t do to miss it !!
A great day out and a fantastic start to our African adventure 😉
Goodnight

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About John Chevis

I'm a forty something single guy who spent far to long depressed, but luckily for me I found an answer in the form of exercise !! I started running and cycling on a regular basis and now two and a half years later I'm cycling the world !!
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