Posted by: kmgib | December 2, 2008

A Trip to Egypt: Part II Cairo and Alexandria

After we went to Luxor, that night we flew to Cairo. We got in very late. We didn’t get to our hotel until after 1:30am. An interesting thing about Cairo is that all of the women are covered head to toe, and many have full face masks with just holes for their eyes. I only saw a handful of women who did not have their heads covered. I wore a long dress with a short sleeve blouse over it, and I still felt out of place. I am glad that I did not wear traditional American clothing. dsc02619 The next morning we were up at 5:30 to see the Pyramids and Sphinx. It was amazing because you are driving in the busy city and you look right, and there is the Great Pyramid of Giza. On the other side of the Pyramids is desert. dsc02519 The Pyramids are larger than you can imagine. One block on one level of the pyramids is bigger than I am. I could barely fit the camera into a picture. dsc02515 We went inside one of the pyramids, which was crazy. It is very cramped, and you have to walk up a steep incline with your back bent at 90 degree angle. You walk up half of the pyramid, and when you get to the top, you reach this room that is no bigger than 20 square feet with a tomb in it. We then drove to the other side of the Pyramids and rode camels. dsc02528 Then we went to the Sphinx, which is also huge. Everything was just massive. It is so well preserved too. We had lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the pyramids. dsc02536 We also went to the Mosque, which was built by the same architect that built the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. dsc02580 dsc02593 We also went to the Bazaar, which is an incredible outdoor market. I bought t-shirts made from Egyptian cotton for $2. It was so much fun. There was everything you could imagine: spices, mini pyramids, decorative boxes, sheets, shot glasses, clothing, and more. dsc02560 The next day we went to Alexandria. The women here were considerably more “modern,” if that’s the right word, than the women in Cairo. Several women did not have their heads covered. We saw many people swimming. The men were nearly naked, but the women were swimming in their full body coverings, head scarves and all. We also saw the largest column in Egypt. dsc026271 We then went to the Library of Alexandria, which is a new library with a lot of highly advanced technology. dsc02630 That is my trip to Egypt in a nutshell. It was a once in a lifetime experience. It was so incredible.

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