It was a cold November 2010, when I made my visit to Egypt, in particularly Cairo. Since I have been a zealot of monuments and its history, I wandered about dealing with my curiosity about the Great Pyramids..
About a few miles drive from the hotel to Giza, stood the first stone constructed three most famous buildings in the world – the Great Pyramids of Giza -Pyramid of Khofu(the biggest Egyptian pyramid*), Pyramid of Khafra, Pyramid of Menkaure and alongside small Queens pyramids, on a night ‘sort of’ expedition to catch a sight of these chivalrous monoliths and explore the hidden stories of the ancient through a two hour audio- lighting presentation. As much as it resonates way – too ‘formal’ or boring, it truly wasnt. The sounds were sole mimics of the men and the womenfolks of the ancient dialogued through a story, which was a thorough piece of entertainment and learning.
* I was told that father Khofu built the triangular monolith with no thoughts of making it seem high, but son Khafra placed his pyramid on the highest spot on the plateau, projecting an optical illusion that made his taller than father khofus pyramid, although it is 33 feet shorter( um, i guess).
The next day, inspite my dot 6:am schedule to enter the Pyramid Khofu ,the even minute of the bleak chances decolorized. You see, the thing about being a typical tourist is that you have no choice than to depend on a number of latitudes including a beautiful tour guide that ofcourse did make the lazy tourist men amongst us happy almost like a quokka on six- legs looking for its feast.
I couldn’t help but notice, tourists seemed to have developed a term what you call as CPPS (customized pyramid photography strategies), it would be either holding the pyramid by your palm or a single pyramid would be in the middle of your two hands kept parallel to each other, and if its a two- player, each hand of the two component will be raised above the pyramid, in the shape of a triangle. Little did i know with due course, I did the same too .
Nevertheless, subsequent to buying the tickets to enter the Khafra pyramid,we managed to crawl down low ceilings, much with a sight of any mummy or none at all!
Apparently, all of the ‘fancy antiquities’ were kept at the Cairo museum to preserve the Egyptian treasures against being stolen,(well in the case of a mummy I wonder what one could do with it )..
The same day post the pyramids around the evening, I went about walking close to my hotel to the
Mariette Pasha street, towards the huge two storeyed, 107 halled Cairo Museum, a house to the worlds most precious antiques and statues. I ogled quite a bit around the Tutankhamen hall(at a pay) and later at its mummy to find any differences among the ones in the ‘Royal mummy room’ but in vain.
The descry of ‘Papyrus’ is quite intriguing which impelled me into buying a one of a kind ‘Nefertiti’ sewed into the Papyrus.
I retired my day with a good Egyptian seafood that included hamour and was quite a scrumptious treat added to the luxurious service provided by the hotel.
I started my next day with an English B&B with the plan of visiting some of the much talked about architecture of Egypt.
The hanging Church , a famous Coptic church with its nave suspended over a passage, with a wooden roof in the shape of a Noah’s Ark. I walked inside towards a bunch of localities having their prayers,and in most corners were a man surrounded by a bunch of day-trippers on guide tours talking about the artistic influence of the church and how it manages to hang. This, at a glance would make any passer-by have incorrect notions, that these are loving devotions assembling in groups for the love of God.
The buildings of cairo are not so pretty to look at from the outside. With my personal instinct, i suppose that this helps the localities residing in Cairo to avert tax
The hotel close to River Nile had me love my jersey cold evenings even the more, the same night we took the Nile cruise with much seen bellydancing and everyone taking a snapshot with the bellydancer, well that includes us.
They say when you visit Egypt, the one thing you shouldn’t miss out on is the desert, but considering I have lived in a desert called Dubai for 23 years, I quite perkily love the idea of missing out on deserts and camels at any place in the world;) ..
Much to a tragedy,the smell of a sore sand speculates that the tourism rate in Egypt will probably be declining in the near years because of the demonstrator chaos and what not, leaving a threat to the archaeological sites and a wait to visit later may require a bit of a chutzpah .Rather than regretting your reluctance, pack your bags and make a trip NOW because you simply do not want to be the one who missed out on seeing one of the seven wonders of the world! 🙂