Cairo and the jeep safari - Egypt - 30.12.2007

......I took this trip as a guide, with a large group of tourists to celebrate the New Year's Eve 2008. I wrote my comments HERE, but it's in Romanian. The only post in Romanian.
......We were accommodated in Hurghada. And we had three optional trips. Cairo in one day, then a trip to Luxor and the jeep safari.
......The trip to Cairo started at 1am in the morning when we left the hotel to go to the meeting point of the caravan. We were about to cross the desert. All the touristic busses gather in one place and leave together. We left at 3am and we got to Cairo at about 9:30am. Long journey. The first stop was the Museum of Egyptology. Millions of tourists came there to see the treasure of Tutankamon.

The Museum of Egyptology

......There are over 100 pyramids in Egypt. Most were built as tombs for the country's Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.
......The earliest known Egyptian pyramid is the Pyramid of Djoser which was built during the third dynasty. This pyramid and its surrounding complex were designed by the architect Imhotep, and are generally considered to be the world's oldest monumental structures constructed of dressed masonry.
......The best known Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built.
......The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

Here you can see all the three piramids at Giza. Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure

...... And the Sphinx. A sphinx is a zoomorphic mythological figure which is depicted as a recumbent lion with a human head. It has its origins in sculpted figures of Old Kingdom Egypt, to which the ancient Greeks applied their own name for a female monster, the "strangler", an archaic figure of Greek mythology.

The jeep safari was among the best things that happened during this trip. The jeeps picked us up from the hotel and after a short journey on the highway we went off road. Bumpy road. and the driver hit on purpose every hole. We had a good time.

Sand and rocks. Endless surfaces of ... nothing.

This is a nomad camp. We had lunch here (food brought from the hotel). People actually still live in tents and eat almost nothing. They earn their money from selling wool and small objects they produce. And from tourism. They smile, dance and show you around for money. each coin is precious for them. As precious as the water.

This was the pet of the camp. A baby camel.
The "museum"
Not a baby anymore. it's pretty scary up there. The camel has unpredictable movements and the only one able to control it is the owner. he figured out I'm scared and he "asked" the camel to start running. Stupid man!
I won't do that again. For sure.

The the trip to Luxor followed. Pictures and comments.

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