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The day we got there…

August 29, 2008
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We flew from Heathrow and arrived at Cairo Airport about 5ish their time I think – they’re just 2 hours ahead. We checked into The Sofitel Maadi Towers, a pleasant enough city centre hotel. It wasn’t flash but it was fine as a resting place for the nights.

This was the view from the balcony though – so who’s complaining?!

First view from the Hotel Room

That would be the Nile. Yes! THE Nile. So – you know, the fact that the hotel was not exactly the Four Seasons didn’t matter so much.

Whilst we were in Cairo – we went to visit The Pyramids of Giza

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Can you see it?

I see your point.

pipsqueak.

I know it’s hard to be impressed at someone else’s holiday photos but this is just awesome. BN (not the one in the Police Uniform!) is actually standing at the bottom stones of the 1st Pyramid. They are just absolutely awesome. Amazing. Breath taking. The most amazing thing is when you stand next to them and realise that people built these things. No cranes, no labour saving tools of much consequence, no machinery. Just people with mud ramps and arms and legs basically.

It is just awesome. This one took 25 years to build (or 27 possibly I can’t quite remember). They started it when the Pharoh (Seti I think) came to power.

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The Panorama. This view is so under achieved by photography I think. It’s just stunning. They look so small and distant. And they’re not. They’re imposing and sinister at the same time as being tranquil and beautiful. The mist you can see is a sand haze. We spent most of the time in Cairo with really sore noses and then realised when we went to the Pyramids at night and took a photo, that the sand was literally everywhere. Hanging in the air. It causes havoc with your sensitive little nasal passages I can tell you!

The sad thing about Egypt and their tourist attractions is the litter. The tourist attractions are so accessible. You can go right up to everything, touch everything, experience everything. Nothing like anything you can do here – Stone Henge for example. The problem with this is that there is litter everywhere. Evidence of humans everywhere. Evidence of our utter disregard for beauty, everywhere. Which is astonishing to say the least, when you find it at one of the ancient wonders of the world, where clearly people have come to admire beauty.

Very sad.

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And OMG – The ants. They are mah-hoosive!!

The Sphinx was astonishing – even perhaps more so than the Pyramids. Hard to explain. But here is something carved out of one block. That’s been standing there for 4000 years or so. It’s astounding and I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. Maybe it’s just as simple as it’s a face.. not sure but I do know that the pictures just don’t quite ‘bring it’.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2008 8:09 pm

    BN’s just corrected me! It was Cheops not Seti – I knew that – dammit!! 🙄

  2. August 30, 2008 12:37 am

    Funnily enough I did a talk on Egypt last week at the childrens school (I went there when I was 15, egypt that is) and was showing the exact same photos to the class saying the exact same thing about litter and pee! and camels. Camels everywhere.
    xc

    mrs hojos last blog post..The Power of Three

  3. August 31, 2008 2:49 pm

    Yes! Camels everywhere – and they don’t exactly smell the greatest do they!!

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