The Pyramids, the Sphinx, Papyrus and Memphis

When we stepped out of the front door of our hotel in Cairo, we could SEE the great pyramid across the street! (What??)

It felt more like we were on a movie set in Hollywood. The pyramids are iconic so it was bizarre to be in the middle of a big city and see the top of it peeking out.

We climbed on the buses to go to the site as it would be far too crazy to attempt walking across the busy street (let’s just say that the “rules of the road” are just suggestions over here!).

We enjoyed climbing part way up the great pyramid, crawling inside one of the smaller ones (the tunnel is fairly narrow), taking lots of fun pictures, and watching and/or riding camels.

A unique start to the day, that’s for sure.

We later visited a store that makes and sells papyrus paper and art. Papyrus is a very durable writing material made from a reed that gowns in marshy areas around the Nile. We watched demonstrations of the cutting and weaving process used to make this durable paper and had the option to purchase some beautiful paintings.

On to Memphis (and I don’t mean Tennessee). Memphis is an outdoor walking museum that features large statues and other stones carved in hieroglyphics. But the main attraction is the statue of Ramses II – it’s quite impressive.

We have continued to enjoy some great food and each other’s company. And we are thankful for the driving skills of our bus drivers maneuvering through this bustling city 😉

More adventures tomorrow.

Until next time,

Some interesting trivia about the great pyramid:

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
2. The Great Pyramid is the most accurately aligned structure in existence and faces all four cardinal points of the compass
3. The pyramids were originally covered with limestone casing that reflected sunlight and made the pyramids shine like a jewel
4. The interior temperature of the pyramids is constant at 20 degrees Celsius, which equals the average temperature of the earth
5. The ratio of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s base to the height is close to the Golden ratio