We decided to take advantage of our long weekend and head to see the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt for a few days. We left on Wednesday morning and travelled until 9:00 pm when we finally reached our hotel. We stayed at the Meridien Pyramids which was 900 meters away from the great pyramids of Giza. Our view from our room was astonishing to say the least.
The next day it was up early to meet our guide, Abdul and our driver to take us to the Pyramids and around Cairo. We got to see all three of the great pyramids of Giza up close and even managed to get down into one of the tombs of the small pyramids that surround the great pyramids. We were then taken to the government stables to hire a team of camels to walk us along the edge of the Sahara and around the pyramids before we stopped at the great sphinx to get an up-close look.
After the pyramids and the sphinx it was off to a Papyrus studio where we had our family Cartouche drawn out for us and saw how the ancients created this incredibly durable paper. After a quick lunch it was back in the van to go to the Cairo Museum where we saw many antiquities, of them the most famous was King Tutankhamen's tombs and artefacts. It was a very amazing museum, one that would take you nearly a year to see every artefact if you had the time.
We were ending our day so it was time to try and find our driver who had ditched us at Tahrir Square, the scene of the Revolution of 2011, and could not be contacted. We decided to all squish into a cab and head out of downtown toward the hotel where our driver met us later. Upon returning to the hotel it was time to find some warm clothes for our Nile River dinner cruise and show. We were struggling to stay awake but managed to have a great evening watching belly dancers and live music while enjoying a delicious meal. We were looking forward to the next day where we could sleep in late and relax in our resort before rushing off to the airport with our great driver, Ahmed. A great weekend and an amazing experience to check off of the 'bucket list'.