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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Giza Pyramids

Written by Antoinette Marie
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       The summer while it goes by fast is a full three months and I have a checklist of places I want to travel to before it comes to an end. As I contemplate what to do and where to travel I can’t help but think of the Seven Wonders of the World and the fact I haven’t even seen one. Being a travel buff I want to see them all. The only decision I have is…which one to visit first. While they’re all appealing in their own way, Egypt and its pyramids rounds first choice.

       There are many pyramids in Egypt, over a hundred but none are as impressive as the Giza pyramids. The tours are inexpensive and well worth every penny. You’ll be able to go inside the pyramids and see how they were constructed. The insides are humid and can be a bit daunting for someone with claustrophobia. Still, the prospect of being so close to another lifetime of culture and ancient times should not be missed. After you’ve explored the pyramids, you will travel to the Valley Temple where in ancient times they performed mummifications and see the Great Sphinx; otherwise known as the guardian of the pyramids. The Sphinx is the body of a lion and the head of a king. 

       Near the pyramids are places to take camels rides. Instead of traveling by air conditioned vehicles you can ride on the back of a camel instead to see the sites. The camels will travel at dusk or dawn as it gets quite hot in the desert land. At night the pyramids comes alive with an educational sound and light show. This will be a separate tour. 

       While the Giza Pyramids are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is not the only thing to see while in Cairo. Depending on how many days you’re staying in the area you can take a cruise down the Nile. Visit Wadi Hitan protected area or the Valley of the Whales where the bones of whales can be found. Continue traveling to see the only waterfalls in Egypt. Go to Wadi El Natroun the Christian birthplace of monasticism and visit the four remaining monasteries. The list is endless to do as Cairo is filled with history. If you have time to stay and explore, Cairo will not disappoint. 



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