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Trip Report Careful, she's on her pyramid!! P_M's Egypt/Jordan trip report

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Hello all. I have already posted this report in the Fodorite Lounge since that's where my crazy friends all hang out. :-d But I thought it s/b posted in this forum too so here it is.

BTW, for those who don't know me, I enjoy adding a silly audio trailer to all of my trip reports, sorta like a movie trailer. The trailer I made for this report is a re-make of Steve Martin's song "King Tut." Here it is:

http://www.twango.com/media/briwik.public/briwik.10002

I left for Egypt the day after Thanksgiving and I learned this is a great day for flying. The airline workers told me the airport is always empty on that date, and it’s true. The flights were reasonably on time and uneventful. It was my first time to fly Air France and I was very impressed with their service, food and free wine. I was also impressed that Terminal 2E at CDG is now smoke-free. Sadly, that would be the only smoke-free zone I would find on this adventure but more about that later.

I arrived into Cairo and a rep from the tour company met me at the airport before I went through customs. He helped me get my Egyptian visa, costing $15 then he escorted me through passport control and baggage claim. The drive to the hotel was scary, as was every drive I ever took was in Egypt. It’s scary because Egyptian drivers are insane!! Mind you, I’ve been to about 50 other countries, some of which have nutty drivers but this compares to no other place on earth. I saw no stoplights or stop signs, and why bother when they would be completely disregarded anyway. A road that was meant for 3 lanes will have 6 lanes of traffic because nobody notices or cares if there are lines in the road to separate the lanes. But this is all part of the adventure.

I booked my tour through Egypt Uncovered, which contracts with Lady Egypt Tours. The next morning I met with my group of about 10 people. They were mostly Aussies and British with one Canadian so I was the lone American. The people were lovely and all very experienced travelers. We boarded a mini-van and wove in and out of traffic and made our way to Giza to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx. We had a chance to go into the Second Pyramid, which wasn’t fun but at least I can say I went into a pyramid so I’m glad I did it. The reason it wasn’t fun is the passageway into the pyramid is only about 3 feet high so you have to walk like a hunchback for quite a distance until you get to the center. Once I was in the center I could stand up, but it was SO hot and stuffy in there, I couldn’t stay long. Also, there’s very little to see in there. Of course I had to do the hunchback walk to get out again. But that’s OK, I’ve gone into a pyramid now, so there’s a check off my “things to do” list.

We went on to visit Sakkara and the step pyramid. It was a lot less crowded and there’s a lot more to see at Sakkara than Giza. I have to say that Sakkara seems very underrated compared with Giza, and if I could only revisit one site in Cairo, it would be Sakkara. Later that evening I took a dinner cruise on the Nile. The food was OK but not great, however it was worth it to sit on the deck and watch Cairo go by.

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