Magic Moments – Our Trip to the Pyramids of Giza

I have been very fortunate that I have been able to cross a few destinations off of my bucket list and one of them was The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

 

After spending three Christmas Holidays in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in sub zero temperature we decided a warm holiday would be a pleasant change, so in December 2009 we headed off to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt.  The holiday itself did not turn out to be all that I had hoped and I have very mixed emotions when I look back on it.

 

Negative memories aside we did get to visit the Pyramids which was something I wanted to do since I studied Ancient Egypt in school.  The journey itself from Sharm El Sheik to Cairo was long, difficult and quite frankly pretty dangerous but as we approached Giza and got our first glimpse of the pyramids over the buildings it made it all worth it.

The top of the Pyramids over the buildings

By the way the Pyramids are not in the middle of the desert like you imagine.  The busy, bustling city of Giza extends almost to the foot of the Pyramids and to the paws of the sphinx.

The boys in front of the Sphinx

It was quite an experience walking around theses vast, ancient structures and I fell totally awestruck being so close to something so huge and so old with so much history and mystery around them. Amazingly we were allowed inside the Pyramid of Khafre to climb right up inside to the burial chamber.  Now I’m not entirely sure we should have been allowed to do that but what you quickly learn in Egypt is that there is always someone there with their hand out trying to take your tourist cash and you can get pretty much anything you want as long as you are willing to pay for it!

 

Hubbie climbing up to the burial chamber in Kafre’s Pyramid

 

The inside was cramped, hot and a little claustrophobic  but it was one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ moments that you have to grab with both hands and do it.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Magic Moments – Our Trip to the Pyramids of Giza

  1. Notmyyearoff

    Wow I would love to see these one day. I’ve heard some bit are a bit tourist trap-y but then what place isn’t? Must have ben awesome to see them for the first time!

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  2. Jaime Oliver

    I think you and i are on the same wave length, hubby and i were discussing exactly this 3 days ago as he has been and i havent and he was saying they are located smack in the middle of a town.

    Thanks for linking up honey with #MagicMoments

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  3. Mary @over40andamumtoone

    I am so sad when I watch the news about Egypt these days. I was and am, mad about all things Egyptian and was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks there in 1990/1 over Christmas and New Year with a customer and their family. We had an amazing time in Cairo, I can see the difference in the Pyramid photo from my visit to yours – the city just keeps growing and encrouching on the ancient sites.
    We also went to Luxor for a week – an amazing trip, I feel so sad that it is becoming more and more dangerous to visit, what was a beautifully cultural country

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  4. Mum

    Haven’t seen those pics before Lou. Wizzo went there 2 months ago and is planning to go again in May next year, trouble is limited to certain areas, but still sad to see and not sure the powers that be realise or appreciate what history they have.

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  5. Jane

    I hear many mixed reviews about visiting the pyramids and I must admit it’s not on my list of things to do but I’m glad you got to cross it off of your list. I also think you are very brave to go inside one. A real moment to remember :0)

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