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.
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.
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!
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.