Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 – Alexandria to Cairo, Egypt

  Copy of IMG_5334 Stitch Alexandria      It was a beautiful day as we sailed into Alexandria Harbor in Egypt.  We were up early as our tour with Kathy from Cruise Critics was meeting at 7 am for our overnight in Cairo.  We met everyone and our guide, Rehab, and went out to our bus.  It was almost 8 when we were allowed to leave.

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     It was about a 3 hour ride (245 km) to Cairo with one stop.  It was so worth it.  Seeing the pyramids was amazing.  You will have to come visit us to see all the pictures we took.  We went to Sakkara, the oldest ancient Egyptian cemetery, built on a desert plateau.  We saw the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser built by the engineer Imhotep.  It is the first monumental stone built structure in the world.  The Pyramid is composed of six receding terraces, one on top of each other.

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From there we could see the bent pyramid on the left in the distance.

IMG_5367 We then drove to the Plateau of Giza. 

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The only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramids and their mysterious guardian, the Sphinx, stand defying the passage of time and men.  We decided not to take a camel ride, but had our picture taken by one of the camel owners.  When asked how much to take a picture, they said whatever we wanted.  We ended up paying 4 Euros and $2. which was $8.00 total.  They did take some nice pictures.

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The pyramids are right next to the town of Giza.  You could see them from our hotel, down streets and where we had lunch.

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     We then drove across the Nile to visit the National Archeological Museum, housing the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world including the magnificent treasures of the boy King, Tutankhamun and the Mummy rooms.  No cameras were allowed. 

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It was amazing to see things thousands of years old.  There are two mummy rooms.  After the first one, I had seen enough and Ray went to the other side of the museum to see the other one while I stayed behind waiting for him.  I’m waiting and then I see Kathy coming towards me telling me Ray had a tumble.  There were 3 steps coming out of the mummy room and Ray saw only 2 of them.  He landed on his knees and rolled.  He made it to the bus, but was hurting.  We stopped at a store to pick up cartouches that some had ordered and then went to the hotel to check-in at the Le Meridian Pyramids before dinner.  We had just half an hour.  Of course our room was at the end of the hall.  Ray took a couple of Aleve and we were off.  It took about 45 minutes to get to the Maxim Restaurant on the Nile for our dinner cruise.  There were belly dancers, twirling dervishes and singers to entertain us.  Ray had beef, I had chicken.  It came with rice and ?.  There was a salad bar, but we were told not to eat anything raw or that was washed, so I just took cheese.  They had bread.

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On the way back to the hotel, we made a stop at a pharmacy and Ray got a cream and some pills.  The guy working was a pharmacist from PA.  Ray slept with ice under his leg.  He said it was the back of the knee that was bothering him.  We borrowed a wheel chair to get to the room.  The hotel would not let you do anything on your own.  I guess the guys want their tips.   The hotel is beautiful.

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