So on Thursday April 1st at 7pm I set out on my latest adventure, Egypt! Travelling with me this time were two good friends, Ali & Farhad. There were no direct flights so we got one going from Toronto -> Paris -> Cairo. We had just under 5hrs in Paris and I was very very very tempted to go out into the city. Just being in the airport made me remember how much I liked the city…but we decided it would have been very rushed so we played it safe and just hung around the airport.
And you know where, the airport has some interesting places 🙂
But enough about Paris. You want to know about Egypt! Now normally when I go on my trips, I go kind of the budget way and stay at hostels. I’m getting kind of tired of that. And Ali and Farhad wanted no part of them either. Now Ali is in consulting and has built up a lot of Marriot points. He was generous enough to use many of them se were got to stay at the awesome Mariott hotel in Cairo.
The next morning we had an early start and setoff for what Egypt is known best for, the Pyramids!
There are hundreds of tourists everywhere and all around us are locals trying to sell pictures, shirts, hats, scarves, postcards, camel rides, even just pictures with the camels, everything! I’m pretty good at ignoring them and they for the most part left me alone. If you aren’t as good….well they are good and they will be persistent! Ali eventually bought a hat from them (you can see in the above pic the guy in a green shirt now has the white headgear). He got one for me too. It was really cheap, like $2 maybe when converted. BUT he paid with a larger bill and got counterfeit money in return so you do have to becareful. Also be wary of people trying to sell you camel rides before you get to the pyramids trying to tell you its hard to walk to everything. Its not hard! Theres a bit of distance between everything, but its perfectly manageable. You only need to pay for the camel ride, if you want a camel ride.
There is an entrance fee to go look at the Pyramids….although we left through the back side which is just a regular road…so I’m not sure we really needed to pay…but ah well it wasn’t much. And it is the Pyramids! You can also pay to go inside the Pyramids. No pictures are allowed inside the pyramids though. Thats ok b/c theres nothing really inside anymore. Its just a large room as everythings been taken out and sent to museums. I started heading down into the pyramid…..and then I backed out (right before the entrance) and decided to wait outside while my friends went (they were back within 10-15mins). I don’t like tight spaces and you really have to crouch and bend over and stuff when going inside and theres a big line infront and behind you and people trying to squish beside you to exit and….I took one look at the entrance and decided ya, I don’t want to do this.
After the pyramids we went to Al Azhar Park for lunch. Theres a really nice restaurant there called Citadel View Restaurant. Aptly named for its view of the Citadel 😛
After this we had sometime to regroup and pack at the hotel before we took off around 7pm or so for a 6hr taxi ride to Mt. Sinai. More on that in my next post. 🙂