Monday, October 18, 2004

Cairo Day 6: October 13th : We celebrate our 11th monthiversary by visiting the pyramids in the morning, then a papyrus museum, then board the overnig

Today we spent the morning at the pyramids of Giza. I’m happy that David and I went there on our own since we were able to walk around the largest of the pyramids that was not covered in the tour. We also entered a tomb in an adjacent pyramid.

This time our tour began by going into the smallest of the three tombs. For 20 Egyptian pounds we took a 15 minute walk into and out of this pyramid. The walk into the burial chamber is a very long, very narrow ramp with two way traffic. David did very well by not bumping his head. When we got to the level where the burial chamber was, I went scurrying into a room and picked up a small pebble of limestone. Then we went further down into the pyramid to the main burial chamber. It was not an impressive room. Everything has been removed and it is just a chamber with a curved ceiling. After climbing out of the pyramids, we joined Ron, Sue, Bruce and Kathy for a walk around this pyramid. We were able to identify the three queen pyramids behind the pyramid we entered. David paid a little money to climb one of the queen pyramids and got some fantastic pictures of the three giant pyramids. I went to the end of a long strip of land and was able to film the three queen pyramids (One of which David was on), the three Kings pyramids and another 3 queen pyramids. Apparently all pyramids in Egypt have 3 queen pyramids (one for a queen and two for daughters of the king). Over all there are over 90 king pyramids in Egypt, each with 3 queen pyramids.

We spent the entire morning looking at the pyramids from different locations and taking lots of photos. We ended the morning with free time in the location where David and I went. This time we entered the area where the mummified the Kings that were kept in the pyramids. This building is located beside the Sphinx. We were able to get closer to the Sphinx this time.

From pyramids of Giza, we went to a papyrus museum. There, we learned how real papyrus paper is made. The artificial paper is made from banana leaves. The papyrus trunk is cut into strips and then they are soaked in water over night so that the sugars can come out of the strips. Then these stripes are arranged on vertically and one horizontally until a square sheet is made. This sheet is pressed and dried. Real papyrus can be washed and reused. You can also squeeze it when it is wet and lay it out to dry and it will become smooth again. This papyrus museum had many examples with art on them that you could purchase.

Then we asked the bus driver to take us to the same restaurant that we went to as a group the first night. Everyone wanted to go back there again since the restaurant that our tour guide took us to yesterday was terrible.

We had a few hours to ourselves to email, clean up and then board the bus to the train station to Aswan. A 12 hour train ride along the Nile. It should be an adventure.

WE will email more soon.
Veronica and David

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