Pyramids

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up really early on October 23, 2011.  We went to get the free breakfast buffet at 6:45 am in the hotel.

We got picked up at 7:20 am. 

Our first stop was Saqqara

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Here, we saw pyramids that are falling apart.  We saw the entrance to a tomb and many others in the distance. 

I always thought it would take miles and miles of desert by camel to get to the pyramids. But, unfortunately the Egyptians have built the city of Cairo so far out. The Giza pyramids are really close by.

Then, we drove to the Giza area.  Here, we got to the see the big pyramid.  You have to pay to go inside, but it’s not really worth it since there’s not much inside. 

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We did get to climb up the pyramid while our guide took pictures of us. 

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Lil Dave wanted to slide down the pyramids.  He was on his way up when the pyramid security stopped him.  He wasn’t very happy.

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The driver drove us to a great viewing point of all the three pyramids.  What a sight!! 

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I definitely had to do the “Walk Like an Egyptian” pose with the pyramids behind.

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I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids.  They really are quite amazing.

Next, we drove to the Sphynx. It’s so sad that somebody decided to chop it’s nose off.

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What a pity! It still looks really cool especially with the pyramids right behind it.

Our next stop was the Papyrus Institute.  A lady showed us how papyrus paper was made.  Then, we had a look around.  The lady kept following me around since she gets commission.  I was just checking it out.  It was way too expensive and the art wasn’t anything special.

We went upstairs to Gohan Gallery.  Ivan and I checked out the souvenirs, but didn’t find anything good.

We were driven to Cavier for lunch.  There was a great view of the pyramids from the restaurant.  The appetizers were salads and dips.  Our main course was fish, shrimp and fried calamari.  Dessert was cheap ice cream – we only took a bite of it.

It was time to head back to the port in Alexandria.  It was a long drive back.  We arrived back at 3:40 pm.  The overnight tour was very enjoyable.  I think this is the best way to see Egypt.

Ivan and I checked out the souvenir stalls right on the port.  I couldn’t decide if I should buy anything.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I headed back to our room.  Lil Dave and I were so tired so we relaxed in the room.  Ivan went to the Sudoku Challenge.  He won again.  He won a pack of playing cards and a light keychain.

We headed to the Margarita Madness in the Mexican restaurant.  It’s cheaper margaritas at $4.95 each.  The strong margaritas are very tasty.

We took our margarita up to the jacuzzi.  We listed to the band Ocean Vibe play songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s while we relaxed in the jacuzzi.  We saw the Norwegian Jade sail off.

We went back to the room to take showers.  Ivan and I got espresso in the Atrium so we could wake up.  We’ve been sooo tired from waking up lately for the tours.

Lil Dave decided to stay in the room and watch tv.

Ivan and I headed to the Spinnaker Lounge for The Perfect Couple game.  We decided to participate for the game.  It was three couples: a young American couple (like our age, probably younger) who we saw on the Jerusalem and Dead Sea tour, a couple who have been together for 37 years and Ivan and me.

Ivan’s purpose was to make the audience laugh.  The Turkish guy was the host.  He asked each of the couples what we did when we got on the first day.  The other two had a long boring description of things they did like getting in from the airport and eating.  Ivan said we ate and then we went to our room and had some fun, if you know what I mean.

The first round was dancing.  It was interesting to see people dance.  Ivan and I were last.  Ivan started tango’ing around which I thought was weird.  At the end, I jumped in his arms.  My pants started coming down – I think I might have showed the audience my underwear.

The next round was wrapping up our partner as a mummy.  I got to wrap Ivan in the toilet paper.  I didn’t do a good job since the toilet paper kept ripping since I was trying to go fast.  The older couple won that round.

The last round was more difficult.  I was sat down with a cup between my thighs.  Ivan was blindfolded and had a water bottle between his legs.  I had to guide him with my voice to where I was sat down.  Then, once he was near me he would have to squeeze his thighs in order to get the water into the cup.  This was really hard. 

The audience got to decide who won by their applause.  We came in last unfortunately.  The oldest couple won which Ivan predicted earlier.  It was a fun game.  Ivan thought it would better to be part of the show then watch it.. and it was!

Next, we went to eat dinner and met up with Lil Dave in the dining room.  Ivan had the teriyaki tilapia while I had the vegetable lasagna while Lil Dave got the banana and chicken kebabs.

Later on, we went to the Spinnaker Lounge.  The White Hot Party was on.  The dance floor is way too small in there.  There was music playing and LOTS of guests were in white.  Some of the Entertainment staff were wearing wings.  I wanted to wear the wings!   The music was really lame.  The party was cheesy.  We decided to head back to the room to get some rest.  I was happy that we’d be able to sleep in tomorrow.

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Egypt

On the morning of October 22, 2011, Ivan and I went to pick up our passports in the lounge.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I  got off the cruise ship and headed to the port exit.  We got picked up by our guide for the Egypt Private Excursions tour at 8 am.  It would just be us on the tour.

Our guide was a nice Egyptian man.  He told us about the history of Port Said and Egypt in the car.  It was WAY too early for a history lesson.  The car ride was making me tired and I was falling asleep.  The guide noticed this and said he’d let us rest for 10 minutes and then he’d continue talking.  Ivan asked the driver to book the Nile River Cruise for us tonight.

We drove to Cairo.  Cairo is not a pretty city.  It looks very run down.  The traffic is horrible.  People drive crazy – they don’t stay in their lane at all.

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The first stop was the Citadel.  It’s really pretty inside filled with lots of lamps.

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The ceilings were quite impressive as well.

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Next, it was time for lunch.  We went to Soiree.  It was a buffet lunch which wasn’t very good.

We drove to the Egyptian Museum for our next stop.  Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside.

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There are over 200,000 artifacts in this big museum.  We saw many big statues.  We saw the tomb of King Tutankhamen and his treasures.  Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and told us about many of the artifacts.  At the end, he asked if we wanted to check out something else on our own.  Ivan told him that we’d be back in 10 minutes.  We went to check out the mummies since I wanted to see them up close.  It’s sad that the process of mummification is lost.

The driver drove us to the hotel.  We checked in to Mena House Oberoi.

Our guide said that he would be in the lobby at 6:30 pm to pick us up for the cruise.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I chilled in the room.  Ivan and I took showers.

We walked down to the lobby around 6 pm.  I walked around and took a few pictures of the hotel.

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We saw our guide in the lobby at 6:30 pm.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I boarded the car.  The journey took an hour since the traffic was so bad.  The guide told us that Cairo, Egypt should have 5 million people in it, but it actually has 23 million living there.

We got on the boat and were sat down at our own table.  The Nile River Cruise would start at 8 pm.  There was a buffet of salads and dips.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I got some salads and started eating.  There was cheesy karaoke style music going on.  It was really bad.  Ivan hoped that the entertainment would get better.

Ivan and I ordered fish for our main course.  Lil Dave was sad since they didn’t have a banana dish option – so he went back to the salad buffet.  Ivan and I ate our fish and enjoyed our red wine.

We went outside to take some pictures of the Nile River.

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The scenery was okay.

Later on, a twirler came on.  The guy twirled around for ages to music while holding things.

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He came to the tables and twirled his skirt around people’s heads.

A pretty belly dancer came on next.  She danced forever (ok, like 30 minutes) to the same song.  Belly dancing is good for 5 minutes and then it just gets old.  Ivan think it’s like strippers for the Muslims.  The belly dancer had three different songs – but the same dance.  The river cruise was alright – nothing special really.

We left the boat a few minutes after 10 pm.  We started driving back at 10:20 pm.  It was a shorter ride this time.

We got dropped off and went to bed after arriving to our room.

Source: Egyptian Museum picture

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