The Pyramids at Giza…Realizing a Dream!

This was a day unlike any other.  We had gone to sleep the night before, cruising somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea off of the coast of Israel.  When we awoke, we were in port in the country we had always dreamed of visiting, but in all honesty never thought we would.  This is the story of our day in Egypt to see the Great Pyramids of Giza!

As Giza is not on the Mediterranean Sea, we were docked in Port Said.  After clearing customs, we hopped on a bus for our guided tour.  Our tour guide was a very friendly guy who knew how to keep us at ease and entertained.  The other parts of the drive in were not as relaxing.  First, as we departed, the last person to hop on the bus was a man in a suit that was carrying two guns.  This was protection for us on board the bus…our thoughts were protection from what?  Then we headed out into Port Said as a convoy of buses (seven in total), and to our surprise the man in the suit was not our only protection.  Spread amongst the seven buses were three or four trucks filled with police officers carrying some pretty serious weaponry.

Egypt - Escorts

Last, any side roads in Port Said were blocked to traffic while we travelled through, so that the buses would not have to stop as they traveled through the entire city.

Egypt - Port Said

However, we made it through with little worry (except maybe the driving of the Egyptians being a little wild, our tour guide put it best when he said they are not so much laws of the road in Egypt, but more like guidelines)and continued on our exciting journey.

Our first stop of the tour was not in Giza, but instead at the Pyramid of Imhotep.  As we learned, this pyramid was actually constructed 300 years BEFORE the pyramids of Giza (wow).

Egypt - Pyramid of Imhotep

At the entrance to the pyramid, there are some of the first columns ever built.  In one of the tombs we were able to enter, we got a great look at some Egyptian hieroglyphics.  We could not believe our luck.  The drawings were so intricate and we found ourselves in awe at seeing this ancient “language” first-hand.
Egypt - Pyramid of Imhotep ColumnsEgypt - Pyramid of Imhotep tombs









Following our visit to the pyramid of Imhotep, we made our way toward the Great Pyramids at Giza.  Our first glance of the pyramids came as we drove through the city of Cairo towards Giza.  Towering over the city from behind, the three peaks of the pyramids stood majestically in the sky.  Our mouths dropped at the sight…this was it…we were really going to the Great Pyramids of Giza!!!

Egypt - Pyramids of Giza

The bus took us up to a panoramic viewpoint above the pyramids for us to get a nice view (otherwise we wouldn’t be able to get all of the pyramids into one picture).  Here we were, standing looking out at the Great Pyramids with our own eyes.  We were positively giddy!  Of course I had to complete the Egypt experience, so I hopped up on a camel at this location to say I have ridden one.

Egypt - Camel

From the viewpoint, we made our way down right next to the pyramids.  Here you get a true appreciation for the work put into the pyramids, as each of the stones is about six feet high and six feet wide.  How those people managed to get all those stones in place, we will never know.  An equally impressive feat is the ability to cover the entire pyramids in a smooth covering.  Unfortunately, most of this covering has disappeared, but the top of the Pyramid of Khafre still has a bit left (so make sure you don’t miss it).

Egypt - Pyramids of Giza Blocks

The last stop of the tour was the Sphinx just below the pyramids.  This work is just as awe inspiring as any of the other structures.  The intricate carving of the details of the Sphinx is something that must be seen in person.  Check out Tracy trying to “pet” the Sphinx.

Egypt - Sphinx

We LOVED being in Egypt to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and hope we will have to opportunity to see them again!  The only sad part about the whole experience is that the weathering of these great structures continues to do its damage.  Therefore, we recommend that you go as soon as you can!!

For more information on Egypt, check out our Travel Guide here.

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6 Responses to The Pyramids at Giza…Realizing a Dream!

  1. So jealous! Great photos. Still on top of my bucket list. Some day, I hope! 🙂

    debbie July 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply
    • Thanks for the compliment! We feel so lucky to have been able to see these great wonders, it is a surreal experience. Even now it feels like it was a dream and we have to keep looking at photos to remind us that we actually did see the pyramids. Hope you get the chance to go soon. 🙂

      evan&tracy July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply
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  3. Thanks to visting egypt i thint you must come again to see anther place in egypt

    gamal January 5, 2013 at 1:35 am Reply
    • Thanks Gamal,

      We really enjoyed Egypt. At some point in the future we hope we will get the opportunity to return and tour around more!

      evan&tracy January 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm Reply
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