The Pyramids of Giza are the world’s first skyscrapers and the last remaining wonder of the original Seven Wonders of the World. I lived in Egypt for slightly over two months and got the chance to visit the Pyramids, one of the top attractions in Egypt. For thousands of years, the Pyramids have prompted fantastic myths and legends as well as real and baffling scientific riddles. However, I am not going to talk about the history, the mystery or the grandeur of the Pyramids. There is nothing really I can add to that.
ADVENTURE TO THE PYRAMIDS
Accompanied by a couple of friends from Cairo, we arrived at the Pyramids a few minutes to noon. Thanks to Cairo’s unbearable traffic and our group’s dynamic nature in keeping time. Getting there by yourself is quite a hustle, don’t! Be part of a group. It is much cheaper. For me, I was lucky to be part of a group and I had my student card with me so I ended up paying less to access the Pyramids.
The sun was particularly unbearable and the light was harsh! Notwithstanding the harsh conditions of the day, I still had to document my adventure to the only remaining wonder of the ancient world.
There was a lot happening around me. The obligatory tour buses kept coming in with lots of tourists. Business was booming! Guys, Egypt is very safe!
From a distance, the Pyramids stand firmly over the horizon.
CAMEL OR HORSE?
You need to either ride on a camel or a horse to get closer to the Pyramids.
I had an easy time deciding what I would ride on. I picked a horse. I think horses are more sure-footed than camels although some people might dispute this. The choice is wholly yours, you may pick either.
I was already on ‘my’ horse’s back only to realise not everyone was all happy for me. A camel looked at me weirdly probably trying to figure out why I didn’t pick her.
Anyway, I understood clearly how you owe no one an explanation and I quickly turned ‘my’ horse around and set out!
My friends and I were all set for the happy adventure. Most of us picked horses.
UP CLOSE WITH THE PYRAMIDS
After the interesting ride, we got nearer to the Pyramids and I was astonished greatly at how the Pyramids were built a long time ago with such precision! The stones lay perfectly. It was quite different from what it looks from afar.
We later found out that one could enter the Pyramids. It however costs much more to enter the Pyramids and I had not budgeted for this so I convinced myself that it wasn’t worth it. I will never know.
PORTRAITURE AT THE PYRAMIDS
We got back to the starting point and took a few portraits before we headed to the Sphynx.
THE GREAT SPHYNX OF GIZA
The Sphynx is located just next to the Pyramids. It is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. This monumental statue is a national symbol of Egypt, both ancient and modern.
Having checked the two off our bucket lists, we called it a day and went back to Cairo. The Pyramids are wonderful! The adventure to the Pyramids and the Sphynx is even better! However, Egypt is more than the Pyramids!