Day 282

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Day 282… My opportunity today is to head to Giza to visit the Pyramids if I wish. And I sooo wish. So let’s go! They are awe inspiring things as we get to explore the Pyramids up close: the Pyramid of Khufu (The Great Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). From a distance Khafre’s pyramid looks larger than Khufu’s, but this illusion is due to the structure being built on higher ground. When they were built they were covered in gleaming white limestone – now most of the casing stones have been removed but I can still see some on the apex of Khafre’s pyramid.
It’s also possible to go inside a Pyramid and Indianna Jones it up! We also get to see the majestic Sphinx lying in wait to guard the Great Pyramid of Cheops… just spectacular stuff!
Then we grab lunch before heading out to the 3rd biggest museum on Earth. With thousands of exhibits, it’s easy to lose myself in the Egyptian Museum’s many corridors – but imwill be damned if i don’t see the Tutankhamun rooms, where the famous golden death mask of King Tut and his gilded sarcophagi are displayed. Jaw droppingly stunning stuff. We also visit the super creepy Mummies Hall at Egyptian Museum… rooms where dozens of Pharoahs and Queens (& a few animals) are lying there wrapped in … well.. wrappings with faces exposed (also in some cases with eyes painted back on, adding to the overall zombiepocalypse feel of the place)!
Finally my leader gets us all back in time at our Cairo hotel to travel together to Giza station. The travel to Aswan is aboard a sleeper train with fold-out beds (approx 16 hrs). The two-berth cabins are comfortable and air-conditioned. All bedding is provided onboard by the porter. Western-style toilets are located in each carriage, and an included dinner and breakfast are served on board! Some of the nicest overnight trains i have been on so far!

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