I hear you crying out, oh dear reader. “You were in Egypt TWO MONTHS AGO!” you scream, “…. where are the Pyramids?!?!”
Well fear not, faithful follower, because that time has come!
I did indeed make it to the Pyramids in Giza, as part of a daytrip to Cairo from Hurghada. I’d been told by a number of travelers that having heard so much about these big piles of brick over the years they might not stand up to the hype.
I’m happy to confirm, then, that I was a fan. Sure, there were tons of touts. They were mostly friendly, though, and willing to trade jokes once it became clear we wouldn’t be exchanging souvenirs or going on any camel rides.
Sure, they may not be the MOST incredible things in the world. These are after all just a bunch of stone blocks heaped in a relatively organized pile. Given the context and history, though, how can you not be impressed?
Even the Sphinx spoke to me (well, he didn’t actually SPEAK as I didn’t make it to the Sound’N’Light show). I was however disappointed to learn that the apocryphal story about Napoleon blowing it off with a cannonball was just that: a legend.
I even resisted the urge to climb, which despite the warnings and illegal nature was proven to yield some incredible photos by a group of Russian travelers a while back. You should google this if you haven’t seen it, but suffice to say I’m jealous^10.
At least I got my time at the Pyramids. Due to current events, too, the tourist crowds were amazingly thin. All too soon, though, it was time to head back to the airport for my return to Hurghada.
I was in Cairo and Giza working as a photographer with GetYourGuide. Though you could certainly visit all these sites on your own, it was actually pretty efficient to have the car/driver to do it all in one day. If you want to know more, I was on this specific tour: Hurghada Cairo Daytrip by Flight.