*Vulture**Pot**Reed leaves**Stool**Bread Loaf*

No, no I din take any of your son photos. Nooooo plz don’t mummify me. Plzzzzzzzz. {Adrelaine release and jolted awake} Uff that must be Tatunkhamun’s mother bothering me in dreams for those snaps. Which ones if asked then there is a story to be read.

After NYC, LA, Miami and swanning CHI-Town, its time for three musketeers to go international and its Musk-3 turn to choose and childhood dream flashed – The Great Pyramids. Ofcourse its dream for all of us anyways from the day Aishwarya Rai danced for Poovullo Dagunna in Jeans and the day is not far away to reenact😂

By the time we planned our 3 day trip, bought tickets and obtained visa(which is fairly very easy process) we heard two terror attacks in and around Cairo but our enthusiasm to visit Pyramids is above everything. The day has arrived and on ✈️ to Munich😀. It’s a great airport but I cannot visit even Audi Museum in other terminal even with 5 hr layover as visa restricts, so decided to admire airport haulers.

3 hour flight to Cairo and there we landed 🛩. Africa it is!!!! Yay! Received by Rico from Memphis Tours and we were thru crowded 10 pm streets and highways of Cairo to reach Fairmont Nile City. Can’t wait to kick start the trip.

Sabah alkhyr.  I tried to wish Owasis, our Chauffeur looking at my Google Translate who smiled uncomfortably and then it’s on🚐. Soon we met Mahmood our guide and we are on our way for the dream come true moment. Driving in fog, we observed houses in old Cairo built with red bricks and no paint. Mostly all of them. Crowded bus stations, heavy morning traffic, vendors to cattle on street is common in most of the countries and is no different here. Sharp turn and Le Meridien is on left and across the road is a glimpse of pyramid peak covered in fog. Mahmood informed its too much fog to visit pyramids, so we have to make Memphis museum as our first spot.

Half an hour drive in WiFi enabled vehicle  thru busy roads and we spotted donkey transport, lot of cauliflowers, green fields and a canal all the way. Oh ya woman with their gallebaya and Tommy Holliger showroom.

Memphis Museum . Tickets are arranged in advance by tours, no waiting in line and straight ahead to entrance. It is a small place of exhibits mostly with Rameses II ‘s. Mahmood explained, Memphis is destroyed by ferocious Nile river and sadly so much heritage is lost. Still we are lucky to witness part of huge Pharaoh(~King) Ramses II statue made of Albaster and relish a small Sphinx before you experience the biggest one.

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Day 1 : Memphis :: Destroyed Ramses II Statue

There is another standing Ramses II statue outside and few things to notice in most of the statues, left leg in marching forward position symbol of next life, stiff hand and fake beard.

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Day 1 :: Memphis Town

Lastly, mummy bed made of albaster. Pretty much done with museum. Starter pack. Next we visited Sakkara Carpet School. Impressive work creating fabulous silk carpets and it’s 3 months of a human work to create a large size one. So we understood they are super costly.

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Day 1 :: Saqqara Pyramid

We proceeded to first pyramid ever built – Saqqara for King Djoser. Stepping on to the Sahara desert, sand gave a foremost feel. First desert to step in to and impression that they will be all hot changed immediately with freezing wind. Observed old art along walls surrounded pyramid and those colors witnessed atleast three sousand years of life. Yes its sousand, seatre, se church here in Cairo as I hear from most of the people. ‘Th’ is out of dictionary. Back to story plz. I hear you. Saqqara pyramid did impress us with different layers and it’s definitely delight to watch such humongous architecture and we couldn’t wait anymore to watch the huge of humongous.

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Day 1:: Sahara Desert – Beautiful art on walls

Half hour drive back and we are driving in well paved roads thru desert and there it is another close sight of pyramid. It’s few steps from parking spot and not much walk in sand, we will stand in front of the largest pyramid ever built on earth. It is one of the seven wonders for a reason. People standing on first few steps look so small and we couldn’t help but awe the greatest standing ancient monuments and only existing oldest wonders until Mahmood brought us to senses explaining the history which he proclaimed that did same to 3326 visitors till date. Don’t ask me if I haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire. After quick history, we stepped on pyramid and went to the opening from which pyramid is completely robbed, so there is nothing left inside. Then we walked towards the other side of Khufu Pyramid when we spotted second largest pyramid of Khafre and very soon last and smallest Pyramid of Menkaure. It is one of the best moments to walk thru these pyramids wondering how atleast 20 to 30,000 people worked for decades to build these tombs for their Pharaohs. They sure have great talent and workmanship. We were striving hard to capture those filmy style snaps which we were seeing from childhood and then we learnt that there is a panaromic view point to capture those shots and we reached there in no time and awestruck appreciating the great monuments. Ofcourse 243 snaps 😛 along with amazing rides of camel and horse right in Sahara.

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Day 1:: The Great Pyramids Panaromic View

But still picture is incomplete and soon realized its The Great Sphinx. 5 minute drive and we were on the greatest view point every person dream of. It is worth now after all 15 hr flight and 83•F hot sun. It is a view to experience once in a lifetime. Still wonder how difficult it could be carving such a huge Sphinx out of a single rock.

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Day 1:: The Great Pyramids with Sphinx

After 154 more pics, we felt hungry and it’s Kabab wa kofta and Shawerma. Grilled food is tasty. Surprised to see Pizza Hut on the next door to pyramids. Such close are deserts occupied. Post lunch we were taken to another tours benefitted shop.

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Day 1:: Papyrus Souvenir Shop

This time it is art from Papyrus and it is extraordinary. Loved the way they create designs on paper that is so rugged yet completely natural. Best thing two designs in single piece one for light and other for night. Ended up spending some bucks but there is always a good deal only when you try to walk out after endless bargain. Musk-1 got the talent 😉. Then driving away from the pyramids is so tough that we couldn’t stand. So why not visit again and this time in style – 250cc quad bike ride around Pyramids watching sun drifting to sleep. 2 hours enormous fun steering thru sand slopes and dunes spotting the best views of pyramids. Visuals here. Finally, we are so tired that we couldn’t wait to rest. End of Day-1.

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Day 2 :: The Egyptian Museum – The only place to experience mummys

Mahmood and Owasis are ready to pick up when we are still trying great items in breakfast buffet of Fairmont Nile which includes natural honey straight from colony, Koshari, Eggah, Ful and sweets – Halwa and Kanafah. Mahmood explained the schedule on the ride and soon we reached The Egyptian Museum. The only place where we experience stored mummys( of human and animals) and the great treasure inside the pyramid of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the only intact tomb ever found. We can never imagine what could be the treasure in The Great Pyramids after witnessing the quality and quantity saved in King Tut’s tomb. Museum has various Sphinx, statues of various Pharaohs with the forward leg and fake beard, Oruglaphus script on Rousita stone, King Tut’s play games, bed, kid chair, various size of gold boxes to store all of the above items, mummys of Alligator, horse, bull and various kings and queens. Everything. Worth a visit.

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Day 2:: The Hanging Church, Coptic Cairo

Our next stop at Hanging Church oldest church in Egypt and named so as it was built over Roman fortress in Coptic(Old) Cairo. Later, we walked on tiny vintage streets of Coptic Cairo to reach few other churches including  Jewish Orthodox Church which has Islamic style art work and Abu Serga where infant Jesus rested at the end of their journey into Egypt.  History lovers will have feast. Speaking of which, its our lunch time to enjoy more sweets.

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Day 2:: Mosque in Citadel

Visiting Cairo is never complete without Mosque of Muhammad Ali in Citadel. It is such a pretty mosque and so much art within to explore. Hatsoff to ancient people for creating super architecture wonders and unexplained genius to accomplish such large sculptures completely manual labor.

Another store for souvenirs. This time to get a Cartouche, a hieroglyphic collection. Now we get the title right? Write more hieroglyphs.

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Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabets

Then visited a perfume store after all the best perfumes of ancient world came from Egypt and they sure are amazing. Mesmerizing aroma from just single drop of them. Can’t resist to spend some bucks now and seems no bargaining too. Why not experience some real bargain fun. We are off to Khan el-Khalili market. Perfect place for souvenirs. Place is filled with locals who love to talk, explain stuff and ofcourse sell things for great margin unless bargained. We brought sweets to take home and they did taste real good. Our next stop Cairo tower in Gezira island. It’s a pleasant sight to watch city’s top view. Football fields, Nile river, Tall Hotels along, Feluccas and lot of traffic. A lot. Oh lovely sunset and is that the ship we are cruising for dinner? Nile Maxim is a great cruise. Food is ok but the belly dancer and Spin Man made it look great.  Oh that’s a longgg day and so much done. When back in hotel and passing thru attached Nile City Mall, encountered Fein Kalbi fame Yousra Al Lawzi promoting her new film. Someone here to wish good night dreams😂.

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Day 2:: Cairo Tower

About third day, all there is well let’s just put it this way. Beware of fog when travelling away from Cairo in desert. There might be lot of fog and military might stop traffic for hours. Best part – Hibiscus tea on highway. One of the best ones to try. God there is lot of Cairo and around to explore but there is job waiting overseas. Time to go back. 12 hour sleep to 🛩 and just can’t wait to bring back my tastebuds but now there is secondary immigration inspection. Why not atleast returning from Egypt where there are three terror attacks in past 90 days one amid our vacation. Just detailed travel plan, complete cooperation and a cool officer will make this too very smooth and one will be out within hour or two. One hour 🏎 ( Wonder why all cars run left not right in emojis😛) to Bawarchi Biryani to order favorite Keema Biryani and guess what Katrina Kaif dancing for Teri Ore , and my heart started dancing too ‘we have been there all this while uh ah ah ft. Rihanna😂’ Watta feeling.

The Conclusion: First and most important, watch for terror notice before travelling. Secondly, recommended to travel thru agents in countries like Egypt when you wanna save lot of time but sure exploring self is the best thing. Then not all souvenirs worth the time and ofcourse money. Never spending on all tempting ones again. Lastly never take snaps of mummy. Yes not like this 😛

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Alnnihaya😄
Appreciate any comments or suggestions and proceed to next article to dive into more thoughts. Thank you ❤️

 

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