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Here are the traditional cheesy pyramid shots. You can't really be a proper Egypt tourist until you've been on a horse or camel, and been cheated at least a dozen times. On this particular day, I drug my ass out of bed at 4AM to see the pyramids at dawn, but ended up riding a horse for an hour just to look at fog. This particular shot was taken several hours later.
These shots show some of the other things that appear around the pyramids. The pyramids were part of an evolutionary process that made the ancient Egyptians use more and more elaborate burial rituals up until the pyramids, and then go back to simpler ones after that. This one shows an old cemetery close to the pyramids.
This one shows remains of some of the earlier tombs that were used before the pyramid idea took shape. There are better examples of the earlier tomb styles at other places in Egypt that I didn't go to.
These shots try to give some idea of the size of these things. They're big, particularly when you look at the technology level that was available to make them. In the first photo, the van is about 100 meters away from the pyramid. In the second, the people and camels are right next to it. In the third shot, the building built next to the pyramid is a pretty good sized building.
This one shows how close together the major pyramids are. There are a few of the earlier style pyramids further south in Egypt, but the major pyramids are all built pretty much side by side in the area called the Valley Of The Pyramids. On foot, you can easily walk around the entire bunch of them in an hour or two.
These are shots inside the pyramid. The pyramids had one burial chamber that was built with absolutely huge single stones around it. They also had storage chambers that contained food, and other various stuff that the Pharaoh would need in the afterlife. There is one pyramid open to visitors at all times, although which particular pyramid it is rotates.
This one shows the famous and enigmatic Sphinx. Nobody quite knows why it was built or what purpose it serves. These shots show a few things that most people aren't quite aware of.
  • The sphinx isn't quite as big as it's usually portrayed as. It's pretty big, but not as big as the largest of the pyramids.
  • It's located in the Valley of the Pyramids right along with the pyramids. You can walk from the Sphinx to Cheops in about 10 minutes.
  • It's carved from an old quarry, and not built up from flat space.
This one shows the face of the Sphinx. The nose and beard were intact up into the 19th century, but they were  blown off by Ottoman troops that used it as target practice. There's a legend that French troops did it, but that's not true, although it wouldn't be all that hard to believe.
This is obviously Noelle, who came to Egypt with me. This was our first vacation together in a long time, and we had a very interesting time.
These two shots show the Cairo skyline from the fifty story Cairo Tower. The two interesting things about these are the sheer size of the city, which has more than double the population of New York City, and how close the pyramids are to the city center. The second shot is a detail for the left quarter of the first, showing where the pyramids are in relation to the city.
This is the Nile, generally considered to be the cradle of civilization.
These are a few shots from the Cairo Antiquities Museum. There aren't a lot of them, because museum pictures are generally very dull.
These are some examples of different styles of hieroglyphics as they evolved over time.
Here are a few examples of very old jewelry. The interesting thing about this stuff is that my younger stepdaughter Rachel makes jewelry virtually identical to this today, and it's considered very cool and stylish.
Noelle at the airport, obviously happy to finally be getting away from me<g>
Here's the expression after she caught me taking the first picture.
And here's her revenge.