Places to Visit in Egypt…When Western Women Were Welcomed

August 31, 2013

places to visit in egypt

It was one of those milestone birthdays, over ten years ago. One of those times when you want to do something unique that will provide a lifetime of memories. Some call such places a “bucket list.” For a long time, Egypt had been at the top of mine.

And so I took off from that runway in Boston, as excited as a school girl on her first date. Even my extensive research and wildest dreams would not adequately prepare for the sights I was about to see.

Places to Visit in Egypt: The Surreal Giza Pyramids

Who hasn’t dreamed of the Giza pyramids, the only remaining of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World?  I had always imagined them to be secluded out in the middle of the Sahara Desert, but they lie just 15 miles southwest of the city. Viewing them on the horizon from some of the taller buildings was surreal.

The plan was to “climb” a pyramid on my birthday.  My enthusiasm upon arriving is apparent in the first photo taken.  Wait! I can explain the outfit!  Aside from the sunny, chilly April morning, I had been reading through Elizabeth Peter’s “Amanda Peabody” historical fiction serious based on the Victorian excavation of Egypt; I may have gotten a bit into character.

Approaching the Pyramid of Khufu, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids, I surreptitiously scrambled slightly up the rough underlying limestone (originally covered with smooth, white casing stones that have long worn away) to fulfill my birthday wish.  But it was only after I walked around to Robbers Tunnel entrance that I learned there was another kind of climb – one that many of the other tourists declined:  scaling the steep, narrow tunnel inside the pyramid.

Read the rest of the places to visit in Egypt in:  The Egypt I Knew: When Western Women Were Welcomed, in Wave Journey

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning blog Luggage and Lipstick. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.

Patti has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe. You can follow Patti on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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4 comments

  1. Comment by Adventuring The Great Wide Somewhere

    Adventuring The Great Wide Somewhere Reply March 31, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Wow! Believe it or not, I don’t stumble upon many travel stories on Egypt. Most of the things I read are focused on Europe or Asia, so this is a welcome break! I would love to visit. I never knew that you could climb a tunnel into the King’s Gallery, but you better believe I want to see it for myself. Hopefully it’s still available to the public (people are so anal about safety measures now…where’s the fun in that?). Thank you for your post and for shedding some light on other “things to do” aside from the famous pyramids!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 31, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Egypt is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited. It was the top of my bucket list for a long time. I had to keep pinching myself when I was there — it was like stepping back into history. If you get the opportunity, go!

  2. Comment by Penny Zibula

    Penny Zibula Reply October 21, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Thank you for this gem! Since I never made it to Egypt, I’m glad that someone who could write so well about this fascinating country did!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 31, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Penny, it was one of the most amazing adventures of my life!

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