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
Click here for info on getting an Egypt visa for American citizens.
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