We arrived in Alexandria for our bus tour to Cairo. It was going to be another long day, but we were going to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx! Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only the Pyramids remain.
It was hazy as we sailed into Alexandria.
papyrus. We had seen many vendors selling what they say is papyrus, but she warned us that they are fakes. These are some beautiful works on the very strong and durable papyrus. On the left is a cartouche, a very popular item to buy in Egypt. They take the letters from the hieroglyphics that you can see around the oval area to spell your name, and put it inside the oval vertically.
We went through this toll station with Greek architectural style with Alexandria written in Greek and Arabic...
Ta da! The real pyramids! You can see a small amount of limestone still exists near the top. On an interesting note, they have found recently that the Pyramids were not built by slaves, but rather by farmers and craftsmen who needed work during the flood season of the Nile. These monuments are not only a tribute to the building skills of the people at that time, but also to the wisdom of keeping an entire society at work during the “off season.”
This shows King Tut’s tomb as it was found with chariot parts, beds, and chairs—all in gold gild.
And then it was time for our 3 hour ride back to the ship. As we crossed back over the Nile, Eman pointed out various hotels, but no other points of interest. It did look like a nice area.