The Pyramids of Giza and the city
7/3/08 - 7/7/08 100 °F
Cairo is a multifaceted city. Downtown Cairo is very metropolitan but venture through the alleys of Islamic Cairo and you’ll find another world.
Before wandering through the alleys of Islamic Cairo, we spent some time at the nearby Al-Azhar park, which overlooks several of the city’s many famous Mosques. In the picture below you can see the Mosque of Mohamed Ali deep in the background.
We then made our way down the park's hillside and into the narrow alleyways of Islamic Cairo on our way to Al-Azhar Mosque. The Mosque was constructed in 970AD, followed by its university in 988AD. As such, it claims to be the world's oldest surviving educational institution.
We also frequented El Abd bakery in downtown Cairo. It is loaded with delicious treats and always packed.
The Great Pyramids of Giza
We braved the summer heat to see the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. Despite the annoying camel jockeys and other touts, the pyramids are a magnificent site to behold.
Upon entering the site, we immediately looked for the entrance to the Great Pyramid. Once inside, we had to climb through a series of chambers, some only high enough to crawl through, en-route to the pharoah's chamber. The tomb is now empty, but it was still a cool experience.
The Camel Ride
At the end of the day we decided to treat Donnaven to a camel ride. For a little kid with a big mouth, he sure was quiet as the camel stood up and he found himself high above the ground, on top of a funny looking beast.
Francis eventually joined Donnaven on the camel and the jockey took them for a short spin in the sand. The unmounting process was a bit scary for them. As the camel lurched forward to kneel down on the ground they felt as if they were going to fall forward.
Twilight is a great time to see the pyramids. As the scorching sun begins to fade, Giza is a much more tolerable place. We stayed past sundown to see the light show. It was worth the wait.