There are a million Pyramid web pages on
so on this page we are just going to include information from our visit
to the pyramids during our recent trip to Egypt. [Here is a link to
the best of the Pyramid sites: NOVA's
Pyramids Site]. Tracy and I were in Cairo as coach and
the ACS students participating in the Mike
Ross Screaming Eagles Track and Field Invitational. Here then are
impressions of the Great Pyramids. Click
on any image to enlarge, and then hit your browsers "Back" button to
return to this page.
Here is a view of the Great Pyramid complex, which contains 3 main
(Khafe is shown here) and 6 pyramids in all. Approaching the area from
a dusty road in Maadi on the outskirts of Cairo, you just turn the
and there the pyramids are, with the city backed up to them. This
reinforces the common notion that the pyramids are a camel or jeep ride
into the desert. Instead, they are are now in an urban setting.
here for an image of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid at night
180 degrees from the Sphinx, you can see Cairo (right) slowly
upon the Ghiza complex. However, looking to the immediate left, it is
that you are also right on the edge of the vast Sahara Desert.
first structure visitors encounter as they walk directly from the
Fried Chicken/Pizza Hut up the hill to the Ghiza complex is the Sphinx.
Looking a little the worse for wear (no, it is not true that Napoleon's
artillery blasted off the nose during target practice), the Sphinx
an impressive sight. I once read in a Scientific American
that the shape of the Sphinx (roughly a figure eight when seen from
is a shape that mimics the erosion pattern of stone formations in the
desert. They argue that its shape, along with the direction in which it
is facing, has contributed to its longevity.
here for a picture of us at the Sphinx
you reach the Ghiza plateau, the three primary pyramids come into view.
here for a view of the three pyramids at night
is Khafe, the largest of the pyramids. It is interesting that only the
top seems to have withstood the effects of erosion, as there is a layer
of stone at the top of the pyramid that is missing from the remainder.
As we rounded the corner, we encountered a group of lovely Egyptian
children on a school trip. They were eager to practice their English
us, and they posed for a group portrait. Just a little further down we
encountered one of the many camel
owners found in the Ghiza complex. Although we declined a ride, we did
pictures of both the owner and ourselves with the camel. I wonder how
people have worn that turban? (and when it was last washed?)
Click here for a photo of:
While we did not have opportunity to visit the interior
of the Great Pyramid at Giza, we were given the opportunity to see
inside the smaller Menkaure Pyramid. This was a mixed blessing, the
ticket taker was inattentive, and we got backed up, head to butt with
an entire tunnel full of visitors, and were stuck there (in the dark
and in the heat) for about fifteen minutes until the congestion was
relieved. Of course, we were at the bottom most part of the tomb, which
did nothing for Dale's claustrophobia! Click here on on the animated gif for a less anxiety-prone tour of the pyramid.
actually went to the site of the Pyramids a second time, at night.
the second day of the track meet, we dined at the afore mentioned
er Kentucky Fried Chicken and got to see the Pyramids at night,
the famous laser show from a distance. Outside the students had after
entertainment in the form of this young street vendor trying to emulate
Ahmad's trick of slowly rotating a bottle of water upside down without
spilling any. He did eventually, but not before soaking himself and
of the students. A good time was had by all, as the students shared the
remainder of their pizza with the young boys.
Return to Travel Archives