Pyramids and Camels | Photo Memories Revisited
The worlds of 2010 and 2019 are gone. I pray we’re up to the task of making wise, faithful decisions about our lives as world citizens, not isolated human beings. Enjoy the pics! This was one of many great adventures. Getting married 54+ years ago was the first!
It’s a good thing, being married to D. My life might have been dismally dull without his get-up-and-go. He’s no extrovert, mind you. He just has the Travel Bug in him, bigtime. Our trip to Egypt, piggybacked onto a week of D teaching in Cairo, was a Spectacular Adventure.
It’s January 2010, just one year before the uprising in Egypt. Our driver and guide picked us up early in the morning. We arrived at the pyramids of Giza before the site was crowded with visitors and vendors.
It’s winter, yet the sun blazes down almost every day like a hot flame. The air temperature begins chilly but often rises into the low 70s.
Hence our sun hats and my white sun shirt peeking out from my travel jacket. The jacket is a small men’s silk blazer—a thrift shop find here in Philly. It has ample side pockets (note water bottle peeking out) and vest pockets inside. Best bargain ever! It doesn’t bother me a bit when airport personnel and passengers call me “Sir,” then beg profuse pardons….
Now we’re going to back track a bit. I want you to appreciate how tiny we feel. I’m there in the center, standing at the base of a pyramid.
Here are a few pictures of us on and next to the largest pyramid.
Note the size of the building blocks!
Time to go get on a camel or two! Just for comparison, here’s an expert camel rider. Note his legs resting casually on the back of his camel, his super comfortable clothing and air of confidence. Even his camel looks relaxed, if not smiling. Nothing to it! The rider doesn’t even have foot stirrups.
So here we are, getting up close and personal with our rented camels. They’re going to take us off on a little trek into the desert. No problem. Our guide will be right there if anything untoward happens. Just relax and do what the patient camel guide tells me to do.
Do I look like the cat that just swallowed the mouse, or what?
Now it’s D’s turn!!!
Here we go….off into the desert.
Note: Without our trusty guide who accompanied us on foot, we wouldn’t have these photos of the two of us. And, I must add, without workouts at Curves my legs would not have been up to the task of keeping me on top of the camel!
Here’s a bit of what we saw, including a photo of Cairo in the distance.
The camel ride ended near the Sphinx.
After spending time there, we said farewell and left.
This was only one of our Egypt adventures. The others simply added to my sense that I owe Egyptian history, culture and inventions a debt I can never repay.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 9 February 2016, reposted 8 July 2020
Photo credits: DAFraser and our Egyptian tour guide
I was here in feb 😍😍
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Awesome! I hope you had a fabulous time. 🙂
This brought back memories for me, too, Elouise!
I remember how puny I felt next to those massive pyramids and the Sphinx! I’m sure that was – if not the strongest message – then among the strongest – Pharaoh/Egypt are the greatest – remember that…
I also remember how kind and welcoming the overwhelming majority of people were to me/us. They reminded me always to give a welcome to the visitors who come here to see the sights, and enjoy the beauty of history and creation in this country!
Thank you, again!
Loved it, and love you!
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Puny. A great word for such a tiny feeling! 🙂 You’re so right about welcoming visitors, and how much we can learn from other countries like Egypt. I wonder what it’s like today. Thanks for your comment and memories! 🙂
Thank you for enabling us to be on this adventure with you. Fun!
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You’re so welcome, Marilyn! I never ever dreamed I’d get to see these wonders of the world. 🙂
Yes I was there in 1999. Rather wonderful. A friend and I went up the Nile to Aswan by boat. Our lovely travel agent here suggested I get a friend there to buy our tickets. $400 each instead of $1600 each. 5 star boat and all tours. An amazing trip. Thanks for the memory.
Thanks for sharing a few of your memories. We did a Nile cruise to Aswan as well–in an Egyptian-built and owned tourist boat. It was fabulous! The world has changed so much since then. I’m grateful for all our photos and memories of friends and strangers who helped us get the most from our visit.