Thu 5 Jul 12 - Sun 8 Jul 12
Once we landed in Egypt, I went straight to my hotel room and slept. The plane landed at 1:20am, but I didn’t get to my hotel room until about 2:00 am, so I was quite tired, especially after the long day in Florence and the two plane rides, which always make me tired. My hotel was very nice, I was staying at The Karvin Hotel in Egypt for only $60 a night, so three days cost me $180. It was a very nice hotel, especially for the price. The room was very nice, although not the largest hotel rooms I have seen, and it provides free breakfast, which I took advantage of during my visit. The hotel has three restaurants in it, and one of them is on the roof, which is so cool! After a long day, it was nice to just lie down and sleep finally. I even let myself sleep in, which I haven’t been doing recently because I don’t want to miss anything, but I figured I needed a good night’s rest for the day ahead of me.
When I planned my trip, I knew that I had to see the pyramids in Egypt! You hear so much about them, in class, in movies, on tv, just everywhere, so I wanted to see the real pyramids. I knew one of the best places to see the pyramids would be the Giza Plateau, which is home to three of the greatest pyramids in Egypt, the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the Sphinx and many mastabas, tombs and mortuary temples. When I first saw the pyramids, I was just amazed by them. Although you see pictures of them and hear all of their statistics, you never really realizes just how massive they are. It is also amazing how the Egyptians built these amazing buildings so long ago with very limited resources, yet they’re still standing. To get a better view of the pyramids, I took a camel ride and it was such an amazing, once in a life time experience
The next day I spent in Egypt, I spent in the Old city, the Coptic Christian section of the city. The old city has 5 original churches, as well as the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue. This part of town represents all the of the major world religions. I visited some of the churches, along with Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, the first mosque in all of Africa and Ben Ezra Synagogue, The oldest synagogue in Egypt. Since I was raised a catholic, it was very interesting to see the places of worship of other faiths. The churches that I got to visit were the hanging church and the church of st. George. There was so much to see in old cairo that I know I did not get to experience everything, but I believe that I saw some very important, historical landmarks while there.
I finished the day by taking a long walk in the Al Azhar Park. The scenery of cairo was amazing, expecially the citadel. The park has a nice cool breeze and less pollution than the rest of the city, so it is a nice place to relax and escape the business and heat of the city.
On my last day in Egypt, I went to the Egyptian antiquities museum. Admission costs 60 EGP, or about $10 CAD. The museum is more that 100 years old and has the worlds largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Seeing the artifacts was fantastic. My favourite part was the famous Tutankhamun collection, which features the gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal mummy room. I just love seeing traditions of other cultures, and the Egyptians burial traditions of their leaders is truly fascinating. I love seeing all the treasures that the pahroah was buried with and thinking about all the work that his people must have done to prepare this all for him. After travelling aroud the museum for a couple hours, I have to go to the airport and fly to my next destination, Isreal, Jerusalem
Royal Jordanian CAI 9:15p → TLV 11:45a 1 stop (AMM)
total cost: $640