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Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Camel Ride by the Pyramids

We have been hosting our friend, Engin, for the past few days and doing a few touristy things in the vicinity of Cairo.  On Friday afternoon we headed over to the Giza pyramids to take a short camel ride into the desert.

We stopped at the stable of Wageh Al Faumey who soon had us mounted up on two fine camels.
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It's just a short five minutes or so along the village streets to reach the entrance to the pyramids compound.
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The elite Egyptian tourist police collected our admission tickets and we were soon moving toward the desert.

Whoa, Nellie!  I see a picture, right here.  Let's stop and let those horses move up the trail so that they are in the frame too.


We moved on toward the desert past the Muslim and Christian cemeteries of the village.
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We were just far enough out into the desert to give the illusion of a great empty space.

We stopped to pose for some of the customary tourist pictures.  This is why you will want a talented guide/photographer.  With today's digital cameras, I can't see anything on the display out in the sun but those guides have no problem.
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Over by the sphinx, there was a nice view of the tourists moving down the long ramp for their pictures.

It was probably a total of 45 minutes from start to finish.  Both Engin and I survived, as did both of our camels.
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