We decided to stop in Egypt to see the pyramids. We can see them from our hotel window. We had a private tour of the pyramids. First we saw the pyramids of Giza and got to ride camels. We named our camel Mike, after the Geico commercial. The pyramids were huge and the blocks to build them weighed from 5-15 tons each!
Next we went to the Sphinx, which is a lot smaller than I expected. The Sphinx is a human head with a lion’s body from the Old Kingdom. I learned that in the Middle Kingdom, they were different with only a human face and the rest of a lion, including his ears and head. That’s how you can tell the difference in when the Sphinx was built.
Next we went to the city of Memphis, which was once the capital city of Egypt. We saw huge statues of Ramses II. He was in the position that stood for life. That means he has his left foot forward, arms by his side and a straight beard. If the statue represents him in death, his beard is curved, arms crossed at his chest and feet together.
Then we went to Saqqara to see the Step pyramid. It was the very first pyramid built. It looked liked six steps instead of straight sides, because they were just learning how to do that. We went into some tombs in Titi’s pyramid and inside we saw lots of hieroglyphics. That was the ancient Egyptian language using pictures instead of letters.
The next day we visited the Egyptian museum and saw many things that were once inside the tombs and pyramids. We saw creepy mummies and they looked like ghosts. I enjoyed seeing the royal chariots that were driven by two horses and many of King Tut’s things found in his tomb, even his beds and little servant dolls that were buried with him.
After the museum we visited the Citadel. It was a military fortress, mosque and royal family palace. There was a quarry nearby where the builders got stone for the pyramids. We visited two churches built in Roman times and a synagogue in the old town. In one of the churches, Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived in the basement after Jesus was born and he had to escape King Herod.
I bought a pyramid souvenir in the Bazaar and enjoyed listening to our tour guide, Ashraf. I loved learning about the pyramids and how they were built.