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Cairo, Egypt

Largest City in Africa and the Middle East

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Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At the centre is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating back to the 26th century BC.

31/10/19

ARRIVED IN CAIRO 6PM

Ok, so a few issues after landing in Cairo. 1. The money machines at the airport would not let me withdraw cash (found out my bank had put a block on the card with no notification or explanation). 2. One of my flip flops missing from my checked bag....awesome. First job tomorrow, new pair of flip flops.

1/11/19

My first day in Cairo and the city is completely chaotic, although the weather is nice, only 25 degrees. Now when I say chaotic, I have never seen traffic like it in my life, there is so many cars. It is like Vietnams motorbikes but with cars. They make lanes where there is no lane. Example, on a four lane road, all four lanes will be full of cars and then other cars (presumably because they can`t be bothered waiting) drive between them, literally on the painted lines. So on a four lane road you might have 5 or six rows of traffic.

Could not get flip flops as Friday is a holiday in Egypt, ummm, Ok.

CAIRO MUSEUM

Located in Tahrir Square, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms.

This place is huge and there is so much to see, it is hard to explain how many artifacts and history is inside one building. You could spend a whole day here easily and still not take it all in.
The only negative is the people for more than one reason. 1. They are unbelievably arrogant and rude. 2. They let their children run wild. Probably the most feral kids I have ever seen (and I have witnessed some shockers in my travels) and the small ones constantly scream, not sure why but it is bloody annoying. 3. There is just too many
I ended up leaving the museum earlier than expected for these reasons but I still spent over 3 hours there.

Back to the positives. It is 100% worth seeing this museum as it has artifacts dating back to 4000 BC. The pictures below are just a few of the many I took They would never all fit on this blog.

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Holy Shit, no pun intended, Toilet spoons found with face paint? First of all what are toilet spoons and second face paint made with.......eeewww.

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These swords were very large. I imagine you would have had to be fairly strong to be carrying one of these into battle. They were roughly just over 1 metre long.

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There was no information about this old Egyptian boat.

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These are quartz arrow heads... Ouch!

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Apparently the Egyptians used to also mummify animals. These crocodiles where nearly 7 metres long.

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2/11/19

THE NILOMETER

The Nilometer was used to measure the level of the Nile river. The structure consists of a measuring device, or a graduated column sitting below the Nile's water level, reached by steps that curl around the chamber housing the column. If the water dropped to a low level, They would expect drought and famine; if it rose too high they could predict flood and disasters.
The water level would also be used to work out the tax the authorities would levy on the people. If the Nilometer indicated the harvest would be good they raised the taxes.

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Inside the Nilometer looking up at the ceiling.

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Looking down into the shaft of the Nilometer. The water from the nile river would flow into this shaft based on the level of the river. The higher the river the fuller the shaft.

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3/11/19

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA

The Giza pyramid complex, also known as The Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with the Great Sphinx of Giza. They were all built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

The site is at the edges of the Western Desert, approximately 9 km west of the Nile River in the city of Giza, and about 13 km southwest of the city centre of Cairo.
I have always imagined the Pyramids to be situated in the middle of the desert, however they are actually very close to the city of Giza as you will see in the photo I took from the city looking back towards the pyramids.

THE GREAT PYRAMID

Construction is believed to have been finished around 2560 BC and this pyramid wad built over a 10 - 20 year period. Initially it was 146.5 metres high and was the tallest man made structure in the world for over 3800 years. Each side of the base also measures 230 metres Originally it was covered by limestone casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure.

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THE PYRAMID OF KHAFRE

This is the second tallest and second largest pyramid. I found this one to be the easiest to get pictures of because of it`s position on the land. The construction of this pyramid was completed around 2570 BC. It was originally 143 metres tall and measures 215 metres at the base.

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THE PYRAMID OF MENKAURE

This is the last and the smallest of the 3 main pyramids that you will see in the necropolis. This pyramid is definitely not small but appears small compared to the other two. Constructed around 2510 BC and originally measuring 65 metres tall and a base of 102 by 104 metres.

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THE GREAT SPHINX

Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the pharaoh Khafre.
Cut from the bedrock, the original shape of the Sphinx has been restored with layers of blocks. It measures 73 metres long from paw to tail and 20 metres high from the base to the top of the head and 19 metres wide at its rear haunches. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the pharaoh Khafre 2558–2532 BC.

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TOMB OF SESHEM NEFER THETI

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Oh shit, wrong turn, nothing but desert, hahahaha

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A lone plant in a sea of sand.

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Some random pictures from the Necropolis today

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OVERALL

Cairo is completely insane. Ridiculous amounts of traffic that continually honk their horns. People constantly trying to sell you something in the street and not the cleanest of cities as they just throw litter on the ground wherever they are.
This is definitely not a city I enjoyed but unfortunately you need to base yourself here for a few days to see the sights that Cairo is known for and is central to

The currency here is nice and easy to convert to NZD as it is roughly divide by 10 to get the NZD. The 10 pounds is $0.97 NZD, the 50 pounds is $4.86 NZD and the 200 pound note is $19.42 NZD

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Posted by Geete01 07:25 Archived in Egypt

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