We had never flown Ryan Air, one of the world’s deep discount airlines before that is also known for many customer service issues, but we would not hesitate to fly it again based on our one experience to Athens. Even though the flight was a short hop, the flight attendants kept going up and down the aisle trying to sell perfumes and other items. One way for the airline to boost their bottom line, I guess!
We got a connecting flight to Cairo on Egypt Air. How wonderful actually getting a free, hot meal served!
We could hardly believe the location of our hotel once we finally reached it safe and sound – it was right in front of the Great Pyramids! The driver/owner suggested we upgrade our room so we would have a direct view of the pyramids. Neither of us hesitated and we didn't regret that decision for one moment. There was nothing literally across the street - no buildings between us and the expanse of desert that houses the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Our beyond-fabulous view of a couple of the pyramids from our room:
We didn’t realize our room would also be the ‘perfect place’ for all the construction going on during our entire visit literally next door as the hotel was getting that room ready for occupation. Oh well, we knew we weren’t going to be staying in the hotel all that much! Below, the entrance to the nightly Sound and Light show at the pyramids.
Since we had some free time, we decided to go exploring part of Giza by ourselves for a couple of hours. When driving from the airport just a bit earlier, we had noticed a significant police presence as we approached the pyramids and thus our hotel. The driver had explained that they were tourist police making sure the most popular tourist sights were kept safe for tourists.
The driver hadn't needed to stop - we assumed it was because he was well known to the police manning the checkpoint. There wil be much more about the tourist police in the upcoming posts about our time in Egypt. Just to make clear though - at no point did we have any misgivings about having chosen to travel to Egypt even though others had expressed significant concern on our behalf.
Photos from our stroll:
We had no goal in mind when we set out on our walk, no places that were 'must sees' – we just walked aimlessly. Steven has said sometimes my photos tend to overly glorify or beautify some of the places we have explored and I certainly understand what he means. I don't purposely set out to prettify places or people but I can't imagine you would like me to 'document' for lack of a better word, the ugly side of places we visit. With certain places, there are few redeeming qualities and so I have attempted to reflect that through my photos and accompanying text.
A fact of life in Giza was the overwhelming amount of trash tossed everywhere. Coming from pristine Santorini, it was quite an adjustment but not an unsurprising one. Just a couple of blocks away from the hotel, the horses were tethered to the trees and rooting in the garbage strewn throughout the 'park area.'
There was no prettifying this sight.
Sponge Bob Square Pants!