|Guess where?.... Giza|
Our first stop was the pyramids and the sphinx on the outskirts of Cairo, at Giza. We keep pinching ourselves - its hard to believe we are here. Apart from all the expected and amazing historic antiquities we were surpirsed to find that there was also a "Big Day Out" type rock event going on at the Sphinx with many young people wearing special pink and white t-shirts - to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research - and at the same time cheering on the bands.
We are returning to the pyramids and sphinx on Sunday night (tonight) for the Sound and Light Show.
|Our Egyptologist taught us this|
traditional action shot...
In the manner of all things since the beginning of this Egyptian holiday we were delivered to the Sonesta Hotel to find ourselves endowed with yet another 5 star hotel room with cakes and fruit awaiting our arrival!
|Radwa - our Egyptologist and Glenys|
|Thousand seat cave Church of St Simon (Samaan)|
|Entry to St Simon Church|
Radwa and crew took us through the winding back lanes of one of Cairo's poorest neighbourhoods, the city of garbage collectors to the church founded and probably run by Coptic monks. This church is partially open air and seats 1000 people and ministers to this local neighbourhood. We were warmly welcomed by Adel a Deacon at the church who explained with Radwa translating how the church came to be here. It seems it took a couple of pretty amazing miracles that got the ball rolling.
On the way back to our hotel we stopped off at a souk (market) to haggle with a couple of vendors and then we bought a falafel and were glad to have a couple of hours' break from sightseeing.
It is 27 deg. here in Cairo today (a cool day by local standards) but tomorrow we head for London where the temperature is likely to be around 10 deg!
Off to the Sound and Light Show at the pyramids - our guide - Sayeed tells us 5.14pm! he will pick us up.
Still looking forward to any comments you would like to make.