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We arrived at the Cairo airport at around 3 am. We had been handed immigration cards to fill out on the plane but we couldn’t decipher them as they were in Arabic. Our seatmate on the plane helped us to fill them out. We were met by a representative from Scenic after we deplaned. He took care of the visa process for us. We went through immigration and then were met by our driver for the transfer to the Mena House Hotel in Giza. It was all a very seamless process and only took a few minutes. Well done, Scenic.

The air was smoky and dusty on the drive to the hotel and the nighttime temps were chilly. I was glad we had sweaters. Our transfer guide gave us a running commentary of what we were seeing and some of the history as we drove along. The roads were not too busy as it was early in the morning. Donkey carts shared the road with automobiles and motor scooters. We arrived at the hotel around 4 am.

I washed out our shirts and underwear when we arrived and hung them on the clothesline provided in the shower. (Our clothes were dry by the time we woke up.) We were both exhausted and fell into bed. We slept until 10:30 am. We looked out our window this morning and there was the view of the pyramids. It was a pinch me moment.

Having missed breakfast, we took our showers, brushed our teeth and got ourselves organized. We then went to the atm in the hotel lobby to get some Egyptian pounds. We met our guide outside the hotel on our way to lunch. His name is Ahmed Aziz but he says to call him Aziz. There will be 28 of us on this tour. The group will be mostly Australian but there are about four Americans Aziz says. We will meet tonight 5:30 pm at the Moghul Restaurant at the hotel.

We had lunch on the restaurant patio. It was sunny with a slightly cool breeze. Just perfect. We had the buffet which was fine but would have preferred to order a la carte. We will do that tomorrow if we have lunch or dinner on our own.

They are setting up for a wedding reception tonight on the hotel grounds. We caught a glimpse of the bride earlier. It is sure to be noisy tonight. I had heard that this hotel is wedding central on the weekends so I brought earplugs for us. I hope they work.


Posted by roamingnomes 04:03 Archived in Egypt

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WOW! Three days in a row and I'm right there with you! It would be a 'pinch me' moment to see those only-read-about pyramids....Images of Charleston Heston building them runs through my brain! Also had to laugh at the Arabic immigration cards. I'm such a smart ass that I would try to fill them in with my version of that type of writing! Enjoy!

by Lorna

Pyramid views from the hotel? AMAZING!

by Jason

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