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Impressions of a trip to Sakkara and Giza

No Trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the The Great Pyramids of Giza. 110 pyramids are known in Egypt although some are more famous than others. They are absolutely the one “must see” if you visit the country.

A pyramid at Sakkara in Memphis, autostich

An auto-stitch iPhoneography panorama of Pyramid of Djoser (Sakkara)

On our second day of touring, we set out to visit the ancient site of Sakkara, also known as the “The Pyramid of Djoser.” Sakkara is one of the most significant relics of ancient Egypt. It’s important because it pre-dates the more famous and flashy great pyramids of Giza. Sakkara is old school as far as pyramids go, and you can go inside this one.

Road Trip to GizaFist bump at the pyramids

Egypt tourist attractions

While our day trip to Alexandria was frustrating because of disruptions “because of the revolution” this day highlighted one of the benefits of traveling to a country in the midst of a revolution: there are virtually no tourists and we had the complex  almost entirely to ourselves.

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Road trip to Alexandria, Egypt

Greetings from Cairo! It was a great honor to make a presentation on the Art of Travel Blogging at the IOETI Conference in Egypt.

After the conference finished, the speakers got to tour Egypt for 3 days to see some of the country’s highlights.

Day #1 – Road Trip to Alexandria

Our first day was scheduled to be a road trip day to Alexandria to see the library. Alexandria is about 4 hours by car from Cairo. We got up early and hit the highway, unfortunately once we got there we learned that the library was closed due to protests being held outside.

The exterior of the Alexandria library

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The locals are very sweet and welcoming. Many came over and said “hello, welcome to Egypt. Where are you from?” When one young woman asked how I was enjoying my visit in Alexandria, I admitted being bummed the library was closed.

“Oh, I am sorry! … That is because of the revolution,” she explained. I told her not to worry–  I’m American and standing in the way of a revolution isn’t the way I roll.

The exterior of the Alexandrian library is indeed gorgeous, and makes me far more eager to see what’s inside. I know there is an Anwar Sedat Museum, which has the uniform he was wearing when he was assassinated on display. I look forward to checking this out the next time I get to Alexandria.

Egyptian Sunset (iPhoneography)The Alexandria Library exterior

I was also happy to find the wifi working so made a “wifi drive-by” pit stop before the long journey back to Cairo.

Here is a photo set of  road trip pictures from my day trip to Alexandria.

More to come soon– including the pyramids, the Sphinx, and a hump by hump “camelparsion” of Egyptian vs. Jordanian camels, as I head to country #74- Jordan!

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The Citadel

Alexandria chickensChickens at the market

Chickens in the side streets

Alexandria street scene, iPhoneographyPool Hall Hustler Alexandria

Egyptian streets

Egyptian cat at the Citadel in AlexandriaEgyptian Cat

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EyeEm Advent Calendar

I’m thrilled that one of my mobile photography images from yesterday’s road trip to the pyramids in Giza is featured in the EyeEm Advent Calendar. Road Trip to GizaRoad Trip to Giza, Egypt

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Memoirs of a Gaijin

One the highlights of my recent trip to Tokyo was getting a geisha makeover at Cocomo Spa. I’ve read and loved Memoirs of a Geisha, particularly the whole involved process of how they prepare to face the public as geisha, and I wanted to experience that for myself.

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Jet Lag is Kind of Like Memento

Jet lag sometimes makes you feel like Leonard from Memento. You wake up, not remembering where you went to bed or where you are. It’s an occupational hazard. I am not complaining. This morning it took me a minute to figure out I was in Sydney, Australia. The stunning view of The Harbour Bridge from my room at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney gave it away.

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