Monday, March 8, 2010
Tourist Day, Cairo
Today we took a tourist day. Met up with the Oasis group and nine of us went to the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum. With four million cars, many motor cycles, numerous horse and donkey carts and a few camels traffic does not move fast. The little over 20 miles we covered today took almost 4 hours by minibus with the driver making a number of u turns to try and find a street where traffic was moving. No doubt some day Cairo may become the first city to achieve total grid lock. On one elevated highway we saw many passengers get out and walk to avoid the wait.
The Egyptian Museum is an incredible place. We had a great guide which really helped. At the Pyramids got to see the Solar Boat Museum which houses an over 100 foot long boat made of cedar from Lebanem which was buried by the Pyramid. It is nicely displayed above the pit it was excaveted from. At 6:00 we meet at hotel to head for the train station for the 12 hour train ride to Aswan.