Endless to say it’s been my dream since I was a kid to visit the Land of the Pharaohs! Although I had never planned on going there right after a revolution, but when opportunity calls you’ve got to answer!
So I booked a tour with Tour Plan Israel for 2 days in Egypt, packed my gear and headed to Eilat the next. I was picked up at 5AM, went through the Israeli customs without a hitch, but the Egyptians didn’t want to let me in on account of my photo gear. They are still have a police mentality that if you have a big camera you must be there to take pictures of government secrets. Anyways, to make a long story short, a man from the tour company came and explained that I was a photographer and wanted to see the pyramids. So they finally let me into Egypt but only after recording every piece and camera gear I had and listing what each item was for.
By the time I got in the van the sun was putting on a spectacular sunrise over the Red Sea and the mountains of Jordan and Saudi Arabia!
However, we quickly started driving inland and directly through the heart of the Sinai Peninsula. That’s right, highway goes the mountains and man did it have a lot of curves!
You have to feel bad for the guy who had to change this flat tire!
In Egypt people walk right in the middle of traffic that’s going 45mph.
Driving into Cairo for the first time and seeing the pyramids right there in front of you!
Visiting the Cairo Museum was like a dream come true! Since I was a kid I loved studying the Pharaohs and wanting to learn every bit of Egyptian history I could get my hands on. But unfortunately they don’t allow photography inside anymore.
It was also surreal to in Tahrir Square and see all the burned out buildings from the revolution! I had watched some of these buildings go up in smoke on live television just a couple months before. I wanted to explore the square for the Egyptian police had it totally blocked off to foreigners. Even though I was at the edge of the square all I could see were the burned buildings surrounding it.
It was a VERY smoggy day in Cairo so be decided to see more of the indoor sights in hopes that it would clear up the next day to see the pyramids! But this is still a cool panorama on the Nile river. 🙂
It’s crazy that so many people still get a round on a house and cart.
Even though a lot of Cairo was rather filthy with piles of trash, it still had plenty of beauty!
I can’t remember the name of this place off the top of my head but these are among the first large-scale pyramids in Egypt!
These stairs (below) are the actual stairs that Ramses the Great walked up for their annual parade!
We headed to our hotel just in time to wash up, grab a delicious dinner, and watch a beautiful sunset! Then, time to get ready for our second day in the Land of the Pharaohs!
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Shoot Location: The Sinai & Cairo, Egypt.