Egypt: 3

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The next day, we were shocked to see the pyramids from the highway.

In the usual calendar-shot, the pyramids are viewed from the desert. There is no trace of ticket-booths or shisha-bars or any modern development at all. You would never guess, looking at a typical photo of the Great Pyramid, that there’s a Pizza Hut right around the corner (deliveries are made by moped).

“They’re just sitting there,” said Kylan’s mother, who had wanted to see Egypt since she was a little girl.

Sitting there, yes, in the middle of a vast metropolis. Giza isn’t some historic small-town; it’s home to over 2.6 million people. On one side, the Giza Necropolis looks like a remote landmark lost in the Saharan dunes. On the other side, the pyramids are stuck in a labyrinth of concrete high-rises. Camera angles, we discovered, are vital to Egyptian tourism.


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