Monday, May 30, 2011

Egypt's Pyramids

When anyone mentions Egypt, people immediately think of the pyramids and the sphinx.  Yes they are definitely a tourist trap, but they have been around for 4000 years, so how could you go to Egypt and miss them.  Unfortunately, the myths saying they were built by aliens or an armada of slaves were most likely not true.  It is more likely that a highly organized workforce of Egyptian farmers built them during the time of the annual floods when stones could be easily floated on the flood waters and they could not farm.  So Cindy and I spent the last day of our three week trip in Egypt taking in at least a dozen of of the areas pyramids.

Here are the Pyramids:  

The Pyramid of Khafre and The Great Pyramid of Khufu.

When one thinks of the Pyramids of Giza, one things they are in the middle of the desert, but instead, they hover above the suburb of Giza.

The Sphinx whose nose was lopped off by Napoleanic troops.

Miles south of Giza, lies the Bent Pyramid - the great mistake.   When building they started at too steep an angle and had to make adjustments half way up.

The world's oldest stone monument and thus the first pyramid at Saqqara.


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