Day 2.1: Pyramids at Giza: Khufu/Cheops, Khafre/Chephren and Menkaure/Mykerinus

Pyramids at Giza: Khufu/Cheops, Khafre/Chephren and Menkaure/Mykerinus The significance of room upgrade the night before felt lost on us until we saw this 7am view from the window. Time to get up close and personal

Pyramids at Giza: Khufu/Cheops, Khafre/Chephren and Menkaure/Mykerinus

The significance of room upgrade the night before felt lost on us until we saw this 7am view from the window.

Time to get up close and personal with the pyramids themselves.  We’d seen lots of pictures and film footage but nothing quite prepares you for the sheer size and scale.  455ft high and 576 feet along the base: the lengths of the base differ only by around 3 inches.  Over two million blocks of stone weighing 2.5 tonnes each.  All built by the the 4th Dynasty king Khufu between 2580–2560 BC [over 4,500 years ago].

The second largest pyramid at Giza was constructed by Khafre, son of Khufu. In order not to upstage his father, Khafre built his pyramid smaller than that of his father; however, his pyramid appears taller as it is built upon higher ground!

Selfie with our awesome guide who was also called Mohamed.  In common with most guides, Mohamed works freelance and is a university educated Egyptologist.  What was extraordinary is the authority, passion and pride with which he showcased his country’s treasures.

This was as close to the inside of the pyramid as we got.  On the day we visited there was a power cut meaning no lighting inside.  We were prohibited from entering. Courtesy of the BBC, here is what we missed.

[Feel free to go full screen, pause the video every now and then, and have a good look around by clicking and dragging the mouse across the screen.]

Fortunately, there seemed to be an etiquette around where to park your car, rest your camel, and generally stand around so that everyone could get some decent images of the pyramids. There must have been nearly 300 of us looking in this direction and taking pictures at the same time.

It was then time for much silliness and the obligatory camel ride around the pyramids.

By the time we’d finished the camel ride, I was very glad that we had only opted for the “short” route and even more elated that we didn’t have to go back to the starting point. Overall though, an enjoyable “life experience”!!!