21 March ’04 Here we go again…. But, before we do, I would like to say Thank You to Ismail Abdelhadi (the Public Relation Manager for the Pharaoh Egypt Hotel) and Eman Fawzy our “Tourist Guide” for ALL they have done and provided for us while here in Cairo. We want you to know that this IS hard work but as they say; SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT !!!! Up at 7 this morning, showered, down to breakfast, and we met with our host Eman once again. This morning we have a our tour of the Egyptian museum (El-Mathaf el-Masri). Once again, what a wonderful experience we have had once again….
The Egyptian Museum is one of the world’s great “storehouses of antiquities”. It is amazing because only a part of the collection is on display and there is more to see than anyone could take in on a single visit. This museum was first opened in 1902 and was designed by a Frenchman. Of course Ramsis and Tutankhamun and the names that most of us recognize, and they were great to see and learn more about but, there was sooo much more. Tutankhamun galleries were displaying over 1,700 grave goods that were found in his tomb (I’ll bet you would love to get your hands on just one neck piece). A little over 3 hours later we were on our way to Memphis (no, not Tennessee). Memphis was the WORLD’S FIRST IMPERIAL CAPITAL. Not much left of Memphis now but it does have a great mark in history. There we found a small Sphinx and a limestone colossus of Ramses II.
Next we were off to the Step Pyramid. The Step Pyramid of King Djoser was built in the 27th Century B.C. It was both the first pyramid in Egypt and at that time the largest monument in the world built of “hewn stone”. Now we rushed back to the hotel and gathered ourselves together and proceeded to checkout. Our train leaves the terminal at 8pm. We have a 1st class sleeper cabin and will travel all night and arrive in Luxor at 5am. We are to be met at the station and then transported to our cruise ship. The ship will become our next hotel for those next 3 nights and 4 days traveling down the Nile to Aswan and visiting all the sites along the way. We will try to keep the web up-dated but it might be a little tougher for awhile.