Pyramid Power

Thomas (the owner) took Zoe, Carol, mum, The Ultimate Traveller, Jed and me to the pyramids for a full day. (Zoe and Carol are friends we made in Guatemala last year and they have come to spend a few days with us in Cairo. Zoe is about my age so I have been looking forward to seeing her again). First we grabbed some yummy food from the local takeaway to eat in the pyramid grounds.

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We walked it up to Khufu pyramid (a.k.a the Great pyramid), past the Sphinx –

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which was larger than I expected, past tombs and getting closer to the enormous pyramids. People say they were tombs for the pharaohs of Egypt , some say healing sanctuaries, space and time travel machines, or for the amplification of earth energy, but no one really knows. Seen from above the 3 main pyramids line up exactly to the ‘belt’ of the constellation of Orion.

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We walked down a few metres then up the passage of The Great Pyramid, going deeper and deeper into the pyramid. As we walked up it got hotter, so every few steps we would have to stop to take a layer off. The first chamber is a lot like Saqqara except possibly smaller.

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From this room leads a passage to where they say was the tomb of Khufu. But what doesn’t make any sense is that the only statue of Khufu ever found (which we saw in Cairo museum) was tiny. If he was the great pharaoh then you would think there would be loads of statues,scripts and cartouche’s of him everywhere. There aren’t even hieroglyphs in the tomb. There is only really one explanation.. it wasn’t even a tomb in the first place, it wasn’t built for Khufu, and he just uncovered it from the desert sand.

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Anyway we spent a long amount of time examining the tomb and meditating. I found that when I was seated in the center of the room and closed my eyes my head started moving forward and backwards but only inside my mind which was weird. We had it all to ourselves for quite a while which was cool until a light flashed which apparently meant we needed to leave.

On our way back out loads of french people with their best suits and army uniforms with massive cameras and machine guns came piling in, squashing me and Jed into the wall of the tunnel. Mum was squashed into a corner at the bottom waiting whilst they all filed past, they were amazed that a baby was in there!

There was at least 30 people – good job we came out when we did but earlier would have been more appropriate-. Later on we found out that it was the french Defence Minister and all his cronies and bodyguards.

It’s funny when people – anyone- puts a uniform on they think they are a higher class than you so therefore have the right to order you about, which is highly annoying. Not one said thanks for waiting!

Once we stepped outside we walked to King Farouks guest house, well it WAS. Now it’s just a derelict building which is funny as the pyramids have stood up for thousands of years and this only a few decades.

We looked in a couple of tombs, one was dedicated to the engineers son and his own tomb which was beautiful.

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As we looked for signs of machine tools on the basalt pavement outside we saw an Indian man Carol recognised, he was Muhammad Yunus the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2006 who Carol had interviewed about his ‘micro credit scheme’ before he won his award. He was very lovely and we all had our photograph taken with him.

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After here we headed back down to the Sphinx,

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entering through the Valley temple with its perfectly fitted monolithic granite blocks. When the pyramids were constructed it is said that the Nile was just 400 meters away or something but now it’s miles away. On this information I do agree with them as you can see the Nile was as high and close as the Sphinx as you can see the layers of water have washed away parts of the structure.

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I think the head is a later alteration as it is too small for the body. The head is the form of a pharaohs so maybe before it was an animals head. I’m not sure what animal it is, most people say a lion but it could be a dog or even a cat as they worshiped them.

We walked back onto the road and there were 4 camels waiting for us. Mum and Jed got one,

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Carol another, TUT the 3rd one and me and Zoe shared one as it’s her first time but unfortunately we got the laziest. Thomas walked and lead the camels. When I say laziest I am NOT joking.

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At the beginning I was sat at the front so when it was my turn I swung my leg over it’s back but before I was on it decided to stand up but unfortunately I was only half way on so there I was dangling on one side of the camel. Somehow I managed to scramble on then I had to pull Zoe on too.

Once we were ready we set off and headed to a view point near the Menkaure pyramid. Now and then our camel would sit down whenever it pleased so we had to be ready to go down any time. I hate going up and down on them and I think once is enough but this was way too many times.

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At one point the camel jerked it’s head downwards and snapped the rope so I sort of had to lead it after that point. Once we reached our destination we had an excellent view of all three pyramids. A boy gave us tea which I needed even though it was boiling hot.

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After that he did a photo shoot of all of us doing different poses and they were pretty good.

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After that we got back on and headed towards the pyramids. Nowadays you can’t climb any of the pyramids but we climbed one of the smaller ones next to Menkaure’s pyramid and that was plenty thank you very much.

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It was a great view from the top but we had to be careful that no guards saw us.

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After here we went to give the camels back and I think ours had had more than enough. It kept stopping and sitting down every 5 minutes and at one point it sat down and decided we were too heavy so tipped us off so good job we both had the sense to jump before it went the full way. Oh well it might be the laziest but it was the funniest too. At least we can laugh about it now.

We gave the camels back and went hiking through all the tombs in front of Khafre’s pyramid. We went in different tombs, rooms, squeezed through bars, went in and caves and had lots of fun there. I think some of these lead as passage ways to the pyramids but I don’t know. They are all off limits but with Thomas’ encouragement we did it anyway.

I think that was plenty for one day! And a massive thank you to Thomas for being a brilliant guide, it was excellent and one to remember.

If you are interested in doing an experience with Thomas or staying at the Loft here is his website; http://www.pyramidsloft.com

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