A 3 day trip, doubled beacuse the return day would have been one of the Christmas holiday days – suited us although it was our first Christmas out of UK (A long time ago, before wh had children and dogs!)
Our hotel was on the outskirts of Cairo, but every room looked out over the Pyramids – a fantastic sight. We will never forget riding a camel – poor camel – or the day a donkey got loose in the crop fields between the hotel and the Pyramids – it had eaten a swathe of green before its owner noticed. On our last morning, we managed to persuade a taxi to take us to the Pyramids before most of the tourists and the locals were there, and then the peace and surroundings really sank in. I remember a (presumably) local man sitting in the sun, with his back to a pyramid, reading a newspaper.
There was much else I’ll never forget – small passageways into tombs and pyramids wih sometimes no light, a journey to an oasis with children running apparently from the desert as soon as sweets were produced, the Cairo market, a day cruise on the Nile (on Christmas day), accidents as a matter of course to the taxis, 4-6 lanes of traffic on each side of the road, with street vendors trying to sell to every vehicle as soon as the traffic stopped, feeling we were taking our lives in our hands whenever we tried to cross such a road (despite being used to a busy city!), shop keepers saying how cold they were with long-sleeved shirts, while we were in T-shirts and sweltering – all great memories, even the less good ones.