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The Pyramids: Giza

The three pyramids

About 2500 BC, Khufu (Cheops), Khaefre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinus), son and grandsons of Senefrur, built the three pyramids that are just outside Cairo, and of course these are the ones everyone thinks of when they think of Egypt. Cairo's suburbs have encroached upon them and unlike the other two sites we went to, they're overrun with tourists. But impressive nonetheless.

Down a sort of causeway from them is the Sphinx, which has recently been restored. It was apparently built by Chephren from limestone remaining after Cheop's pyramid was built. It's overrun with tourists in a way that the pyramids themselves, standing the desert, seem not to be.

The canonical photo
the canonical photo

the littlest camel driver

the littlest camel driver

kids who like stickers!
the kids who climb the small pyramids, and like stickers on their foreheads
the sphinx down the causeway
the Sphinx, who overlooks Cairo suburbs now

two old broads in front of a pyramid
and again we pose.

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