Thursday, February 26, 2009

EGYPT

egypt was AWESOME! we were able to spend 2 days there. seeing the pyramids was just breathtaking. i even got to ride a camel! looking back i can't believe that we were really there! the pyramids were gigantic...as you can see below. ben's standing at the base of one of them. each stone was that big!...a look at all 3 of the pyramids together. pyramids are actually tombs (which i didn't know). each one houses just ONE person (a king, etc). crazy how much work went into them...years and years...just so they could provide a sacred burial place for their king etc...the great pyramid of giza! one of the 7 wonders of the world! pictures don't do justice..it was SO TOWERING AND BIG!!...look at all the camels!...sitting on the side of one of the pyramids...down a bit from the pyramids was the sphinx!...a closer look at the sphinx...a bazaar (shopping area) we passed. if any of you watched the news this day you would have heard that tourists were bombed at a bazaar similar to this one! the bomb went off only about 15 miles from where we were at the time! pretty scary & crazy..out of all days for us to be in cairo! luckily it WASN'T us!...we went on a 'lunch cruise' on the nile! our boat was called the 'nile crystal'. it was pretty cool to see the nile and float down it!...us during lunch :)...some cute little girls who lived right by the nile. i just had to take their picture. they were running towards a small boat that was on the side of the river...some of the entertainers on our nile lunch boat :)...out on the deck looking over the nile... can you tell it was windy :)...an egypt license plate :)...those 2 funny looking structures are pigeon coops! they actually eat a lot of pigeon there, so everyone raises them!...laundry was hung outside all of the buildings...this is what a lot of the streets looked like. it was a really poor country...we went to the mosque of muhammad alli...this chandelier is over 200 years old. it was given to muhammad alli by the french...

darla, larry, & i inside...
outside of the mosque looking over cairo, egypt!...the tomb of Muhammad Alli!... this is how most of the egyptian women looked/dressed...a market in the heart of alexandria, egypt...some boys pulling ?? :)...we were able to go to some catacombs. we walked down a lot of stairs and tunnels to get way underneath the earth. it was pretty sweet...another room full of tombs...going down into the bottom of the catacombs... kinda crazy, huh...those are actual carvings and an actual stone tomb (or coffin)... the main tomb of the catacombs...we went to a museum that had a lot of different artifacts etc. we were able to go down into a tomb underneath the museum to see a real mummy. it was REALLY cool!...up closer...some really cool statues found in a pyramid... a really ancient book....some original oil lamps found in a ruin. pretty cool. makes me think of the 10 virgins...in front of the museum :)...in front of another mosque...all i could think of was aladdin : )...

9 comments:

Cori said...

Wow! I'm at a loss for words! What a trip! Going to Egypt would be amazing!

Julie said...

Your trip sounds so amazing! The pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Kam said...

Hi Kara! I'm LOVING all your updates!! Looks like you're having an AMAZING time. So glad you were safe in Cairo. Hey, the camel you rode... was his name Moses, by chance? I seriously think I rode the same camel when we went there. I have an almost identical picture from our trip (2007). ha!

Darla said...

ONE WORD -- JEALOUS!!! I have always wanted to travel in those areas! How awesome!!! I hope you had a great time. Cool Pics, I love looking at them. Hope all is going great. Love ya!

Mizukawa's said...

wow what a trip how long all together? what a good momma you have.

Karen said...

Wow Kara--What WONDERFUL posts you have put up for us!! I just got through reading of your WHOLE TRIP and it's been SO FUN!! Thanks so very much for sharing. How NICE that you took along your laptop and have been keeping up with all theswe fantastic adventures!!

You haven't said much about Darla and Larry, but I'm assuming that THEY are the ones taking pictures of you and Ben, eh?? And just to think----my Darla sister has been seeing all these marvelous sights, TOO---just like YOU!!! How Incredible!!

According to my calculations, you are currently in France and I'm eager to read the ending (which is now rapidly approaching!) So thanks again for all you've Posted. Keep having Fun. (by the way---you sure are beautiful, and you take exceptionally wonderful pictures!) Love, Aunt Karen in Idaho

Jobi Niu said...

I'm loving our updates as well.. I can't believe that bomb was that close to you.. SO SCARY! YOur hair.. WOW! I'm SOOOO jealous. It's STUNNING! Way cool pictures..

Heidi B C said...

I'm just LOVIN' the photos from Egypt!!!

Pierre said...

Okay, I was jealous when I saw the pics in Malta, but now I'm really jealous! You guys went on my dream vacation! :) I want to go to Egypt so bad. It was fun to see the pictures. I'm glad you guys are home safe. By the way, it's funny you went to Malta, Pierre is always talking to the dogs about their "home in Malta." haha. (They are Maltese) Lyndsey