This is a classic image that comes to mind when mention is made of the Pyramids at Giza. In the foreground is the Sphinx which was carved from an outcrop of rock left behind when the stones for the Great Pyramid were quarried. Used for target practice by Napoleonic troops the human head remains without a nose and beard deliberately although the paws and haunches of the beast were renovated during the 1980s and 1990s. Behind is the Pyramid of Chephren, with steeper sides than the Great Pyramid and its summit intact. Chephren was the son of Cheops who reigned between 2589 and 2566 BC and for whom the Great Pyramid was built.
Here I am standing on the blocks of the north face of the Great Pyramid. It was early in the morning and there were not too many people about so we were able to linger without being hassled by the tourist police or hawkers. I hope from this image you get a sense of the huge scale of the pyramid, the task of construction and the sheer antiquity of it. We visited other, lesser known pyramids, including Mycerinus which is sheathed in Aswan granite and is sometimes known as the Red Pyramid. Closeby there are three subsidiary pyramids which you’ll see below:
When I heard the horse-riders calling in Arabic and racing across the desert sand, I thought it was probably a good time to leave. I didn’t fancy trying to fight my way through the crowds, the camels and the horses.
Dave and I had a splendid time in Cairo and came home to find the house still standing, although my home-alone sixteen year old son had loaded the washing machine with vomit streaked sheets!