We start in Giza, near the modern city of Cairo. This is the tallest of the three pyramids at Giza, the final resting place of Cheops.
And his son's pyramid, Chephren.
The infamous Sphynx. He's looking pretty good considering his advanced years.
The sun setting over the pyramids, as seen from Pizza Hut.
This is out best travel tip for Giza:
have dinner at Pizza Hut and watch the sun set over the pyramids.
A few miles to the south in Saqqara is an earlier pyramid, the step pyramid.
Ancient Memphis is in the same area. This is a statue of Ramses II. Anytime you visit Egypt you'll get very used to his face, because he had more statues build of himself than any other Pharaoh. In that way, he was a real patron of the arts.
We then cruised down the Nile.
On the west bank of the Nile (the side of the setting sun) is
the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
These two colossal statues stand guard near the river.
This is the Valley of the Kings. King Tut's tomb is somewhere in these narrow canyons.
This is the Temple of Hetepsu, the only female Pharaoh. It's thought she built this temple in an attempt to link her image with the masculine, kick-butt images of her predecessors.
On the East bank of the Nile are two famous temples, Karnak and Luxor. This is the entrance to Luxor; there used to be two obelisks there, but one is now in Paris.
Just down the road is the Temple of Karnak. The way is lined with these ram-headed sphynx.
Karnak features some beautiful colonnaded halls with the hieroglyphs mostly still intact.
Further south is a lesser known Temple of Edfu, dedicated to Horus the Falcon God. I mostly know him for his eye, which graced the cover the the Alan Parsons Project's album Eye in the Sky.
The small temple of Philae is on an island in the Nile
These cow-headed columns are similar to the
Greek Caryatids, embodiments of feminine beauty used in architecture.
We were told Egyptian women thought it was a compliment to be told they "look like a cow."
This is a wall of the Philae Temple, showing the intricate Bas-reliefs.
This small temple near Philae is called Trajan's Temple, after the Roman Emperor who built it.
This granite quarry near Aswan shows how large pieces of marble were cut out when a new obelisk was needed to praise the Pharaohs and the Gods.
The Temple at Abu Simbal is well out of the way, but worth the trip. The three remaining statues of Ramses II let you know who built it. The temple had to be moved when the Aswan High Dam was built, and now sits on a hill high enough to avoid the water. (Philae Temple, above, also had to be moved to a different island because of the dam).
Bedouin Bob's is in the Sinai desert. We saw him on the
way to the Colored Canyon.
The pictures below show you how the canyon got its name.