|Mary Ellen Edmunds...our fearless leader!|
|In front of the 2nd Pyramid of Giza|
We saw great extremes from poverty and shabby dwelling areas, to the most modern of libraries and beautiful harbors.
We docked in Alexandria, and drove to Cairo and the pyramids at Giza. It took 3 hours to get to there. We weren't prepared for the aggressive sellers, and had to quickly learn to barter with Arabs! It was draining-- no wonder the UN has such a hard time negotiating! Bonnie said, "Offer them 1/3rd of what they ask, then hagle."
For two days, ate lots of meat and rice for meals. Below is a large spit, where our lunch was cooked!
|Like normal, Steve said he wasn't going, then changed his mind.|
|Not too scary in this position!|
Yellow group tour buddies: KC Benedict, Sandi, and Ethel--desert riders!
We learned a lot about the early Egyptians and their belief in the plan of salvation, even to the point of having their burial texts inscriped in the core of the pyramids, and on their sarcophagi. Their understanding came from their connection to the House of Israel through Ham and Egyptus.
Their papyrus facsimilies also reinforce their understanding of death, judgement,
and temple ceremonies and align themselves with core beliefs of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Day 2 in Alexandria, Oct. 11
Beautiful bridges in Alexandria
1. Royal Hellenistic quarter ( on the Harbor)
2. Egyptian national quarter in the west
3. Jewish quarter in the east. Today there are hardly any Jews left in the city, though their synagogues still remain.
Many apartment buildings are unfinished because they are exempt from taxes. We even saw one three-story building with a goat herd on the top.
Compare that to their new state of the art, library on the harbor, complete with modern technology, 3 museums, and planetarium. It is open to the world via the internet: http://bibalex.com/