CRUISING THROUGH EYGPT
Rebecca Noakes takes a break in Eygpt
I knew it was unreasonable to think that after thousands of years the
thing would collapse as soon as I am underneath it, I still couldnt
help noticing the thing was crumbling round the edges
wonder of Egypt can never be truly understood or described unless
visited and I was lucky enough to go to this enchanted country before
the recent troubles in the part of the world began.
My family and myself travelled to Egypt as part of a three day cruise
while on holiday to Cyprus. The trip involved a day in Egypt, a
day in Israel and a day at sea, the day trip to Egypt involved visiting
the countries most famous tourist attraction the Giza Plateau that
contains the last surviving ancient wonder of the world the pyramids.
The trip also included a few hours in the impressive Cairo museum
and a papyrus factory.
If you have never
been tempted to visit this country than your missing out on a wealth
of historic and breath-taking monuments ranging from the imposing pyramids,
the spectacular sphinx and the ore-inspiring Abu Simbal. The cruise
I went on is the ideal way to see a little bit of the country before
you go back for more, and I can guarantee youll want to. The country
has a magical effect on you and leaves you wanting to know about its
history and people.
The cruise ship was relatively small but comfortable and it made the
early morning seem not so bad with delicious breakfasts to suit everyones
The day begins early as you arrive in Egypt to you are able to see the
sunrise as the ship docks. Theres a long trip into the heart of
the country, which is tiring, but if you remember to pack a few bottles
of water and youll be able to starve off the heat. The ride is
well worth is as the magnificent pyramids come into view; I can honestly
say this is the only time Ive truly had my breath taken away.
The three pyramids
and the sphinx make up the Giza Plateau, which is Egypts biggest
tourist attraction. The great kings built the pyramids as monuments
to themselves and to ensure they have a safe trip into the afterlife.
The tallest of the three pyramids, The Great Pyramid, was King Khufus
tomb and was the first to be built. It towers over the city of Cairo
at the mighty height of 138.75 m (455.21 ft) and was the largest man-made
construction on earth for years.
You cant help but be astounded at the craftsmanship in a achievement
like this, although now days we build skyscrapers thousands of feet
high, we use machines and heavy lifting equipment, to stand in front
of the pyramids and think that it was built with nothing more than brute
strength and a few pulleys is astonishing.
I was lucky enough to be able to go in the second from largest pyramid
that of Khafre, Khufus son. This pyramid stands at the impressive
height of 136.4 m (447.50 ft) and to say I was slightly dubious of going
underground when something of that height and size was above me was
an understatement. I knew it was unreasonable to think that after thousands
of years the thing would collapse as soon as I am underneath it, I still
couldnt help noticing the thing was crumbling round the edges.
After I bit of persuading from my Dad who said I was just being silly,
I wandered down the long, dark and extremely small tunnel.
As we reached what I was hoping was the bottom, there was an Egyptian
man sitting on the floor telling us to go round the corner, to my dismay
the way another set of steps down into the depths having now got at
least twenty people behind me there was nothing to do but to go down.
Once I got over the fear of being crushed I actually started to realise
how marvellous it was being in a construction that was thousands of
years old. At the bottom of the tunnel I entered a room and inside was
a sarcophagus. (This is where the Egyptians put their dead royals).
The experience, although slightly scary at the first, was well worth
it. After we exited the pyramid we decided to walk around the smaller
pyramid of Menkaure, which stands at 65.5 m (214.89 ft).
Unfortunately we spent a lot of time wandering around the pyramid that
our coach actually left us and went to the top of the plateau for more
panoramic view, needless to say that was quiet unnerving thinking wed
been left behind, luckily though within ten minutes the coach returned
and we got back on. We then made the short trip from the pyramids to
the sphinx, the monument with the cat like body and the face of a man.
The paws themselves are 50 feet long (15m) while the entire length is
150 feet (45m). It is extremely noticeable when you see the sphinx that
the body and head dont seem to match, the theories behind this
is that the whole thing used to be a lion but thousands of years ago
a pharaoh had his own image carved into it.
After taking thousand of pictures at the plateau we got back on the
coach, and made the trip to the Cairo museum were we got to see the
indescribable treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun. The
museum is enormous and unfortunately I only got to see a small portion
of it; but seeing Tutankhamun death mask was incredible. The mask is
made of gold inlaid with lapis lazuli and carnelian. The mask comes
from the innermost mummy case in the pharaoh's tomb and stands 54 cm
(21 in) high.
Visiting the museum helped me understand a little bit more about the
countries exciting history and people. After visiting Egypt I can't
wait to go back and see more of the wonderful things the country has
© Rebecca Noakes
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