statue o one o the most importantPharaohs in history, King Ramses II,impresses by its sheer size.The most monumental site in Memphis wasundeniably the world’s oldest standing steppyramid -
. Used as an importantcomplex or minor burials and ceremoniesor 3,000 years, the Saqqara is the burialground o the rst Pharaoh o Egypt, KingMenes. Cut rom rock, the gallery o tombs,known as
, looked like the settingo Star Wars.
Nile River dinner cruise
Ater a day o exploring the EgyptianMuseum and the grand souk o
Khan El- Khalili
, we relaxed on a Nile River dinnercruise, enjoying a stunning night view oCairo, a sumptuous spread o authentic localcuisine (buet style) and entertaining bellydance perormances.In contrast with ancient Egyptian culture,auent locals refected modern-day Egypt.Dressed to the nines, they openly enjoyedtheir east and danced along to the MiddleEastern rhythm.
Desert adventures on a 4x4 jeep
With a vast part o Western Egypt coveredby desert, we ventured away rom thecity into the heart o the country. Arrivingat the bus terminal o
,we transerred to a jeep with two ellowbackpackers and our guide Mohammed.Trekking through the Crystal Mountain,we were stunned by odd rocky ormations.Frolicking in the sand dunes and the BlackDesert, we passed varying landscapes,one ater another. In the evening, weound ourselves driving through thelegendary
where chalkormations create an intriguing phenomenalenvironment.As the sun set, our
guide set up atent in the middle o the desert to prepareor a barbeque dinner and a night under thestars. With a campre, Mohammed dishedout juicy roast chicken and tomato stew,as we shared tales and laughter in the colddesert air. Snuggled in our sleeping bags,staring out into an endless sky o sparklingstars was a surreal experience that remainsetched in my memory.