Having the car back, this obviously means that our "itchy feet" need a cure and we have to be back on the road again!
So, we tried to make as much of the last few days in this "terrible beauty" of a city. Here are some impressions ...
The Pyramids of Gizeh is something that everybody "knows" from their history books at school. Standing right in front of them is so very dwarfing and certainly puts the impressive technological and scientifical development and knowledge of the old Egyptians in its right position! ... all this was constructed at a time when Europe still was full of savages clad in animal skins. What a magical place!
As Egypt is suffering under a 75% decrease of tourists at the moment, this enables you to be more or less on your own discovering this only remaining of the ancient seven wonders of the world.
We don't know what's wrong here, but usually it's the parents who try to "make" their kids go to museums, churches et cetera ... Sóley makes us go to mosque after mosque and apparently is deeply touched ...
Before coming to Cairo, Sam was one of the great people who had helped us in planning our Transafrican adventure. We were invited to stay at his home, our kids loved the atmosphere of a flat with a multitude of interesting things to discover in every corner and on every shelf ... and impressively, nothing has been damaged by them.
After having spent about a week together, we feel like we leave a friend behind. It's great that we have at least two travel plans together, Sam!
The roads that took us down south to the Red Sea coast were in unexpectedly good condition. Still, I had to drive in darkness for about 1,5 hours ("Don't do it!", says the German Foreign Ministry in its travel advice).
The countryside is rocky, dusty and smells of petrol.