When you think of Egypt – um, pre-2011 – what do you conjure up? Yom Kippur? A stone cat? Food-borne parasites?
As expected, you didn’t mention the word nature. Sure, the stones of the Sphinx and the Pyramids aren’t human-made, and parasites are…my point is that you likely aren’t expressly visiting for its clean air or palm-covered landscape. Unless you’re Russian.
My trips for the most part have involved massive cities. That’s changing – my inner organs are thankful – and an excursion from Egypt’s superlatively busy capital, Cairo, to Giza, Dashur and Saqqara was one reason why. Strolling around a desert, mostly by myself, then stumbling upon a structure built thousands of years prior- definitely worth the escape. Beyond sampling ancient history and experiencing death-defying (though not life-altering) stunts the driver pulled, it was a also treat to finally check out a national park:
This guy’s determined to reduce his carbon footprint. Based on his camouflage, he’s just as determined to reduce yours too.
Traffic obstacles aside, the quality of the road still looks heaps better than anything in New York City.