Cairo, Egypt is such a fun, rugged place to visit. It has many interesting sites for children to fully enjoy as well as adults. It definitely requires some planning with kids for this one but it is well worth it. One piece of Egypt that is very interesting are the Pyramids. The most well know pyramids are the Great Pyramids of Giza. There are, however, many other pyramids that have been built all around Egypt. Some of these Pyramids are not as perfectly balanced as others. It is very interesting to see all the various pyramids because you can really see the trial and error process that went along with creating the perfect pyramids.
My trip to Egypt was brief but memorable. I chose to stay at the Mena House Hotel. This hotel is situated very close to the Pyramids of Giza and is very beautiful. Upon booking this hotel, the hotel staff let us know that we would not be able to have a room with a view of the pyramids as they were booked, however we would have a nice courtyard view. We were fine with this a proceeding to our booking. On our arrival we were greeded at the door with much hospitality. Welcome drinks were offered to us from a very friendly staff. We proceeded to our room. I entered the room and noticed the curtains were drawn. When I went to pull back the curtains I gasped at the beauty. We in fact were put in a room with a view of the Pyramids of Giza. The view was a very close view. There are no words to describe the amazing beauty. The hotel then informed us that they did in fact get an opening for a room with a Pyramid view and therefore they changed our room as we had a request in their system. Wow, Amazing!
There are many wonderful hotels in Egypt. Here is a list of some.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo – located in a busy part of the city and overlooks the Nile.
What to see
The Pyramids of Giza – The famous Pyramids of Giza and one of the original ancient Wonders of the World are absolutely a magnificent site to see.
The Great Sphinx of Giza – This is a worlds largest and oldest monumental statue that is worth seeing.
Nile Cruise – this is considered a wonderful site to see. I feel personally that it would be much better to take during the day rather then the night and I feel a possible multi-day adventure would be more worthwhile depending on your time restrictions.
Pyramid sound and light show – The pyramid sound and light show is great to see a night perspective of this beautiful attraction. There is a history dialog that is played along with colorful lazer lights. There is a beautiful perspective of the Pyramids, the dessert and the Sphynx as a backdrop.
The Citadel – This is historical mosque worth seeing. During the time of Napoleon he used one of the areas as a stable which created much tension as it made that portion unusable for worship. As a result they built a new area for worship that is absolutely gorgeous and grand.
Egyptian Museum – This is really a fun and interesting museum to see. Seeing the tombs and mummies are very interesting for both kids and adults.
Khan Khalili Bazaar – This bazaar is a lot of fun to visit. There is a twisted maze of shops and vendors selling a variety of goods from clothes to jewelry to housewares. This market allows one to have a very local feel. This is the place to bring cash and your negotiating skills.
Memphis and Saqqara – There are great landmarks to visit here. The pyramid here is one of the earlier pyramids called a step pyramid. The surface looks like steps. It is great if you have a guide to tell you about the background and history.