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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (Pyramids of Giza)

For this week’s Photo Challenge, we were spoiled with choice. The Eiffel Tower? Petra? Cristo Redentor?? What to choose? What to choose? πŸ˜€

We finally went with the Pyramids of Giza.

Pyramids

With some of the world’s most ancient wonders, tourism has always been a mainstay of the Egyptian economy. In past years however, due to the increasingly difficult political situation, it has been all but decimated.

We were informed by individuals working in the field, that tourism numbers had dropped to just 10% of normal. The situation was really dire for a lot of people, especially small business owners.

Pyramid Panorama

As tourists, 2012 was a strange time to be in Egypt. We benefited from extremely low prices and uncrowded world class monuments, but were hassled (very aggressively) at times by the thousands of tourism operators vying for our business and trying to survive.

I can’t say that we ever felt any real danger, but there were definitely some sad/frustrating moments for us. Two tourists can only support so much of the tourism industry, and it was hard to say no to people that so obviously needed help.

Still, I’m glad we visited when we did. We had some extraordinary experiences, like galloping through the Sahara Desert, past the pyramids on horses!

Horseback Riding through the Sahara

Horseback Riding through the Sahara

Have you been to Egypt in recent years? Would you feel comfortable visiting with the current political situation?

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  1. Beautiful photos πŸ™‚
    So much wanderlust looking at your travels! You have been to all these places we want to see….

    April 12, 2014
    • Thank you!! We were able to see so much during our RTW in 2012. Have you guys ever considered taking one??

      April 13, 2014
      • We have taken 4 months off once before and are taking another 4 months in July but have not done continuous length of time! Our parents are getting older so we don’t want to be away from them too long! But one day, we will do slow travel! That’s our goal one of these days πŸ˜‰

        April 13, 2014
        • 4 months is a great chunk of time, and in the future I think that’s more along the lines of what we’d like to do. Slow travel too. Lol. Unfortunately we didn’t get to travel too slowly during our RTW – we did 25 countries!!! πŸ˜€

          April 14, 2014
          • 25 countries? Wow! How long were you away for on the RTW??

            April 14, 2014
            • Exactly 1 year!! We initially thought we’d travel slower, but then we started thinking what if we never get to do this again, and just went for it! πŸ™‚

              April 15, 2014
  2. Nice take on the Monument theme! I have not visited Egypt and I wouldn’t feel comfortable visiting any country in the Middle East, to answer your questions.

    Still, it must have been an exciting time for you, a time to remember forever. πŸ™‚

    Meanwhile, you’re welcome to come and see what my take on the theme is:
    http://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/weekly-photo-challenge-monument-2/

    April 16, 2014
    • Thanks for stopping by Cris! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I felt a bit uncomfortable, especially crossing into Israel, where we landed on the day Palestine and Israel started bombing each other, and left the day they signed the ceasefire! πŸ˜‰ Still, amazing experiences, and we felt quite safe, despite everything that was going on.

      April 16, 2014
      • You’re fortunate to have been able to go there, for sure. The place I’d like to go is Central America, although I’ve heard they’ve been closing down some sites for tourists. Sad, if true.

        April 16, 2014
  3. I would live to visit so e day but the political situation has been holding us back 😦

    April 18, 2014
    • I’m really glad that we visited when we did. Things were bad, but nowhere close to as bad as it is now, and we never felt unsafe, even though we saw at least 3 demonstrations while we were there and had to ride in a caravan with armed guards to Abu Simbel.

      April 21, 2014

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