This morning the hotel staff took us on a tour of the city after and huge breakfast with some amazing highlights: fresh squeezed orange juice, homemade greek yogurt, every kind of breakfast meat you could want accompanied by every kind of egg dish you could image, nuts, dates, coffee, teas, and more! They rolled us down the hall for the hotel tour and we were able to see their new restaurants that were under construction. They will have four restaurant/bars when it is finalized.
Next we loaded into our private, air-conditioned (very important!) bus and went onto the Pyramids. The photos make them seem like they are in the middle of nowhere but actually they are right outside Cairo. You just can't see Cairo because of all the smog. The city does have a huge pollution problem which is enhanced by their famous traffic jams (the world's worst - not an over exaggeration).
The Pyramids of Giza are as amazing in person as you can imagine from the photos. Its hard to believe you are there standing alongside them. We kept thinking of the similarities between the pyramids and the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Did they somehow interact across the miles of ocean and two continents? Their techniques seem too similar to be consequential.
After the pyramids, we went to lunch at Le Pacha along the river. They offer you water on the tour and every time you take a break. Its a good idea so that no one passes out from heat exhaustion. I couldn't get enough water because you are constantly sweating no matter what you do.
That evening when we went back to the hotel we had a gourmet dinner. Matt had the rack of lamb and I had the pasta. We drifted off to sleep in comfort and happiness, ready for our Nile adventure to begin tomorrow.