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The second day in Egypt dawned with a burst of sunshine that was not to last long. We found a restaurant for breakfast. The hotel had at least eight restaurants. Just about any type of food you could ask for was available somewhere in the hotel. Mohammed showed up at nine am and we started our first day of sight seeing. We did the first day without a guide and I have to say I wish we had had a guide. On Mohammed's recomendation we started out going south to Memphis (Egypt not Tennessee.) This was the seat of power in early Egypt. I think I should say something at this point. Egyptian history is overwhelming. There is so much history that it is very easy to become so overwhelmed by it all that you just tune most of it out, that happened to us on the first day. The ride to Memphis was in itself a sight seeing event then you add the main attraction and it becomes ho hum. In the first place all the big name sights I had already seen numerous time on television. Close up and personal became almost impossible because of the peddlers. Memphis was still worth the visit but only as a brief stop.
The second stop and one that was a little more interesting was Sacarra the home of the famous step pyramid. this was one of the earliest pyramids . Here is another point about Egyptian sight seeing. Pyramids are meant to be seen at a distance. A pyramid up close is little more than a couple of rocks. We could look out across the Giza platerau and count numerous smaller pyramids.
That is downtown Cairo in the distance.