Posing in front of the ruins. Yes, the camera bag was heavy.
Everyone's out to make a buck. Just for being in my photo, this camel's owner wanted money.
This is the typical scene at most tourist sites in Egypt
Waiting for unsuspecting tourists.
At the base of the Great Pyramid, Sheri poses to give the stones some scale.
Entrance to the Tomb of Ka-Gmni. Note the date.
Stepped Pyramid of Saqqara
Home to the oldest stone monument in the world, the Step Pyramid, Saqqara isn't a place the tour buses visit, but was a much better example of an ancient Egyptian tomb. What made it even better was that it wasn't crowded.
A rare opportunity to get a photo without throngs of people.
The colossus of Rameses II
Posing for baksheesh
Climbing out of the pyramid while hunched over, sweaty and hot. Despite being underground, it must have been 100° inside the tomb.
Fighting the crowds to get a glimpse of the Sphinx.
Local girls wearing colorful hijabs add some variety to the otherwise dull colors of the desert.
The Great Sphinx
The Great Pyramid of Cheops, a requisite stop on any visit to Egypt. We spent the day with our newfound traveling companions, Michael and Sarah, from Portland.
It was easy to spot the tourists. As with most Middle East countries, we read that we should dress conservatively. Obviously, these people didn't get that far in their guide book.
At night, colorful lights illuminate the pyramids
Hawkers sell trinkets all around the plateau
The view of the Giza plateau with Cairo in the background
Great Pyramid, Egypt
Each block of the pyramid is as tall as a person
Although the Pyramids look like they're far out in the desert, the Giza plateau is actually very close to the city.
Outside the Lion Biclinium
Detail of the Lion Biclinium
Kids playing on the tombs
Palace Tomb and Corinthian Tomb
Sheep live in those tombs now
Wide shot of the tombs
Inside the Renaissance Tomb
Inside the Tomb of the Soldier
Tomb of the Soldier
The Garden Tomb