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A Serious Tourist Moment - Camels to the Tombs of the Nobles

One of the things you have to do in Egypt is ride camels -- if you don't have pictures of yourself on a camel, people might not believe you had visited Egypt at all!

the camel parking-lot on the bank of the nile

We had a number of opportunities to ride camels -- at Giza (which was truly a tourist moment!), and again on our way from the Nile to St. Simeon and then on again to the Tombs of the Nobles. By the end of the day -- probably two hours on camels -- I was heartily sick of them!

the horde of us on the way to st. simeon

It was fun, really. It certainly takes a bit of getting used to, but the rolling walk of the camels in the sand is fun, and on a few occasions we got to lope off into the distance, arms flapping like some extra in Lawrence of Arabia. I felt really bad for the camel drivers, though, tromping through the sand beside the camels. It was hard work -- even the few hundred yards we walked in the soft shifting sand was tiring. I definitely appreciated the camel!

our guide, George, Mar and I on camels


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